James Padfield headstone

James Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Charles Padfield
Sarah Maria Padfield née Mussell
Albert Padfield
Levi Padfield
Locations in this story:
Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Margaret's Church, Margaret Marsh
Bushy Gate, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders

James Padfield was born in Margaret Marsh, Dorset in 1893. He was the son of Charles Padfield, a farm labourer, and Sarah Maria Padfield (née Mussell). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, was working as a farm labourer and living at Bushy Gate, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Their father died on 11th January, 1913.

James enlisted as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 22661) and arrived in France on 23rd March 1915. He later served in the 10th and 7th Battalions with a Service No.22361. He was discharged to the Reserves on 14th March, 1919 and awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died at home on 6th April 1919 and was buried in the main area in front of St. Margaret's Church, Margaret Marsh. He was accorded a War Grave headstone in remembrance of his service.

James' brothers Albert and Levi also served during the First World War.

  • St.Margaret's Church Margaret Marsh 2
  • St.Margaret's Church Margaret Marsh 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Albert Padfield
Levi Padfield