Other names: James
Locations in this story: Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, DorsetHomeSt. Margaret's Church, Margaret MarshBushy Gate, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, DorsetBalkans
Story: James Padfield was born in Margaret Marsh, Dorset in 1893. He was the son of Charles Padfield, a farm labourer, and Sarah Maria Padfield (nee 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. His father died on 11th January, 1913. He enlisted as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 22361). He later served in the 10th and 7th Battalions and had been discharged to Reserves on 14th March, 1919. For his service in the Balkans he was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died at home on 6th April 1919 from unknown causes 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.