Catley, James Thatcher

Major James Thatcher Catley. A Battery, Honourable Artillery Company, attached Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 12th September 1915, aged 30.  Buried Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium.

  • Educated at Highgate School – Sergeant in the OTC and Captain of the Shooting Eights
  • Represented his school for two years at the Public Schools Boxing Competitions at Aldershot
  • Entered into a firm of a timber importing company of which his father was a director
  • Admitted in to A Battery, HAC in 1906
  • Promoted to Sergeant in 1909
  • Elected as a member of the Court of Assistants in 1913
  • Commissioned in October 1914
  • Went overseas (Egypt) on 9th April 1915
  • Promoted to Captain whilst in Egypt
  • Recalled from Egypt to train a battery for the front
  • Went to France in February 1917
  • Killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 12th September 1917
  • Aged 30
  • Buried Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Plot III. Row B. Grave 19.
  • Son of James Henry and Annie W Catley of Aisholt, Bridgwater, Somerset.
  • Native of London.

Sources: Journal of the Honourable Artillery Company, Vol. 1, No. 4, January 1924, The Honourable Artillery Company in the Great War, Major G. Goold Walker, London 1930, the database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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