Sgt 16179 KOYLI in 9th (Service) Battalion. Formed at Pontefract in September 1914. In France Sept to Oct 1915, lost a finger at battle of Loos 25/9/1915 and also had a hole in his back and facial injuries. His daughter said he was treated at one time in Trianon Palace, Versailles, Paris, which was used as a hospital. He was in Western General Hospital, Pendleton, Manchester and Ellastone Auxiliary Hospital (Lichfield). He then joined 11th (Reserve) Battalion, Rugeley, before returning to France April to July 1916. Received slight gunshot wounds to back and shoulder 1/7/1916. On return to England he joined 8th Training Reserve Battalion at Rugeley, (No 5/28830) which became 53rd (Young Soldier) Training Battalion. Promoted Sgt in 1918. Listed in ‘Absent Voters’ list Oct 1918 no 528830 KOYLI. There is a photo of him with Frederick Thompson, Enoch Hallam and possibly Fred Uttley, at a military training camp together. Enoch brought him out of action the second time he was wounded. He was demobbed to reserves on 13/2/1919.
b 25/11 1894. Before WW1 he was employed as a motor mechanic for P J Turner Ltd, Stoke Quarries, Grindleford, which was run by George Arnold Turner. See George Cowin.
He married Mary Martha Finney on 1/12/1917 at Matlock, but she died of influenza in the world epidemic in Dec 1918. In April 1920 he married Agnes Mary Thompson, on 29/4/1920 at Eyam. Agnes was Frederick Thompson’s brother who lived with their parents at Fox House, Hathersage up to about 1897. James’ father founded ‘Henry Hulley & Sons’, omnibus operators, Baslow.