Private James Henry Andrew Lincolnshire Regiment

Written by Karen Day
First Published

Introduction

James Andrew died on the 22nd of April 1918, aged 29.

Recorded incorrectly as James H Andrews on the WWI Memorial in St Andrews Church, Burton upon Stather.

James was the son of James and Jane Andrew, of Snitterby, Kirton Lindsey, Lincs. He worked on the Normanby Estate for the Sheffield family as a Farm Horseman and 1911 finds him living with his sister Elizabeth A Waterland, a widow, in Normanby. There was another boarder living at the property called Charles Kettleborough who was a Police Constable. The address was recorded on the census as being part of Home Farm, Normanby.

Lincolnshire Regiment cap badge.
© IWM (INS 5552)

He joined the army aged 26 on 19th Febuary 1916, his address at that time being given as Burton upon Stather and his occupation as Brewers Drayman. By the time James joined them in February 1916 the 2nd Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment had already been in France for 15 months landing at Le Harve on 6th November 1916, forming part of the 25th Brigade (8th Division). They were transferred into the 62nd Brigade (part of the 21st Division) in February 1918. His medal entitlement the British War Medal and Victory Medal known when displayed together as Mutt and Jeff related to a popular comic strip of the times by Harry C. Fisher appearing originally in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In 1931 writing the foreword to the book The History of the Lincolnshire Regiment 1914 - 1918, The Earl of Yarborough, the then Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, reminds us of the heavy cost Lincolnshire paid in the loss of life of it's young men.

The Lincolnshire Regiment in the late War, that eight of the ten battalions which fought in France and Gallipoli, namely the 4th, 5th, 2/4th, 2/5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th, were all raised in the County. Further, the 1st and 2nd Battalions were recruited in the County and their heavy losses made good from the County.

The Earl of Yarborough
Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
The History of the Lincolnshire Regiment 1914 - 1918
Mr Albert Lee - 1911

In his preface the editor, Major-General C.R. Simpson, pays tribute to young men like James Andrew and reminds us all of their sacrifice.

To the survivors of those who personally took part in the operations described, it will recall to memory the scenes in which they were actors, and the comrades with whom they served. To other readers it may, it is hoped, act as a reminder, if a reminder be necessary, of the self-sacrifice, the sense of duty to country, of the many men of all classes and all ages from youth to middle-age, who left their ordinary occupations in civil life to bear arms in defence of their country, and to the relatives of those who fell, as a memorial.

Major-General C.R. Simpson
The History of the Lincolnshire Regiment 1914 - 1918
Mr Albert Lee - 1911

Born in Snitterby, Lincolnshire James is also honoured on the War Memorial found at the village church of St Nicholas.

Record Details for James Henry Andrew

First Names:James Henry
Initials:J. H.
Surname:Andrew
Age:29
Birthplace:Snitterby, Lincolnshire
Nationality:British
Resided:Burton upon Stather
Death Date:
Family Info:Son of James and Jane Andrew, of Snitterby, Kirton Lindsey, Lincs.
Rank:Private
Service Number:21467
Service:British Army
Regiment:Lincolnshire Regiment
Battalion:"C" Coy. 2nd Battalion
Grave:Boulogne Eastern Cemetery - IX. A. 6. Map
Awards:

Map

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Sources

  1. UK Census
  2. Army Medal Rolls 1914 - 1918

Remembered with Honour.

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