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The news this week 100 years ago: 19th - 25th January 1918

Friday 19 January 2018

This week we remember James Partridge, killed in action on 20th January 1918.

Private James Adams Penell De Woodston Partridge, 687168, 54th Bn. Canadian Infantry.

The following report appeared in the Worcester Daily Times, Friday 1st February 1918:

Many friends will learn with regret of the death of Pte James Adams Partridge, killed in action on January 20th at the age of 23.  He was the only son of the late Mr J.A. Partridge of Woodston and Mrs Partridge of Lindridge House, Tenbury.  He was educated at Shrewsbury School (1909 – 1913), was a keen classical scholar, head of his house (Haydon’s), and played for the 1st School Football XI.  He left school when 19, going out to British Columbia in the following April, 1914.  On the outbreak of war he shared with many Englishmen the disappointment of not being able to join the C.E.F. in August 1914.  In 1915 he joined the 172nd B.C. Regiment.  He came home in the Autumn of 1916, was sent out immediately to France, and drafted into the 54th Battalion.  He was a guide and runner to his company.  He was in France for 13 months and had just been home on leave this Christmas, returning to France on December 27th.  The following letter was received from his Company Officer last Saturday:

Dear Madam, we suffered a great loss in our Company this evening, when your son, Private J.A. Partridge was killed.  I have known him in this Company since last May, and the longer I knew him the more I considered him one of the best and bravest soldiers.  He always performed his duty with the greatest cheerfulness and his bright and cheery manner was always a pleasure and help to his comrades in times of stress.  We can ill afford to lose such men as he.  He was unfortunate, too, in the way he met his death.  He was going along with a party to bring up the rations, when a shell dropped in their midst. Others were killed and injured by the same shell.  He was killed instantly.  His body will be taken out tonight for burial in a military cemetery well behind the line.  Your son was very well known to all the officers of his Company.  They all feel his death very keenly, and wish to convey to you their deep and heartfelt sympathy.  Yours very sincerely, T.S. McLanders, Lieut Commanding B. Co, 54th Battalion, Canadians.

Pte J.A. Partridge was, like his father, a keen sportsman, full of the joys of life, and was at school and everywhere always loved and appreciated.

He is buried at Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-Au-Bois, France. Grave XI. B. 17.

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