10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
09/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
James Cassidy was the son of William and Margaret Cassidy. He was born on 16th June 1888 in Kilrea. The family moved from Kilrea to Upperlands in 1893. James was part of a large family and had nine sisters and two brothers. James was a labourer. James Cassidy enlisted in Coleraine. In May 1917 he was awarded a parchment certificate for gallantry in battle. It was about this same time that he was wounded, and was home on ten days leave. Private James Cassidy was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers near Ypres in August 1917. Private Cassidy was on the front line with his battalion when he killed in action near Ypres on 9th August 1917 during a heavy bombardment.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.