Roll of Honour of the 710 men of Hyde who fell in WW1
Private 7907 James FITZSIMMONS of 1st Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment),
Died of Illness Tuesday 6th April 1915, Le Havre, France, age 30
|Of:||Port Street, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Born:||1885, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Parents:||Elizabeth Fitzsimmons of Port Street, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Occupation:||Labourer Calioco Printer|
|He enlisted in:||Hyde, Cheshire|
|Remembered on:||Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Selne-Maritime, France, Div. 19. B. 3.|
|Link with Hyde:||Born in Hyde|
No.2 General Hospital,
7th April 1917,
Dear Mrs Fitzsimmons,
I am very sorry to tell you that your son passed away last night, at 9:15. His end was quite peaceful. He had everything done for him that was possible, but a complication of pneumonia set in, and that, in addition to enteric fever, was more than anyone could possibly recover from. He was so brave and patient, and yesterday morning he was asking me if I had heard from you, and how you were, so I told him not to worry, that I had heard from you, and that you were glad he was well cared for, and hoping to see him. I am so sorry; he was such a nice man, and was always so grateful for what I did for him. I had intended writing before, but was always hoping he might be better, and that I would have good news to send. He seemed quite comforted yesterday afternoon. We miss him to-day. I hope you may be comforted in your hour of need.
I am yours truly,
G. L. Wood,
When a representative of the Herald called on Mrs Fitzsimmons at her home in Port Street, Hyde, on Monday afternoon he found the old lady much upset. She was wondering whether the letter could be a hoax; but unfortunately, it seemed to be only too genuine. The old lady has had a hard life in a domestic sense. She lost her husband when James was only three years of age, and he was her only support and her only child, and a good son he was, too. With the exception of James, who was thirty years of age, she has lived alone for about twenty seven years. Her husband was a soldier, in the Scotch Fusiliers, and was fifteen years in India.
James was a private in the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He enlisted nearly twelve years ago, when only about eighteen, and for some time was a regular, spending a period at Malta; and under normal circumstances he would have completed his full term of twelve years' service next August. When a boy he began work at the Newton Bank Printworks, and he was employed there some years. He was called up as a reservist shortly after the early severe fighting. He took part in the Soissons battle, and there was wounded, but apparently he had recovered from the wound, and since then had been on military police duty in the north of France. Private James Fitzsimmons was one of the best known footballers in Hyde District. He had played for Hyde, Hooley Hill (When in the Manchester League), Buxton, Bury, Hurst and Northwich Victoria, and wherever he played he was one of the most popular young men that donned a jersey. By all footballers and spectators [He is remembered].
North Cheshire Herald April 17th 1915, Page 8, Column 2 and 6.
Manchester Evening News, Tuesday 13th April 1915, Page 7, Column 2.