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James died on the first day of the battle of Loos and it's possible he was killed by his own side on the 25th September 1915

The Allies planned a “big push” to break the stalemate of the Western Front, attacking along a 19-mile front and using poison gas for the first time.

It badly misfired, however, and 8,500 British Expeditionary Force troops died on the first day — then the highest toll. By the end of the fortnight, 20,000 were dead.


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