Died 27th January 1916
James worked on the trams in London.
From the London County Council Record of Service book:
On 27th January Corporal James Skeggs (9th R. Fus., Tram.) died at Netley Hospital of wounds received on 4th November, 1915.
The following pages are from "Triumphant Over Pain" written by Elizabeth Braithwaite Buckle who worked at Netley hospital in WWI for a short while. She wrote down her memories of some of the soldiers a few years after she had left and published them into a little book. Here is Cpl. James Skeggs..
Royal Garrison Artillery
Died 11th August 1919 Age 31
Only Goodnight Beloved
Henry Charles Smith (Charles Henry on the memorial) – was born in Hook but was a Worting resident. He was a Lance bombardier in the Royal Garrison artillery, 188th Heavy battery (87668).
He enlisted in Winchester on the 11th November 1915 aged 31 and died on the 11th of August 1919 and
is buried at the Netley Military Cemetery, attached to the large military hospital there.
His wife was Eleanor Martha Smith who lived at Lucania Cottages, Worting, although by the time he died she had moved to Portsmouth. His unit served in the middle east and it is not clear how he came to die.
However Netley military hospital was on the Solent and designed to take wounded from overseas directly from hospital ships and it seems likely that whether wounded or ill he came back to England to the Solent side hospital where he died. He is one of 636 First World War soldiers buried at Netley.