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2539   Company Sergeant Major James Surgenor
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 03/09/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 26
Summary      
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.
Company Sergeant Major James Surgenor
Further Information
James Surgenor was the son of Margaret and James Surgenor. James was born about 1890 in Ahoghill.
Family: James Surgenor, Margaret Surgenor, John Surgenor (born about 1883), Mary A Surgenor (born about 1888), Thomas Surgenor (born about 1889), James Surgenor (born about 1890).
The family lived at Grange Corner, Taylorstown. This is about 2/3 miles from Ahoghill in the Randalstown/Toomebridge direction
The 1901 census lists James as age 11 living with the family at house 79 in Taylorstown, Ballyscullion, County Antrim. James was still at school. They were a farming family
The 1911 census lists James as age 21 living with the family at house 26 in Taylorstown, Ballyscullion. James was working on the family farm.
Unusually, his father is not listed as living with the family on either census.
James Surgenor was a section commander in the Ulster Volunteer Force.
James enlisted in Lisburn around September 1914, at the start of the war.
Medal card
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. He was 26 years old.
He is mentioned in the Ballymena Weekly Telegraph of 23 September 1916.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 23rd September 1916: Sergeant Major James Surgenor
News has been received that Company Sergeant Major James Surgenor, 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, son of Mr James Surgenor, Taylorstown, Toomebridge, was gassed in France in 1st September and succumbed in hospital on the 3rd. Sergeant Major Surgenor was a member of the Ulster Volunteers, and joined the colours about two years ago.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 22nd May 1917: Certificates for Gallantry
Ulster Divisional Cards for Gallantry and Good Service have been granted to the following W.O.s and N.C.O.s and men of the South Antrim Battalion Royal Irish Rifles 2539 Sergeant J Surgenor (C.S.M, since killed).
Company Sergeant Major Surgenor is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
James Surgenor is commemorated in Grange Presbyterian Church.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Taylorstown, Ballyscullion Toome Census listing in Taylorstown, Ballyscullion 54.795246 -6.397374
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1 1901 Census lists Surgenor family 1901 census lists James as age 11 living with the family at house 79 in Taylorstown, Ballyscullion, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Surgenor family 1911 census lists James as age 21 living with the family at house 26 in Taylorstown, Ballyscullion, Antrim
3 Ballymena 1914-1918 Details of C.S.M. James Surgenor
4 Forum discussion (GWF) Details including photo
5 National Archives UK Medal card of C.S.M. James Surgenor can be purchased here
6 Park bench inscription Antrim Memorial, Plaques And Monuments Register 2014
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of C.S.M. James Surgenor's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2020