Captain W W James

William Wybergh James was the eldest son of William Edward Ashton James of Barrock Park, Southwaite, Cumbria. He served in the 20th Hussars when they were in South Africa for the Boer War and was later adjutant in the Cumberland and Westmorland Yeomanry. He was married in 1903 and had a daughter, Lorner Ashton James. William died on 18 Aug 1906 aged 32. There is a plaque to him in St Mary's Church, High Hesket, near Carlisle, which describes him as a zealous soldier, brave, modest and courteous, beloved and respected by all. The photo shows him in khaki service dress for South Africa. The collar is edged with a lighter material and the shoulder straps are in a dark material, probably crimson. He appears to hold the rank of lieutenant at this time.

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