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Rflmn. James McCann .     British Army 1st Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Lusk, County Dublin

(d.9th Dec 1914)

James McCann was killed after only a few months service, we do not know very much about the circumstances.

Donal McCann

Pte. John McCann .     British Army 2nd Btn South Lancashire Regiment   from Belfast

(d.25th Dec 1914)

John McCann served as John Brown and was killed on Christmas day 1914.

James McCann

Cpl. Joseph Davidson McCann .     British Army 5th Btn. Highland Light Infantry   from Garngad Rd Glasgow

(d.30th Nov 1917)

Joseph Davidson McCann was my mother's uncle. I knew nothing of his story until shortly before my mothers death 4 yrs ago. All I know about him is he served with the 1st and 5th battalions of the Highland Light Infantry, he is buried in Ramleh cemetery.

Alan Ward

Pte. Joseph McCann .     British Army 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards   from Jarrow

(d.20th Sep 1914)

Joseph McCann served with the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, he was aged 26 when he died on 20th September 1914. Born in Jarrow he was the son of Matthew and Sarah Ann McCann. On the 1911 census he is recorded as Joseph McCann age 23 Soldier on leave from 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards staying with his older brother James Henry McCann and family at 5 Gladstone Street, Hebburn. He had enlisted in South Shields.

Joseph is buried in Vailly British Cemetery and is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (west face) Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Pte. William McCann .     British Army 2nd Btn. B Company. Royal Dublin Fusiliers   from Chance Inn, Perthshire, Scotland

(d.17th Oct 1914)

William McCann was my grandfather. He was killed in St. Joseph's Café in Houplines, France. He entered the café and found 6 German soldiers he killed all 6 but was fatally wounded and died aprox 1 hour after the Germans.

The lady who owned the café buried the Germans on one side of the garden and my grandfather on the other side. After the war British. His remains were moved to a convent at Armitiers and interred there until 1960 when his remains were moved to the Strand Military Cemetery in Ploegsteert, Belgium.

He lived at Chance Inn by Glencarse, Perthshire, Scotland. He was born in Balbriggan, Dublin in 1881 and went to Scotland to find work. He met my grandmother and they were married on November 4th 1910. A son, William, was born in 1911 and died in 1912. My father, David McCann, was born in 1912 and died in 1968. My Aunt Jean was born in 1915.

He is documented as being the hero of Houplines. There is a ceremony of somesort happening on the 17th of October but I can't get the Mayor of Houplines to give me any information about it. I have tried three times but to no avail. We have all the documents containing the information.

Alexander McCann

Capt. William Harold Raphael McCarter .     British Army Royal Army Medical Corps

William Harold Raphael McCarter was my paternal grandfather. He served during the Great War as a doctor. He was captured during the Spring offensive at Epehy in March 1918 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner. The main POW camps where he was held were Rastatt, Karlsruhe and eventually Graudenz in Poland. I have transcribed his diary which is now very fragile, and I also have a book of cartoons painted by one of the officers in his battalion before their capture. I am putting everything together in a book and am still searching for relevant pictures of the POW camps and my grandfather.

Tess Noble

Cpl. Albert Cornelius "Mac" McCarthy .     British Army 8th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps   from London

Albert McCarthy joined up on 24th of August 1914. He was wounded at the Somme, being blown up by a shell or mine; although not physically injured, could not speak for some time. He was discharged on the 22nd of August 1916. Relieved he was recuperating in a stately home used as a hospital, the home was owned my Marcus Samuel, owner of M Samuel Merchant Bank. Albert was employed by the bank and rose to be company secretary, before he retired in 1956. He died at the age of 92 in May 1985.

James Tubbs

Cpl. Daniel McCarthy MM.     British Army attd. Y Bty. 21st Trench Mortar Bty Royal Garrison Artillery (d.26th June 1916)

Daniel McCarthy died 26th June 1916 aged 45 and is buried in the Norfolk Cemetery in France.

s flynn

John McCarthy .     British Army Highland Light Infantry

My Granddad was John McCarthy, I have a copy of a letter to the War Pensioners' Welfare Services in Dublin, where he was living. It says that he served in the Highland Light Infantry and was discharged 21st March 1919. it seems he was in the Munster Fusiliers before the HLI. I know he received medals for Mons, Somme & Arras and was wounded twice.


