9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
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.
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).