On the 1911 census, the Garretts of Main Street, East Haddon, still had 11 of their
children living at home. James, their eldest, was then 14, and it seems he was not
living at home.
He was born in 1899 so would have been 15 when the war started . Conscription started
in 1916 when he was 17, and he joined the 2nd Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment
where he served as a private.
He died in the battle of the Somme on 4th March, 1917, aged just 18. He has no known
grave, but he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, NW of Amiens, France, together
with 72,000 other soldiers from Britain and South Africa.