Private James Earnshaw 15/1559

15/1559 Pte J.Earnshaw Born. 1882 Bramley, Leeds Died Leeds. 18/1/1938 Aged 56. James Earnshaw was the son of local Boot maker Thompson Earnshaw and his American born wife Kate, the family home was a small cottage in Harrison’s Yard, Bramley, after the birth of 3 more children (John, Ann and Annie lizzie ) the family moved to a larger house at Amen corner in the Hyde Park area of Leeds were James attended the local School, after leaving School he followed his father into the leather trade obtaining work as a Tanners laborer, after the death of his father in 1902 he left the Tannery to train and as a Tram conductor with Leeds City Transport, he was now living at 11 Carter Road, New Wortley, where he met is future wife Edith Jane Hardcastle the daughter of his landlord, they were married on 17th of October 1905 at Bramley Registry Office. The newly weds took up residence at 24,Bright Street, New Wortley, where they had three happy years together, sadly on the 12th of January 1908 Edith died of Tuberculosis. James continued working for Leeds city Transport as a tram driver where several years later he met Eva Rowley, they married at St Stephens Church, Kirkstall on 12th January 1913. At the outbreak of the war James, Eva and their newborn son Charles, were living at 22, Station Parade, Kirkstall, this was the address James gave when he volunteered for the Pals during their second recruitment campaign in June 1915; he served with them in Colsterdale, Egypt and France. In the latter part of the War his health had deteriorated to such an extent that he was transferred to the Army Ordinance Corps as a Train driver and served out the rest of the war with them. He was discharged with a small pension from the army as medically unfit and incapable of work in early 1919. Eva was now the breadwinner and provider for the family. James and Eva continued living at station parade where their second child Joan was born on the 8th of November 1919, their third and last child Jack was born in 1923 Tragically Joan was later killed in an accident when she was run down by a horse and cart, whilst playing outside the family home. James Earnshaw died on the 18th of January 1938 aged 56; the cause of death was “diffuse suppression of the left lung following Pneumonia consequent upon war service”

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