James Byard (1883–1968)

Private

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 23208 9th & 12th Battalions

Notes
James was born in about 1883 at Bolehill in Wirksworth, son of William Henry and Mary Ann Byard. He married Ellen Jones in 1905, was posted to the Balkans on 31st December 1915 and was demobbed 23rd July 1919.

BYARD James -  9th battalion and then 12th Pioneer battalion. Would have been on Gallipoli with the battalion.  Balkans should read MEF (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) on Medal Index Card.  Enlisted Feb 1915 and L/Cpl. Possibly taken ill and sent to UK, then out to 12th Pioneer Battalion. Many men ended up getting all sorts of diseases on Gallipoli. [Steve Morse]

Medal Index Card
James was awarded the Victory, British War and 15-Star Medals
12th &
He entered the Balkans War 31 December 1915
Demobbed to Z Reserve 23 July 1919

Note: In the Medal Rolls Index there was a 'Gunner' James Byard in Royal Field Artillery (67904) who served in France from 30 July 1915.

1939 Register: Breamfield Lane, Wirksworth
James Byard b.15 June 1882; stone mason
Ellen Byard b.3 December 1880

CENSUS INFORMATION

1891: The Moor, Wirksworth

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Francis Byard Head 55 Stonemason Ashleyhay
Rachel Byard wife 51   Wirksworth
Andrew Byard son 19 Labourer Bole Hill
Herbert Byard son 12 Scholar Bole Hill
James Byard grandson 8   Bole Hill

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1901: The Moor, Wirksworth

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Francis Byard Head 66 Stonemason Ashleyhay
Rachel Byard wife 62   Wirksworth
Joseph H Byard son 22 Clay modeller & mouder Wirksworth
James Byard son 18 Clay moulder Wirksworth

RG13 piece 3234 folio 91 page 15

1911: Parkhead, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Byard head 27 Stonemason Bole Hill Wirksworth
Ellen Byard wife 29   Spalding
George William Byard son 4   Bole Hill Wirksworth
Marther Mary Byard daughter 1   Bole Hill Wirksworth

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James Byard married Ellen Jones in Q2 of 1905.

James Byard's uncle John William Byard is also on the Roll of Honour