Regiment : Deputy Assistant Director of Veterinary Services Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Service number : J0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 4th December 1918
Buried : City of Paris Cemetery, Pantin, France, Grave 6. 21. 15.
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge King Edward VI Grammar School WW1 Memorial.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Schools records courtesy of King Edward VI school archives, researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
James Blakeway attended Stourbridge Grammar School from 1892 to 1900 and became a well known vet in the Stourbridge district. He served in the Worcestershire Yeomanry as a volunteer and was later commissioned in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He was seriously wounded in the last phase of the war and taken to a military Hospital in Paris where he died of wounds after victory had been achieved on the 4th December. He is also commemorated on the St. Thomas’s church memorial. His younger brother, Ralph, of the Worcestershire Yeomanry returned successfully from a Turkish Prisoner of War camp in January 1919, but another brother, Harry, a surgeon of St. Bart’s Hospital, died in February.
James Blakeway entered King Edward VI Grammar School on 12th September 1892 when he was 9 years old. At the time of his admission to the school his father is recorded as James Blakeway, a Veterinary Surgeon, and the family resided at 88 High Street. James had previously been educated at Miss Scofield’s School. He left King Edward VI Grammar School on 31st July 1900.
From school war record booklet:
Major, R.A.V.C., died on Service in France.