WW1 Personal Stories

James H Sandall

11 July 1882 - 23 July 1917

Location of death: Lijssenthoek Clearing Station, West Flanders

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant/Captain - Royal Garrison Artillery

Position at Lloyd's Register: Clerical Staff, London office

James Hosking Sandall was born on the 11 July 1882 and joined Lloyd's Register on the 1 January 1900. On the 1911 Census he was recorded as still living at home in Camberwell with his father Frederick Sandall, who was a widower, and his older sister. In 1914 he was elected Captain of the Lloyd's Register Tennis Club.

Sandall joined the Royal Navy Air Service in the Spring of 1915. He became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery in July 1916 and became Captain of the 229th Royal Garrison Artillery in December 1916. He was deployed in France on the 15 December 1916, as shown on his Medal Rolls Index Card.

As a member of the Royal Garrison Artillery, it is likely that Sandall was based in the Ypres salient in the summer of 1917 and involved in regular shelling of the German lines. On the 22 July 1917, Sandall was wounded and was likely taken to the Lijssenthoek Cemetry in West Flanders. His commanding officer reports, in the De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, that "the men who brought him in when he was wounded were full of admiration for his fine courage, as he never made a moan the whole time, and even thanked them each separately for their trouble." He died from these wounds the following day on the 23 July 1917.

He is buried at Lijssenthoek Cemetry in West Flanders. Lijssenthoek was the location for several casualty clearing stations during the First World War. The village was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations.

Sandall's grave can be found at the Lijssenthoek Cemetery, Belgium. For further burial details, including Sandall's grave registration report, visit his portal on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

More information about Sandall can be found on the Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War website or at The National Archives.

If James H Sandall is one of your relatives or you know more about his life, get in touch at hec.info@lrfoundation.org.uk!