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James Henry Chadwick

James Henry Chadwick

Date of Birth

27 September 1880


Borough Road College


Teacher at Higher Board School, Halifax

Service number


WW1 rank

19th (Public School) Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Lieutenant Colonel, 24th Battalion Manchester Regiment (Oldham Pals)

Theatre of war

Western Front, Europe

Date of death

4 May 1917

Location of death

Battle of Bullecourt, Arras


Mory-Abbey Military Cemetery, France (Grave/Memorial reference: I. C. 10.), Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge – Chapel North Wall


Distinguished Service Order


Lieutenant Colonel James Henry Chadwick was the son of Hiram and Alice Chadwick. He attended bible class before joining Borough Road College. He was at Borough Road College from 1899-1900 where he was successful in arts and sciences, graduating with Intermediate Arts. Upon leaving Borough Road College Chadwick taught at Higher Board School, Halifax and then won a scholarship to Cambridge. He graduated from Cambridge in 1910 with a double first. Chadwick then went on to lecture at Bristol Training College before becoming an HM Inspector of Schools. He signed up 5 weeks after the outbreak of the First World War on 1 September 1914 and initially joined the 19th (Public School) Battalion Royal Fusiliers before being commissioned into the 24th Battalion Manchester Regiment (Oldham Pals) and rose to command his battalion. He was 31 when he was hit by German shellfire whilst reconnoitring Bullecourt trench on 4 May 1917 during the Battle of Bullecourt. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Order.


Entry on p. 83, Mentioned on Framed Borough Road College Roll of Honour, Borough Road College 1898 applications, 1902 Annual Report, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission), Cambridge University Trinity College Chapel Memorial, The O.B.’s War Hum and Roll of Service (1918, 4th Edition)