James Carroll was born on 2nd March, 1896 near the Block, Coleshill Fawr, Flint, and baptised on 8th March, 1896 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Flint. He was the illegitimate son of Dora Carroll née Kennedy and a half-brother to Private John Carroll who also died in the war and has his own page elsewhere.
Dora died in 1900 and James was raised by his half-brother John and half-sister Catherine at 19, Redfern Row, Chester Road. Catherine married Edward Bartley in 1906 and lived at 59, Chester Road, and took James with them.
James was first employed as a cutter boy at the Oakenholt Paper Mill before moving to the Hawarden Bridge Ironworks, Shotton. He was unmarried.
He enlisted in Flint circa September 1914, with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, No. 14928. He landed in France 28th September, 1915. It is not known when he was transferred to the Welsh regiment.
He was killed in action in France, 5th May, 1917, and buried at the Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le- Grand, Somme, France (Plot VI, Row G, Grave 7).
He was awarded the 1914–15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and is remembered on two war memorials: Flint Town and St Mary’s Catholic Church, Flint. He is also commemorated on the North Wales Heroes’ Memorial Arch, Bangor.