James Lesley FRASER
Rank: Lieutenant
Service Number:N/A.
Regiment: 3rd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
Died Monday 31st March 1919
Age 22
County Memorial BirkenheadTrinity with Palm Grove
Commemorated\Buried Woodchurch (holy Cross) Churchyard, Birkenhead
CountryUnited Kingdom

James Lesley's Story.

James Fraser was born in Wallasey in 1896, son of Duncan and Sophia Fraser. His father was an Actuary in an Insurance Company.

In 1901 he was living with his parents and his brother and sister at 3, Buckingham Road, Wallasey.

Ten years later the family had moved to 25, Balls Road, Oxton. By the time of his death the family had moved again and were living at The Grove, Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead. He was educated at Birkenhead School and left in 1914. He was a member of the football XV. His last year at school saw him as Head Boy.

He left school to train in the army and obtained his commission in the Seaforth Highlanders. James embarked for the front in January 1916 and first saw fighting in Mesopotamia where he was wounded twice. Later he was invalided home for treatment for a wound on the knee. While in hospital he developed tuberculosis from which he eventually died.

Lieutenant Fraser was given a military funeral and is buried in the churchyard at Holy Cross, Woodchurch. He is remembered on the Birkenhead War Memorial and the war memorial at Trinity with Palm Grove United Reformed and Methodist Church.

Information by Chris