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7692   Lance Corporal James McGuckin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (British Army)
Died: 20/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
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Summary      
At the outbreak of the First World War was living in Glasgow. He enlisted in Hamilton with the Cameronians. James had gained promotion to Lance Corporal and it is thought he joined the 1st Battalion early in 1916. By the 20th July the Cameronians were engaged in very heavy fighting in a desperate attempt to take High Wood and Delville Wood. 107 men of the Battalion were killed, including James McGuckin.
Further Information
James McGuckin was born in Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
At the outbreak of the war James was living in Glasgow.
James McGuckin enlisted in Hamilton, Scotland with the Cameronians. They were formed at Hamilton and landed at Le Havre on 15th August 1914.
James had gained promotion to Lance Corporal and it is thought he joined the 1st Battalion early in 1916.
Lance Corporal James McGuckin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) when he was killed in action on Thursday 20th July 1916.
By the 20th July the Cameronians were engaged in very heavy fighting in a desperate attempt to take High Wood and Delville Wood. 107 men of the Battalion were killed, including James McGuckin.
James is not listed in Glasgow Evening Times Roll of Honour May to July 1916, nor the Glasgow Evening Times Roll of Honour 1916 (soldiers from Glasgow).
There is a listing for a Private James McGucken, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), on page 86 of the City of Glasgow Roll of Honour. He was living at 9 Norman Street, Bridgeton.
Lance Corporal James McGuckin is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery in France.
There is also a Lance Corporal James McGuckin in Magherafelt War Dead. He was from Ballinderry and served with the 11th Inniskillings.
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References and Links
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1 City of Glasgow Roll of Honour McGuckin, James, Private, Cameronians, 9 Norman Street, Bridgeton, Page 86
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
3 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Lance Corporal James McGuckin
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of L/Corporal James McGuckin's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020