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39124   Private John McCay Torrens
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Dated added: 25/04/2016   Last updated: 20/09/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/08/1895
Died: 01/09/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
John McCay Torrens was born on 25th August 1895 in Moneydig, near Garvagh. John was raised by his grandparents, James and Jane Torrens. They lived in Culnaman, Bovagh, County Londonderry. They were a farming family. Around 1913, John emigrated to New Zealand. He had relatives in Christchurch. Private Torrens was seriously wounded in November 1917. He received a severe gunshot wound to the elbow. He was removed to hospital. On 12th July 1918, John ‘Jack’ Torrens returned to the front. Private John McCay Torrens was serving with the 1st Battalion of the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade when he was killed in action east of Bapaume in France on 1st September 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bancourt British Cemetery
  Bapaume, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave I-F-10
CWGC Casualty 206412
Bancourt is a village which lies approximately 4 Kms due east of Bapaume on the north side of the D7, Bapaume to Bertincourt road. Bancourt British Cemetery is situated east of Bancourt village, 300 metres off the D7 on the north side. The CWGC direction signs on the D7 indicate the best approach to the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 86
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Torrens family 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 18 in Culnaman, Bovagh, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Torrens family 1911 census lists John as age 15 living with the family at house 2 in Culnaman, Bovagh, Londonderry
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Private John McCay Torrens
4 Dolores Cross Project No picture of Private John McCay Torrens's grave
5 Free Lance Newspaper - 26/09/1918 Photo of Private John McCay Torrens (labelled)
6 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private John McCay Torrens
7 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private John McCay Torrens including grave photo
8 Rifleman Allston Neely Schoolboy friend of John Torrens who died in the same day in the same place.
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John McCay Torrens's grave can be purchased here
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