James Rankine Preston

(1895 - 1917)

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James Rankine Preston
1895 - 1917
Born
c. 1895
Death
October 7, 1917
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James Rankine Preston was born c. 1895. He died on October 7, 1917 at age 22.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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James Rankine Preston
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Ypres (menin Gate) Memorial Panel 7. in Belgium
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Service number: 30514
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Australian Field Artillery
Unit/ship/squadron: 2nd Bde.
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James Rankine Preston passed away on October 7, 1917 at 22 years old. He was buried in Ypres (menin Gate) Memorial Panel 7., Belgium. He was born c. 1895. We are unaware of information about James's surviving family.

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In 1895, in the year that James Rankine Preston was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1900, at the age of only 5 years old, James was alive when when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1903, when he was merely 8 years old, the silent film, The Great Train Robbery opened. Although it was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey, it was a Western. Twelve minutes long, the film used a lot of innovative techniques - some scenes were hand colored and composite editing, on-location shooting, and frequent camera movement were used. Its budget was $150 (about $4000 currently) and was the most popular film until 1915 when Birth of a Nation was released.

In 1917, in the year of James Rankine Preston's passing, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

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c. 1914 - Jan 4, 1944 1914 - 1944
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c. 1915 - Jun 9, 1940 1915 - 1940
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