Brindley J Captain DSO East Yorkshire Regiment
James Brindley was born at Salford, Lancashire on 21 December 1879, and attested for service with the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1889. Posted to the 2nd Battalion, he proceeded with them to South Africa where he was attached to the 14th Battalion Mounted Infantry, being promoted Sergeant and Mentioned in Despatches for his conspicuous gallantry at Kafir Spruit on 19 December 1901 (London Gazette 25 April 1902). Transferring to the 1st Battalion, he was advanced Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant in May 1914 and served with the Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 8 September 1914. Commissioned Second Lieutenant ‘for gallantry in the field’, with effect from 1 October 1914, he was one of the first junior officers of his Battalion to be awarded the Military Cross, almost certainly a retrospective award for his gallant conduct during October and November 1914, whilst serving with ‘C’ Company; his name being also brought to notice in Sir John French’s Despatch of 31 May 1915 (London Gazette 22 June 1915). Promoted Lieutenant in February 1915, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his conspicuous gallantry at Morval on the 25th September 1916, when, as temporary Captain, he led a small party of men in support of one of the earliest tank offensives of the war, personally accounting for 12 of the enemy before successfully reaching the third objective and capturing 61 prisoners, and was again Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 4 January 1917).