Born in 1888, at Bollington, son of Ann Daniels, of Long Row, Bollington. John William Bunting, married Ann Daniels in the last quarter of 1890, and they lived for a period with Ann’s parents, Joshua and Elisa Daniels, at Lon Row, Bollington. By 1901 they had moved to 6, Samuel Street, Stockport. There were a further three children in the family, Mary, Arthur and Louisa Ann.
James married Louisa Currall, 26 October 1907, at St Barnabus Church, Openshaw, Manchester. They set up home at 13, Stanhope Street, Openshaw, Manchester, and James was employed as a ‘lamp trimmer’.
He attested at Manchester, 28/08/1914, aged 26 years and 8 months. His medical records show he was five feet seven inches tall weighed 140lbs and had a thirty six inch chest measurement, his complexion was described as sallow, he had blue eyes and light brown hair, his religion was Church of England. He further declared that he served with 4th V.B. Manchester Regiment.
After joining the Regiment at Carlisle, he was drafted, 01/07/1915, to the Balkans with the 6th Battalion. His service period here was fairly short, being admitted to 14 Casualty Clearing Station, 08/08/1915, with diarrhoea. James was then evacuated back to England aboard H.M.H.S. “Carisbrooke Castle”, 17/09/1915.
Having fully recovered, his next posting was with the British Expeditionary Force, with the 1st Battalion, embarking from Folkestone, 28/02/1917, arriving at Boulogne, then onto Etaples.
The 1st Battalion was in the 29th Division, 87th Infantry Brigade, the Battalion war diary for April 1917 describes the action for the 23rd; the task of getting the Battalion through MONCHY-LE-PREUX village and into position was a difficult and dangerous one, as the whole village was being pretty heavily shelled the whole time.
James was killed in action, Monday, 23rd April 1917.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank H.A.G Carlisle for this information on John.