from the B1NS Newsletter, December 2008
You may have seen a TV programme recently shown as part of WW1 commemorations that examined some of the cases where soldiers had tragically lost their lives even after the signing of the Armistice. Given the propensity for Badhams seemingly to be involved in most circumstances, it is perhaps not surprising to hear of this sad tale in the following snippet, courtesy of Peter and Janine.
We frequently drive within a hundred yards of the war memorial pictured but had never stopped and walked over to it until a few months ago. This was prompted as a result of delivering a copy of Badham Delvings to John Badham from Coleford who works in Hereford and had noticed the
inscription on his lunchtime walks. It is on a little green oasis with a cricket ground and is largely surrounded by trading estates.
Harold James, remembered here, was born in Hereford the son of Charles and Jane née Protheroe of Westfields. Unfortunately he died of his wounds on 13 November 1918 two days after the Armistice was signed which ended the war. I do not know which theatre of the war he was wounded in but he was back in England when he died and is buried in Hereford Cemetery. Initially Harold was in the East Surrey Regiment but transferred to the King's Liverpool Regiment, 9th Battalion.
Harold's grandfather also a Charles was baptised in Lugwardine in 1815 the year of Waterloo and was the last of nine children baptised there, the children of William a builder and property owner, and Ann née Hollins. The family had been in Lugwardine for several generations before that.