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Name: James Mussard

Date of Birth: 1891

Date of death: 24th August 1916

Residence: 50, Chaucer Rd., Walthamstow, Essex.

Squadron: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion: 9th

Site of Burial: Thiepval memorial


James Mussard was part of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, in the 9th battalion, as a lance corporal. In the recent months before death, James Mussard was stationed in Delville Wood, and was involved in the Battle of the Somme, before dying on the 24th of August, 1916.

His battalion suffered from several "heavy bombardments" in the days leading up to his death. There are several different possibilities as to where he died, as it is unclear as to what Company James was in. Before his death, an attack was planned out in Delville Wood, and he moved to Battalion HQ to plan operations for this at approximately 5am. James Mussard was most likely killed in action, between 3-5 pm, as at this time an attack was carried out on the German’s inner trench, where a steady artillery attack was carried out on several battalions. 

Prior to the war, James Mussard was born in Camberwell, Surrey in 1891, and was child to Mr and Mrs. James Mussard. He later lived in Walthamstow Essex, before entering World War One.




By Anna, Year 12