Born: 8th August 1883, St. Luke’s, Brighton, Sussex.

Died: 6th October 1920; age 37; died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis at Ipswich Borough Fever Hospital, Ipswich. Served 15 years & 328 days.

Informant Eleanor Caine – widow, of  No. 17 Hut, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Residence: No. 17 Hut, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Musician.


Royal Navy: 15th April 1902 – 3rd August 1902 – Campdown, Portsmouth – a Bandsman. Left for engagement with Army services.


Enlistment Details: Date: 24th September 1902; Location: Sandown; Occupation: Musician; Religion: Roman Catholic. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 ins, pale complexion, hazel eyes & reddish brown hair.


Home – 24th September 1902 – 23rd November 1905

India – 24th November 1905 – 15th October 1914

Home – 16th October 1914 – 19th March 1915

Gallipoli – 20th March 1915 – 6th January 1916

Egypt – 7th January 1916 – 7th April 1916

France – 8th April 1916 – 23rd June 1918

Home – 24th June 1918 – 17th August 1918.

Date of Entry Therein: 2nd April 1915 – Balkans.


Discharged: 17th August 1918, aged 33 years & 328 days. Character – Very Good.


Rank: Battery Sergeant Major; Service Number: 12064

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 17th Heavy Battery – 121st Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & the 1915 Star + Silver War Badge.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1911   India


James was 26 years old, he was married and a Soldier, ranked Bombardier for the Royal Garrison Artillery.


On the 1911 census, James’s wife & daughter are in India.

Eleanor, 26.

Annie, 5 & 3 months.


On the 11th March 1905, at St. John’s Chapel, St. John the Evangalist Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth, Hampshire, 21 year old, James, Gunner for the R.G.A., of Clarence Barracks, Portsmouth married 21 year old, Eleanor Georgina Brewer, of 67, St. George’s Square, Portsea, born December 1885, Portsea Island, Hampshire – daughter of Thomas James Brewer, Seaman – Ryde Boats.

They had 3 daughters:

Annie Helena Georgina Caine, born 6th December 1905, Portsmouth.

Eleanor Caine, born 21st March 1913, Multon, Hampshire.

Frances Caine, born 29th January 1918, Multon.


The Royal Garrison Artillery The RGA developed from fortress-based artillery fix positions manly coastal fortresses and batteries. 1914 the army only had a small number of heavy artillery. The RGA grew as the warfare became static. Armed with heavy, large calibre guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power.


Royal Garrison Artillery, 17th Heavy Battery:



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