Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 245
machine gun's crew becoming a casualty, Jim as one of the most skilful and reliable was taken from his own team to replace him in anticipation of a heavy enemy raid. He had hardly taken his place in the new team when a shell landed among them. His N.C.O. was killed by the shell which seems to have missed Jim who was killed by concussion, not a mark being discernible on his body."
His death seems to have had an avenging effect on the boys who with grim determination
and defended and then counter-attacked so successfully that the enemy were repulsed with heavy loss.
Next day Jim's body and his mates were brought down to a little cemetery in rear of our line where he now takes his last