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17804   Private James McClean
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 15/08/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 06/09/1915 (Died of Illness)
Age: 19
James McClean was the second son of James and Isabella McClean. He was born in Belturbet, County Cavan about 1896. He was the second of four children. His mother and father both died when he was young and he came to live with in Cookstown with Mr A W Richardson, where he served his apprenticeship in the drapery business. Despite bad eye sight, he was enlisted into the Inniskillings. In early 1915 he contracted scarlet fever. He recovered but fell ill again shortly after. Private James McClean was serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of illness in Belfast on Monday 6th September 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Belfast City Cemetery
  Belfast, Co Antrim, 
Grave Ref: Mem H.533
CWGC Casualty 660854
The cemetery has commemorations from both world wars and a Cross of Sacrifice is erected within the site. There are now 296 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 274 of the 1939-1945 war commemorated here. Of the 1939-1945 burials 5 are unidentified. There are also 3 Norwegian Foreign Nationals and 7 non world war burials here. Those of the 1914-1918 war whose graves are not marked by headstones are named on a Screen Wall memorial in Plot H.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 84
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'McLean' family Lists James Andrew as age 5 living with the family at house 3 in Kilconny, Belturbet, Cavan
2 1911 Census lists James with Richardsons 1911 census lists James as 15 year old apprentice at house 12 in Molesworth Street, Cookstown
3 James Somers V.C. Cousin of James who was awarded a Victoria Cross
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James McClean's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023