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5576   Private James Thompson
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment (British Army)
Died: 15/04/1917 (Died at Sea)
James Thompson was born about 1881 in Kilrea. Private James Thompson was serving with the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment when he died at sea on Sunday 15th April 1917. His unit was travelling to the Eastern theatres of War, Salonika and Palestine and were on board the troop ship SS Arcadian in the Mediterranean. It had left Salonika headed for Egypt when it encountered an enemy submarine. It was torpedoed and the ship sank. In his will, he left all to his grandmother, Mrs Jane McCotter, who was living at Castle Street in Ballymoney.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Mikra Memorial
  Kalamaria, Thessaloniki
Grave Ref: No Ref
CWGC Casualty 1648123
Mikra Memorial is inside Mikra British Cemetery and is situated in the Municipality of Kalamaria in the city of Thessaloniki just off Konstantinou Karamanlis Street between the army camp of Ntalipi (pronounced Dalipi) and the Kalamaria Greek Communal Cemetery. From both the town centre and airport of Thessaloniki it is approximately a 20 minute drive and can be accessed by first driving along Leoforos Ethnikis Antistaseos highway then entering Makedonias Street and turning right at the top of this road at the traffic lights. From there you enter Konstantinou Karamanlis and the cemetery is approx 300 metres further on your right and a CWGC sign is clearly visible.
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 46
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Jane McCotter 1911 census lists James' grandmother living at house 19 in Castle Street, Ballymoney, Antrim
2 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private James Thompson
3 National Archives UK Medal card of Private James Thompson can be purchased here
4 SS Arcadian - Photo and Map of SS Arcadian
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James Thompson's inscription can be purchased here
6 WWI Diaries Account of the sinking of HMT Arcadia
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2021