NEWTOWN REMEMBERS Commemorating 100 years since the First World War
Y DRENEWYDD YN COFIO Coffáu 100 mlynedd ar ôl y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf

James Lawton (Lucha) Woolley

Birth: March 1896
Death: 20/5/1917
Regiment: Pte 3437 Welsh Guards 290088- 2nd Battalion RWF
Battles: Balkans & Western Front
Killed: 20/5/1917 at Ypres


James was a son of Frederick, a house painter and plumber, & Eliza (Jones), and lived in 18 Bryn Street. He was a wool sorter for Morgan & Morgan, had 6 sisters, (Mary E, Leah, Minnie, Olive, Janet and Joyce) and 7 brothers ( Frederick, John sidney, Emlyn, Stuart, George, Harry Montgomery and Arthur Neville). Four of his brothers were also in the services. James enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at the outbreak of war. He served with them at Gallipoli in 1915 where he was wounded and also suffered from frostbite. His borhter Lance-Corporal Stuart Wooley states in a letter from the Front that his brother Lucha (as James was known) was in hospital having cut his head while dropping to take cover from shells. He later went to the Front in France and was killed in action at Ypres on 20th May 1917. Reports of Private James Lawton Woolley appeared in the County Times of 2/6/17 and the Montgomeryshire Express of 5/6/17, 12/6/17 and 4/2/19. He is commemorated at the Croiselles British Cemetery, Belgium and on the memorials in St. David's and Llanllwchairn . 

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