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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