James was believed to be born in St Helens, Lancashire 1899 James was the youngest son of Martin, a coal hewer and his wife Ellen.
In 1901 James eldest brother Thomas, a coal drawer and was living at home with the family, as were his three older sisters Mary, Ellen and Margaret. His eldest sister was no longer at home.
By 1911 only James was at home with his mother and father. James' father Martin died in 1917, aged 63.
Having previously served with the South Wales Borderers he later transferred to the Labour Corps and was based in Brecon at the time of his death from pneumonia.
James was buried with full military honours in Brecon Cemetery. The Band of the Borderers played funeral marches, the customary three volleys were fired over the grave and the bugler sounded the last post. The mourners were his mother and three sisters. Rev Father Finucane from Brecon Catholic Church officiated.
Of Henry Simpson Howcroft also featured in this book³³.
Bertie's sister Lilian is still living at home in 1911 but married in 1913 to Samuel Nesbitt, also in this book.
Bertie served with the South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales' Volunteers). He died at home in 1920 and was according to the Cathedral Parish Magazine ‘the victim of illness contracted on active service’, believed to be phthisis, a disease of the respiratory system.
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Private James Flaherty
South Wales Borderers 56rd Training Reserve Btn., Labour