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12396   Private James P Cassidy
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 23/07/1916 (Executed)
James Cassidy was the husband of Annie Cassidy, Coagh Street, Cookstown. James was an army veteran, having had 12 years experience. Originally joining the army as a drummer boy he went on to see action during the Boer War. At the outbreak of the First World War, he volunteered and was called to the front, being posted to Gallipoli. He was wounded twice in action, in June and August 1915. He was returned to Redlands War Hospital, Reading, UK, with a severe wound to his left arm that almost invalided him out of the war. He was later posted back to his battalion in France. James Cassidy was originally reported missing on the 25th June 1916, and was later found to be at a field ambulance hospital where he died of wounds, on 26th July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Ext
  Englebelmer, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave D5
CWGC Casualty 277866
Englebelmer is a village in the Department of the Somme, 8 kilometres north-west of Albert and 24 kilometres south-south-east of Arras. The Cemetery is by the side of the road, with the British plots at the east end, to the right and left of the entrance. The Extension is at the south-west corner of the Communal Cemetery away from the road.
Local Memorial Details

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

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 157
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1 Forum posting suggesting shot for desertion Forum posting suggesting James P Cassidy was shot for desertion
2 Irish Times - Shot at Dawn Report confirms that Private James Cassidy was 'Shot at Dawn'
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 National Memorial Arboretum Private Cassidy is commemorated at the Shot at Dawn Memorial
5 Shot at Dawn - book extract Shot by firing squard
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James P Cassidy's grave can be purchased here
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