James Surgenor was the son of Margaret and James Surgenor. James was born about 1890 in Ahoghill. The family lived at Grange Corner, Taylorstown. They were a farming family. James Surgenor was a section commander in the Ulster Volunteer Force. James enlisted in Lisburn around September 1914, at the start of the war. Company Sergeant Major James Surgenor was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was gassed on 1st September 1916. C.S.M. James Surgenor died of his wounds on Sunday 3rd September 1916.
Bailleul is a large town in France, near the Belgian border, 14.5 Kms south-west of Ieper and on the main road from St. Omer to Lille. From the Grand Place, take the Ieper road and 400 metres along this road is a sign indicating the direction of the cemetery. Turn right into a small road and follow for approximately 400 metres. The cemetery is on the right and the Communal Cemetery Extension is at the bottom end.