Charles Kenneth James (Lieutenant Colonel)

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A soldier of the Border Regiment
Name Charles Kenneth James, DSO and Bar
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Battalion 6th Border Regiment
Former unit
Where born
Ctry of service United Kingdom
Burial / Commemoration
File:Lt Col James Grave.jpg
Where died F & F
How died k.i.a.
Age 26
Date of death 19th May 1918
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave ref. XVI. D. 7.
Resting place Bienvillers Military Cemetery

Lt-Col. Charles James was killed on 19 May 1918 (aged 26).

Charles was educated at the School of Messrs Innes-Hopkins, and Mr.Broadrick’s School, Harrow. He later went to Cheltenham College in 1905, prior to going up to Caius College, Cambridge in 1910. Having originally intended to join the Indian Civil Service, Charles had been accepted for service in the Royal Navy but was later rejected due to defected eyesight. During two long vacations Charles went to Russia, where he coached Alexi, the only son of Baron Stahl von Holstein, Agent and Steward to the Grand Duke Peter of Russia. In addition to being a fluent speaker of Russian, Charles also learned other languages. Prior to the Great War, Charles was employed by the Asiatic Petroleum Company at Shanghai, and at the commencement of hostilities he headed back to England via Siberia, and was arrested twice in Sweden but managed to escape after two days imprisonment with the help of an English Petty Officer. Charles was gazetted as a Second Lieutenant in the 6th (Service) Battalion, Border Regiment in October 1914.

He was killed by machine-gun fire whilst visiting his men.

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