Other names: James Gatehouse
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyGreeceKarasouli Military Cemetery, Polykastro, GreeceEnmore Green, DorsetRickmansworth, HertfordshireNew Road, Croxley Green, HertfordshirePearse Ravine CemeteryMotcombe, Dorset
Story: James Gatehouse Brickell was born in 1882 in Shaftesbury. His name was registered as 'James' but he was baptised at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, on 31st December, 1882, with the additional christian name of Gatehouse. He was the son of Elijah Brickell, a Plasterer, and Anne Elizabeth Brickell (nee Gatehouse). By 1901 James had moved to Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire to live with his sister. On the 24th July, 1904, he married Bessie Harriett Bailey in Rickmansworth. By the time of the 1911 Census they had a daughter, were living in Rickmansworth and he was working as a Plasterer. His parents were living in Kings Lane, Motcombe. Later in that year Bessie died and in 1915 he married Annie Margaret Sears. He enlisted in Bedford on 1st December, 1915, but was not mobilized until 5th June, 1916, as a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment (Service No. 25611). On the 29th October, 1916, he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment (Service No. 26503). At the time of his death he was serving in Greece with the 9th (S) Battalion, 'C' Company of the Regiment. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 20th May, 1917, and was buried initially at a small cemetery called Pearse Ravine Cemetery near the Serbian border but in 1919 the 74 bodies from that site were transferred to Karasouli Military Cemetery, Polykastro, Greece (grave id. E.1182) along with bodies from other battlefield sites. At the time of his death his wife, Annie, was living at 239 New Road, Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, and was granted a widow's pension the equivalent to 93p. for herself and daughter. He is remembered on the Motcombe War Memorial, Dorset.