Janasz, James George Gee (1893-1915)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: James George Gee Janasz (1893-1915), born 4 January 1893, son of Jozef Adolf Janasz and Mary Spencer Janasz, of Zaremba, Percy Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth.
Attended Saugeen School, Bournemouth.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1907-July 1912; 6th form; Digby History prize 1911.
Attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Dorsetshire Regiment; gazetted to 3rd Bn.(Reserve) in November 1914, Attached to the 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, and sent to France in March 1915. Killed on 15 June 1915 near Festubert while leading his platoon in a charge, after taking the first line of German trenches.
Le Touret Memorial, Panel 22 and 23 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/855340/JANASZ,%20JAME...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
His Commanding Officer described the circumstances of Janasz's death: "It is with the deepest regret that I have to write to inform you of your son's death. He died gallantly leading his men against the enemy, and was shot through the head about 200 yards in front of the German trenches. His Captain, who is the only officer not hit in the two leading companies, could not say enough in his praise today."