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21087   Private James Gilmour
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/12/1895
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
James Gilmour was the youngest son of William and Lucinda Gilmore. James was born on New Yearís 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.
Further Information
James Gilmour was the youngest son of William and Lucinda Gilmore. William Gilmore married Lucinda Gilmore in Magherafelt on 5th April 1878.
James Gilmore was born on 31st December 1895 in Magherafelt.
The family name is mostly spelt Gilmore in the local records, but the CWGC use Gilmour. Gilmore will be used up until the time of enlistment.
The 1901 census lists James as age 5 living with the family at house 31 in Drumenagh, Ballyronan, County Londonderry. William Gilmore was a butcher.
Family: William Gilmore, Lucinda Gilmore, Arthur Gilmore (born 29th December 1879), Arthur Gilmore (born 2nd December 1880, died 21st April 1881), Maggie Gilmore (born 17th August 1883), Annie Gilmore (born 2nd November 1885), William Gilmore (born 19th January 1888), Maria Anne Gilmore (born 9th May 1890), Thomas Gilmore (born 15th October 1892), James Gilmore (born 31st December 1895), Sarah Gilmore (born 15th April 1903), Lucinda Gilmore (born 25th July 1907).
The 1911 census lists James as age 13 living with the family at house 23 in Drumenagh, Ballyronan, County Londonderry. His father was pork butcher. James had left school and, like his brothers, was working as a farm servant.
James Gilmour enlisted in Finner Camp, County Donegal. He was still living in Magherafelt.
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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 20 years old.
Private James Gilmour is buried in Connaught Cemetery, in the shadow of the Ulster Tower, at Thiepval.
The CWGC record Private James Gilmour as the son of William John and Lucy Gilmour, of Ballynagarve, Magherafelt, Co. Derry.
Private James Gilmore is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour at St Johnís (Woods Chapel) Ballyronan, Magherafelt.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Drumenagh, Ballyronan Ballymaguigan Census listing in Drumenagh, Ballyronan 54.726599 -6.537997
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'Gilmore' family 1901 census lists James as age 5 living with the family at house 31 in Drumenagh, Ballyronan, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists 'Gilmor' family 1911 census lists James as age 13 living with the family at house 23 in Drumenagh, Ballyronan, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private James Gilmour
4 Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson Photo of Private James Gilmour's grave
5 Mid Ulster Mail report Councillor makes annual Somme pilgrimage
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2020