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Born: 1897, Morley
Died: 17 July 1917
Buried: Grevillers Cemetery
Address: 31 Thackley Road, Thackley
Parents: Joseph & Agnes
Siblings: Thomas, Frances, Margaret, Rhoda & George Moseley (step)
Occupation: Frame doffer (1911)
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Elijah James Baber
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Elijah James, known as Jim, Baber was born in Morley the fifth child of the Joseph and Agnes, Baber. When Joseph died shortly after Jim’s birth, Agnes remarried George Moseley and by 1911 the family were living in Thackley with Jim working as frame doffer. On 13 July 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported: Mrs Moseley of 31 Thackley Road, Thackley, has received word that her son, Pte James Baber, has died at the No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, France.
Writing word of his death, Sister B R Cullwid said: “He seemed fairly bright yesterday afternoon and told me when he woke that he had been dreaming about you. “He seemed very anxious all the time that you should not worry and seemed quite contented himself. But he had a relapse in the night and passed away at 1 a.m.”
Writing on July 4th Sister Cullwid had prepared Mrs Moseley for the worst: “He asked me to send his love and hopes you won’t worry. He says he will write himself when he feels a little better. He is not aware that his condition is so serious and he seems so bright.” On the day following, Sister Cullwid wrote that there was little hope of his recovery. Perhaps
the greatest tragedy connected with the death of Pte Baber is recorded in a letter received from his brother, who is a driver in the R.F.A. “I have performed the saddest mission of my life,” he says. “I arrived too late to see him…It is a cruel blow to me and to us all that I should be so near and yet so far away to be too late to see him as it is only a matter of about two miles away from me. “Picture my anguish and agony on having to return without having seen him. Alone with my sorrow I am a most miserable object.”
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