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30/11/2018 Mr John Magee, Luney, Desertmartin, has received official intimation that his son James has been killed at the Dardanelles. Private Magee joined the 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers about one month previous to the outbreak of the war.
30/11/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st July 1915:
30/11/2018 James McGhee enlisted in Cookstown with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers about one month previous to the outbreak of the war.
15/03/2018 The 1901 census records James as 4 years old, living with the family in Luney, Desertmartin. James’ father was a scutcher.
15/03/2018 The CWGC record Private James McGhee as the son of John McGhee.
15/03/2018 Last Will and Testament of Private James McGhee dated 4th February 1915:
15/03/2018 James McGhee was a son of John and Elizabeth McGhee. John McGhee and Elizabeth Lucas were married on 31st January 1886 in the district of Dungannon.
15/03/2018 Private James McGhee has no known grave and is commemorated on Special Memorial C295 in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey.
15/03/2018 In his will, James left all to his mother Lizzie, who was living in Rosgarland, Magherafelt.
15/03/2018 James McGhee is listed on Cookstown War Memorial as J Magee.
15/03/2018 Known family: John McGhee, Elizabeth McGhee, Patrick McGhee (born about 1889, America), Robert McGhee (born 2nd May 1890, Dungannon), John McGhee (born 1st July 1894, Magherafelt), James McGhee (born 28th July 1896, Magherafelt), Sarah McGhee (born 21st June 1899, Magherafelt), Elizabeth McGhee (born 26th December 1902, Magherafelt), William McGhee (born 27th July 1905, Magherafelt).
15/03/2018 The spelling of the surname changes throughout. In his will, James spells it as McGhee.
15/03/2018 James was born in Desertmartin on 28th July 1896. He was one of eight children, six surviving.
15/03/2018 Their second son was born in Dungannon.
15/03/2018 James and Elizabeth spent a time in America, where their first son was born around 1889.
15/03/2018 Private James McGhee was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Gallipoli during the Battle of Gully Ravine on Monday 28th June 1915. He was just two days short of his 21st birthday.
15/03/2018 The 1911 census lists James as age 15, living with the family at house 8 in Luney, Desertmartin. James had left school and was a general labourer. His father was a flax scutcher.
30/12/2015 In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother Mrs Lizzie McGhee Rosgarland Magherafelt, Co Derry Private James McGhee 4428 First Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Rugby February 4/2/1915
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 24th June 1916:
30/12/2015 MAGEE – Killed on 28th June 1915 at the Dardanelles, Private James Magee, 1st Battalion royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, son of Mrs Magee, Annagh, Desertmartin.
30/12/2015 ‘His warfare is over, his battle fought,
30/12/2015 His fresh young life could not be saved.
30/12/2015 He slumbers now in a soldier’s grave
30/12/2015 The trial was great, the loss heavy to bear.
30/12/2015 The angels, dear son, will tend you with care.’
30/12/2015 Inserted by his sorrowing parents.
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