James Kane was the son of Mrs John O’Kane. Newspaper reports record the name as O’Kane, the CWGC list him as Kane. James Kane was a member of Tergarvil Division No. 171 A.O.H. He enlisted shortly after the war commenced. Private James Kane was serving with the Irish Guards when he was gassed at the front in the summer of 1915. Private James Kane died from the effects of the gas in a hospital in Glasgow a year later on 8th August 1916. James Kane was married and a wife and four children. They lived in Glasgow. His mother lived in Tergarvil, Upperlands, Co. Londonderry.
During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards.