It would appear that in 1901 seven-year-old James was living in Shipley with his uncle and 1911 at 47 Browgate, Baildon with his sister, Elizabeth Denbigh, and her family. It is not clear when he moved to Lane End, the address given in the report of his death, published on 24 November 1916.Two letters have been received by the way of the Baildon Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund with respect to the death of Pte James Oddy of 21 Lane End, Baildon, who was killed in action on October 19th.
Cpl Lambert wrote: “I regret to have to acknowledge the parcel from you addressed to Pte J Oddy of my section who was killed in action on 19th. “The contents of the parcel have been distributed amongst the remainder of the section who were all close friends of his.“We deeply regret losing a good lad and a sound friend. No one was better liked than he and his loss is deplored by us all.
“Our only consolation is that he died as a brave man does die, doing his duty.“On behalf of my section, I thank you for the contents of the parcels and only regret that it has not been able to get into the hands of our pal.”Platoon Sgt Albert Gray wrote: “The parcel sent by the residents of Baildon to Pte Oddy arrived today but as he was unfortunately killed during the performance of his duty, it was handed over to comrades in the section to which he belonged.
“It has been their usual custom to share with each other those gifts from our motherland.“Pte Oddy was greatly esteemed by comrades and as his platoon sergeant I can testify to his ever cheerful attention to duty and the true British spirit under many trying conditions“You can assure the senders that his comrades estimated the parcel in affectionate remembrance and each one desires to express his thanks for the kindly consideration of our people in the Homeland. “Trusting you will convey the message to the interested quarter.”