2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince Of Wales) (British Army)
16/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
James Tanney was born in Pomeroy and went as a young man to England in search of work. He enlisted in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He arrived in France in 1916 and survived many engagements. By the time of Passchendaele, August 1917, the weather had changed to almost continuous rain. Every hollow on the battlefield was full to overflowing with stagnant water. Wounded soldiers were often lost in these conditions. James was killed in action at Passchendaele and has no known grave.
The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is located 9 kilometres north east of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The names of those from United Kingdom units are inscribed on Panels arranged by Regiment under their respective Ranks. The names of those from New Zealand units are inscribed on panels within the New Zealand Memorial Apse located at the centre of the Memorial.