1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 26885 James Alfred Cannon Shimmin
- Age: 19
- From: Douglas IOM
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- K.I.A Sunday 22nd October 1916
- Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
James Alfred Cannon Shimmin was born on 04th January 1897 in Douglas, Isle of Man and was the son of Margaret Shimmin.
The 1911 Census shows the family living at 15 Walton Hall Avenue Walton Liverpool. His mother, Margaret is a widow aged 45, born 1866 and has no occupation listed and was a resident of the Isle of Man. Her widowed mother Ann Dawson is aged 88, born 1823 in Ireland. She has three children living with her, Thomas aged 18, born 1893 and is a Shipping Manifest Clerk, Louis aged 16, born 1895 is a African Merchant’s Clerk and James aged 15, born 1896 is a Grocers Assistant. The three children were all residents of the Isle of Man. There was a domestic servant named Hannah Graham aged 15, born 1896 living at the address.
He enlisted in Seaforth, Liverpool and was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 26885 when he was killed in action on the 22nd October 1916 aged 19. A letter sent to his mother advised that James was buried but this grave was either lost or was subsequently destroyed as he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
James is commemorated on the following Memorials:
St Thomas C. of E. Church, Douglas,
Douglas Roll of Honour
Manx National War Memorial.
Killed On This Day.(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
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