Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
21087   Private James Gilmour
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/12/1895
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
James Gilmour was the youngest son of William and Lucinda Gilmore. James was born on New Year’s Eve 1895 in Magherafelt. His father was pork butcher in Ballyronan. James was a farm servant. James Gilmour enlisted in Finner Camp, County Donegal. He was still living in Magherafelt. Private James Gilmour was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916. He was just 20 years old. Private James Gilmour is buried in Connaught Cemetery, in the shadow of the Ulster Tower, at Thiepval.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Connaught Cemetery
  Thiepval, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave II-F-9
CWGC Casualty 526723
Thiepval is a village about 8 kilometres north-east of Albert. The Cemetery (signposted in the village) is on the edge of Thiepval Wood near the Ulster Tower, about one kilometre north-west of Thiepval on the Thiepval-Hamel road (D73).
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 2 Castledawson
2 Woodschapel Parish Church -WW1 Roll of Honour Ballymaguigan
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 39
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'Gilmore' family 1901 census lists James as age 5 living with the family at house 31 in Drumenagh, Ballyronan, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists 'Gilmor' family 1911 census lists James as age 13 living with the family at house 23 in Drumenagh, Ballyronan, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private James Gilmour
4 Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson Photo of Private James Gilmour's grave
5 Mid Ulster Mail report Councillor makes annual Somme pilgrimage
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023