Bainbridge, James Scott

James Scott Bainbridge was a Captain in the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 22 March 1918. He was 30 years old.

He is named on the Pozieres Memorial.

Son of Mary J Bainbridge of Kirkby Ravensworth, he was educated at North East County School at Barnard Castle, then worked in the chemical laboratories of Rowntrees before gaining a B.Sc in chemistry at Leeds University, then returning to work at Rowntrees. On the outbreak of the war he enlisted with the Yorkshire Regiment, and went to France as a Co.Sgt Major, being granted a commission in December 1916.

The 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (The Green Howards) was part of the 50th Division and the Official History of the war says “During the first days of the German Spring Offensive the 50th were in reserve behind the 66th and 24th Divisions. These two divisions retreated, and at 5.30 pm on the 22nd the 50th division were under attack. The enemy captured a few trenches from the 4th Green Howards in front of the ruins of Nobescourt farm. During the night of the 22nd the 50th division also were forced to retire.

Nobescourt is a small village some 5 miles East of Peronne.

His brother Robert was killed in France 26 September 1916 while serving with The Northumberland Fusiliers.