DOLBY James Alfred

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James Alfred Dolby and his brother Reuben were both killed in the final stages of the First World War. They were among seven children of James and Annie Dolby of Pasture House, Tinwell. James enlisted in the 50th Machine Gun Corps on 27 October 1916. He went to the Western Front on 9 August 1917, was gassed during the German offensive which started on 21 March 1918, and reported missing on May 27. The British Red Cross established that he had been seen lying on the roadside near Maisy badly wounded. Nothing further was heard of him until 1 January 1919, when his widow was told that he had died on 9 June 1918, in the field hospital at St Erme from the effects of a bullet wound. He was originally buried in the cemetery in the grounds of the hospital but his body was moved after the war and now lies in St Erme Communal Cemetery Extension, grave B.16. He is remembered on the war memorial in Tinwell. Reuben was killed a few months later, in September.

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  • Tinwell Church
  • Tinwell Memorial 1
  • Tinwell plaque
  • St. Erme Communal Cemetery Extension 1
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James Alfred Dolby and Rueben Dolby from Tinwell were brothers. They came from a large family of around 7. They were my great uncles, and I wept with pride when I saw their pictures for the first time today, and read of their bravery. Lest we forget. x
By skinnylizzy on Thursday 15th May '14 at 7:47pm
James Alfred Dolby was born in 1893. His family members were..... William Dolby (born 1898), Margaret Dolby (born 1889), Albert Dolby (born 1884), Charles Dolby (born 1882). Edward Dolby (born 1885) and Rueben (already mentioned). The family lived in a thatched cottage down what is now Crown Lane in Tinwell.
By skinnylizzy on Friday 16th May '14 at 11:11am
4 images Some pictures of Mr Dolby's headstone
By John Stokes on Sunday 30th November '14 at 6:19pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
3 images More pictures of Mr Dolby's headstone, taken 17 August 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 4:28pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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