CSM John McCarthy .     British Army 4th Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.8th Jan 1916)

Thanks to this site I have located my grandfather's grave site, a place we as a family could never visit, until now. He was CSM John McCarthy of the 4th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers, and who died 8th January 1916.

I will be visiting his grave in Douglas this Saturday. Due to family circumstances my Dad did not know where his father was buried. My Dad passed in 1985 but now as a family we can make this link. Again many thanks.

Pat Dempsey

Pte. Laurence McCarthy .     British Army 49th Btn. Machine Gun Corps   from Step lane, Cork, Ireland

(d.16th Oct 1918)

Laurence McCarthy died in hospital in France from wounds received in battle on the 16th October 1918. His brother died from illness in a German prisoner of war camp on the 25 of August 1918.

John Hornibrook

Pte. Richard McCarthy .     British Army 15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers   from Manchester

(d.1st July 1916)

Richard McCarthy enlisted with his pals and before the war he worked at Manchester Victoria Train Station, in which he is commerated on the Great War plaque there. We know he lost his life serving King and Country on the 1st July 1916. His final resting place is at Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France.

Richard McCarthy

Spr. William Cuthbert McCarthy MM..     British Army 206th Field Company Royal Engineers   from Jarrow

(d.3rd Dec 1918)

William Cuthbert McCarthy served as a Sapper with the 206th Field Company Royal Engineers and was awarded the Military Medal. He was aged 23 when he died on 3rd December 1918. Born in Westoe in 1895, he lived in East Jarrow. On the 1911 census he is recorded as William Cuthbert McCarthy age 15 Colliery Worker above ground living with his parents Robert and Margaret Ann (nee Gray) McCarthy and family at 25 Simonside Terrace, East Jarrow.

William is buried in Soumoy Communal Cemetery.

Vin Mullen

Cpl. James Horsley "Norval" McCartney .     British Army 6th Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers   from Edinburgh

(d.7th July 1916)

My uncle, James Horsley McCartney, was born in 1895 and joined the 2nd Battalion of the KOSB in Leith probably in late 1914 and was sent to France on the 9th February 1915. He was transferred to the 6th Battalion as a corporal and was killed at Bernafay Wood during shelling whilst he was replenishing stores to the front line on the 7th July 1916. I found out about my Uncle Norval when I was a little boy from my mother who did not know any of the details about him, his regiment or where and when he died. Apparently his death was such a blow to my grandparents that he was never spoken of after this tragic event. I feel that despite the pain that still lingers over the deaths of so many young men their memory should never be erased from this earth. My children and grandchildren have been told his story and copies of his medals and scroll are on prominent display in my home to remind everyone who sees them of the pride and love we have for him.

Alex McCartney

Private John William "Jack" McCartney .     Army 25th battalion King's Regiment Ã?Ã? (Liverpool)   from Everton, Liverpool, England.

Keith McCartney

Pte. James McCarty .     British Army 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment   from Bill Quay.

(d.4th May 1916)

James McCarty served with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, he was aged 26 when he died on 4th May 1916. He was born and enlisted in Jarrow. Native of Hebburn, on the 1911 census he is listed as James McCarty age 18 Rivet Heater in Cammell Laird Shipyard is lodging with a number of other lads from South Tyneside at 9 Stanley Street, Tranmere, Birkenhead. He was the husband of Agnes Hall McCarty (nee Gidney) of 58 Coxon Street Bill Quay.

James is buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt and is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (south face) Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Pte. John McCauley .     British Army 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(d.26th May 1915)

John McCauley served with the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and was aged 30 when he died on 26th May 1915. Born in 1884 in Jarrow he was the son of Mary Ann McCauley and husband of Catherine McCauley (nee McLaughlan) of 42 Cambrian Street Jarrow.

John is buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Sgt. Thomas McCaw .     British Army 15th Btn Highland Light Infantry (d.3rd July 1916)

Thomas McCaw is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Janine McCaw

L/Cpl. Robert McChesney .     British Army Tyneside Scottish Northumberland Fusiliers   from Seaham, County Durham

(d.4th July 1916)

Robert Mcchesney

My great uncle, Robert Mcchesney, from Seaham, County Durham, served with the 22nd/3rd Tyneside Scottish Northumberland Fusiliers during World War One. He was stationed in France from early 1916, this information obtained from the war diaries of the Tyneside Scottish units held at Alnwick Castle.

