Both James Pte 1110469

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Name Both James
Army number 1110469
Rank Private.
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards.
Date of birth Born Kent. Date not yet confirmed but probably 1909 - exact date not yet known. National Registration Number AVGG 161/1.
Age At the time of his death - 35 years old.
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 16/1/1941. Carried out Basic Training - probably at a Primary Training Centre. Posted to the 16th Field Training Regiment 3/4/1941. Posted to the 55th Field Regiment - date not yet known. Transferred to the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment 28/10/1943. Served Normandy. Transferred to The Durham Light Infantry 20/7/1944 as part of a group transfer, and posted to the 10th Battalion DLI. Wounded 27/7/1944. DIED OF WOUNDS 1/10/1944 in hospital in the UK while serving with 10th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry.
Company/Battery Not yet known.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet known.
Task or role Not yet known but probably rifleman.
Joined Brigade 20/7/1944.
Promotions None known.
Wounded Yes - understood to have been wounded on 26th or 27th July 1944.
Prisoner of War No
Died/Killed in action DIED of WOUNDS 01-Oct-44 at Letchford Emergency Hospital, Burntwood.
Home address Resident of Gravesend, Kent. Youngest son of Carl Christian and Esther Both (nee Ramsey). Educated at Milton Road School. Worked for Charrington Brewery in Mile End Road. Husband of Elsie May Both (nee Austin), Gravesend. Married in 1931. Had three children. Buried Plot B. 4. Grave 1942, Gravesend Cemetery.
Source table 10DLI

It is understood that Gunner Both's enlistment in the Royal Artillery was delayed as enemy bombing of the family home destroyed his enlistment notice.

Private Both's Obituary Noticce from his local newspaper is set out below:-

Newspaper report