Biography of Private James Starsmore (22889)
7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 8th Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 4th November 1918


  • Name: James Starsmore
  • Date of birth: 1886
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1886
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: James Starsmore
  • DOB: 1849
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Labourer on farm


  • Name: Sarah Jane Frisby
  • DOB: 6th May 1855
  • Place Of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1st July 1878 Baston, Lincolnshire , England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Walter Starsmore, 1879, Baston
  • Albert Starsmore, 1880, Baston (Died 1908)
  • Betsy Elizabeth Starsmore, 1882, Baston
  • Ruth Starsmore, 1884, Baston (Died 1884)
  • Edmund Starsmore, 1885, Baston
  • James Starsmore, 1886, Baston
  • William Starsmore, 1888, Baston
  • Thomas Bean Starsmore, 1889, Baston
  • Robert Starsmore, 1891, Baston
  • Herbert Starsmore, 1893, Baston
  • Edward Starsmore, 1895, Baston


  • 1891: James is living with his parents on Deeping Road, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: James is living with his parents at Tavern Millstone, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: James is living with the Cole Family at Cowbit Farm, Fen End, Spalding. The census gives him an age of 23 and he is listed as a horsekeeper on farm.

Relatives in services

  • James’ brother Thomas also fought and were killed in WW1. He can be found on our page dedicated to the Baston War Memorial.
  • James’ brother William also fought but disabled out being unfit for service and died in Lincoln in 1920.

  • No marriage for James has been found and we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.
Newspaper Mentions

  • None found

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private James Starsmore, 22889, 7th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 4th November 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Mother Sarah J


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Baston, Roll of Honour in St John the Baptist Church


© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted 28th February 1916 in Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • Embarked at Folkestone 24th July 1916
  • Posted to 8th Lincolnshires 25th July 1916 at Etaples
  • Joined the 7th Lincolnshire 21st August 1916
  • January 1917 he had trench feet.
  • Trained at Calais 27th February 1917
  • Joined battalion 20th March 1917


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


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