The 22nd Tyneside Scottish went into battle on the first day of the Somme at La Bosielle with the 21st forming the 102nd brigade right, and he was wounded on the site of the still existing Lochnagar Crater, which was created by a mine blown minutes prior to the commencement of the battle on the 1st of July 1916. It is here that the body of George Nugent also of the Tyneside Scottish was found in the 1990's.

Robert was wounded on the 1st of July 1916, and died from wounds on 4th of July 1916. He is buried at Heilly Gate Cemetery, France, which was a casualty clearing station like many of the cemeteries on the Somme. He was 24 years old and his younger sister, my grandmother, never got over the loss of her brother and she named her first born son Robert in honour of him.

Mareen Gartland

L/Cpl. Robert McChesney .     British Army 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from Seaham, County Durham

(d.4th July 1916)

My great uncle, Lance Corporal Robert McChesney, 22/1175 22nd Tyneside Scottish, Northumberland Fusiliers died on 4th of July 1916 of wounds sustained on the 1st of July, the 1st day of the battle of the Somme. He is buried at Heily Gate Cemetery, Picardy, France and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at St Hilda's and St Helen's Church, Seaham County Durham. He is in the roll of honour under the misspelled name of Chesney in John Sheen's book, 'The Tyneside Scottish Northumberland Fusiliers'.

Mareen Gartland

Pte. H. McClair .     British Army 2nd Btn. Border Regiment (d.1st Aug 1918)

Pte. H. McClair served with the Border Regiment, 2nd Battalion He was executed for desertion on 1st August1918 and isburied in the City of Paris Cemetery, Bagneux, France.

s flynn

CSM. Thomas McClay DCM MM..     British Army 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Omagh

David Marshall

Sergeant R J McCleary .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles   from Tonaghmore, Banbridge

(d.22nd July 1915)

This is a photo of my great-grandad, Sgt R J McCleary, Service No 4775 of the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. He was the son of Robert McCleary of Tonaghmore,Banbridge and husband of Amy McCleary, of Saul St., Down Patrick, County Down. He died on Thursday 22nd July 1915 at the age of 27, and is buried at Merville Communal Cemetry, Nord, France.

I am visiting his grave in August as my Nana (who sadly has died) always wanted to visit her father's grave but never got the chance.

Teresa Price

A. McCleery .     British Army 14th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.1st Jul 1916)

Rfmn. David McClelland .     British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.17th Oct 1914)

David was my grandfather Robert McClelland's brother. He was born in Belfast on 5th May 1885 to John and Sarah. He served with the Royal Irish Rifles and is registered in the 1901 Census as in 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles so must have switched to 2nd Battalion before embarking for France in August 1914. He died of wounds on 17th October 1914 and is buried in Bethune Town cemetery. Other than this I know nothing about him. His service record is not available.

R Aiken

Pte. Robert McClelland .     British Army 594th MT Coy. Army Service Corps   from Blantyre

(d.12th Sep 1917)

Robert McClelland was the son of Hugh and Grace McClelland of Hamilton, Scotland. I have no idea what happened to him but he is buried in Westouter Churchyard, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Robert McClelland

Pte. James McClure .     British Army 1st Btn. Royal Scots   from Abercromby Street, Glasgow

My great-uncle James McClure served with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots from March 2015 until the war ended when he re-enlisted and served with the Military Mission in Bulgaria.

I'm still trying to piece together all the details but it looks as though he was acting as some sort of courier between Sofia and Constantinople between 1919 and Mar 1920. He married a Russian girl in January 1920 and in March 1920 he was shot dead by a member of the Bulgarian Secret Police during an altercation.

Gnr. Robert Calderwood McClure MM..     British Army 103rd Bde. A Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Robert Calderwood McClure won the Military Medal in Italy (date of Gazette was 21st October 1918). He was part of "A" Battery.

Robin McClure

Pte. William McClure .     British Army 7th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Howood, Renfrewshire, Scotland

(d.11th Nov 1916)

William McClure is interred at the Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.

James McClure

Pte. James McCluskey MM..     British Army 6th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers   from Jarrow

(d.25th Nov 1918)

James McCluskey MM served with the 6th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. Born in Jarrow in 1885, he was aged 33 when he died on 25th November 1918.

James is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

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