Private James Sayers

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

James Sayers Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
James Sayers Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

James Sayers was born on the 1st of February 1861 in Holmwood, Surrey to labourer Henry Sayers and Louisa Sayers nee Mann, and was baptised on the 14th of April 1861 at St Mary´s church in Holmwood. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Holmwood and Henry was working as a labourer.

James Sayers 1861 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1861 Census, the family lived at Toll Gate, Capel, Dorking. Henry was working as a toll keeper and Louisa was looking after their children: Mary, Jane, John, Caroline and James.

James Sayers 1871 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived at Shellwood Cottage, Leigh, Surrey. Louisa was working as a chairwoman. Of her children: Henry Sayers was working as an agricultural labourer, Jane was a general servant and Caroline, James and William were at school. The household further comprised of a boarder, agricultural labourer, Henry Dudley.

James Sayers 1881 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at 2 Kingston Road, Woodbridge Cottages, Leatherhead. Henry was working as a general labourer and Louisa was at home. Of their children: Jane was working as a cook, James as a baker, William a labourer and Percy Charles was at home.

James Sayers married Ellen Jenden, by Banns, on the 4th of August 1883 at St Mary and St Nicholas´church in Leatherhead, Surrey. At the time of their marriage the couple lived at Leatherhead and James was working as a baker.

Ellen Jenden was born about 1858 at Leatherhead, Surrey to dairy man Charles Jenden, born about 1811 at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, and Jane Jenden, born about 1813 in London. Ellen was baptised on the 7th of March 1858 at Leatherhead.

James and Ellen had a daughter, Ellen Sayers born in the 3rd quarter of 1884 at Anerley, Penge, London.

James Sayers 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the young family lived at 6 Harcourt Road, Penge, London. James was working as a bricklayers´ labourer and Ellen was looking after their daughter Ellen.

James Sayers 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, James Sayers and his family lived at 79 Maple Road, Penge, London. James was working as a builder´s carman and Ellen was looking after their daughter Ellen. The household further comprised of boarders; carpenter, Herbert H. Stiles and builders estimating clerk Archibald A. Stuart.

On the 29th of April 1910 Ellen Sayers departed on SS Virginian from Liverpool, England to Quebec, Canada.

James Sayers enlisted on the 22nd of January 1916 at Ottawa, Ontario into the 116th Infantry Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was a Private with regimental number 746118. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a baker and lived at Whiting Avenue, Cedar Dale, Ontario. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and light hair. He was a member of the Church of England.

At the time of his death he was part of the 116th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.

He died of erysipelas on his face and septicaemia on the 1st of December 1917 at No 14 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux.

Wimereux Communal Cemetery c. 1919 © www.www1cemeteries.com

He is buried at the Wimereux Communal Cemetery Extension near Boulogne in France. His grave reference number is: VIII.A.6A.

James´ wife Ellen died of flu and pneumonia at Oshawa Hospital in Ontario, Canada. She was 62 years old. She was burried on the 17th of February 1920 at Union Cemetery in Oshawa.

Sayers Family History

James´ father Henry Sayers was born about 1821 in Ockley, Surrey to labourer Edward Sayers and Ann Sayers. He was baptised on the 11th of February 1821 in the Parish of Ockley. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Ockley.

James´mother Louisa Mann was born about 1827 in Ockley, Surrey to labourer William Mann and Fanny Mann. Louisa Mann was baptised on the 20th of May 1827 at St John the Baptist´s church in Okewood. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Abinger and William was working as a labourer.

Henry Sayers and Louisa Mann married, by Banns, on the 18th of November 1849 at St John´s church in Capel. At the time of the marriage the couple lived at Capel and Henry was working as a labourer.

James Sayers had seven known siblings: Mary Sayers born in the 4th quarter of 1849 in Capel, Surrey; Henry Sayers born in the 1st quarter of 1852 in Capel, Surrey; Jane Sayers born in 3rd quarter of 1854 in Capel, Surrey; John Sayers born on the 3rd quarter of 1856 in Capel, Surrey; Caroline Sayers born in the 1st quarter of 1859 in Warnham, Surrey; William Sayers born in the 2nd quarter of 1863 in Capel, Surrey and Percy Charles Sayers born in the 3rd quarter of 1867 in Capel, Surrey.

At the time of the 1851 Census, the family lived at Rugs, Capel, Dorking, Surrey. Henry was working as an agricultural labourer and Louisa was looking after their daughter Mary.

At the time of the 1891 Census, James´ parents lived at Gardeners Cottages, Belmont Road, Leatherhead. Henry was working as a gardener and Louisa was at home. The household further comprised of their granddaughter Ann Sayers.

Born                            Holmwood

Son of                         Henry and Louisa Sayers (nee Mann)
Husband of                 Ella Jenden

Regiment                     116th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
Number                       746118

Date of Death              1st December 1917
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Died of septicaemia

Age                            56

Cemetery                   Wimereux Communal Cemetery Extension, Boulogne, France