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   2nd Lieutenant James Ekin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 8th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 19
James Ekin was the son of James and Josephine Ekin. James was born in 1897 in Burwood, Sydney, Australia. His father, James Ekin, had worked for many years in the Belfast Bank in Cookstown and Dungannon before emigrating to Australia. By 1910 the family had returned from Australia and were living in London. Private James Ekin served with the Rifle Brigade for a time, Service No. 2/2845. Second Lieutenant James Ekin was serving with the 8th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment when he was killed in action on 1st July 1916. Jamesí brother, Leslie Montrose Ekin was also serving with the 8th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment and was also killed that day. IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT ANY OF THE EKIN BROTHERS EVER LIVED IN THE COOKSTOWN AREA.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Lonsdale Cemetery
  Authuile, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 6-O-1
CWGC Casualty 532002
Authuille is a village 5 kilometres north of the town of Albert on the D151 road to Grandcourt. The Cemetery (signposted in the centre of Authille) is 1 kilometre east of the village. Access to the cemetery, 500 metres from the road, is by a grass pathway (unsuitable for cars).
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Adairs Mill Greenvale 133
References and Links
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1 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin Brother of 2nd Lieut James Ekin
2 Australian War Memorial Listed on Australian War Memorial
3 Clapham War Memorials Details of Ekin family in 1911 census (England)
4 Daily Telegraph Listed in Daily Telegraph article
5 Epitaphs of the Great War Details of Ekin family
6 Photo of 2nd Lieutenant James Ekin's grave
7 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of 2nd Lieutenant James Ekin's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023