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   2nd Lieutenant James McNeill McKinstry
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/05/1895
Died: 02/12/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 21
James McNeill McKinstry was the youngest son of Robert and Annie Roberts McKinstry. He was born in Cookstown on 9th May 1895. He was one of nine children, six surviving. His sister Annie was born in Belfast two years later. James studied at Inst. in Belfast and then at Queens University, from 1913-1914. He joined the Queens’ Officer Training Corps on 29th September 1914. Second Lieutenant McKinstry, serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was wounded and subsequently died of his wounds in Warloy Special Hospital on Saturday 2nd December 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery
  Warloy-Baillon, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 8-C-16
CWGC Casualty 74739
Warloy-Baillon is a village about 21 kilometres north-east of Amiens along the D919 to Arras. The Communal Cemetery is on the east side of the village and the extension is on the eastern side of the cemetery.
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 Queens University Belfast
2 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 190
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McKinstry family 1901 census lists James McNeill as age 5, living with the family at house 28 in Drumnadrough, Whitehouse, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists McKinstry family 1911 census lists James McNeill as age 15, living wcith the family at house 6 in Cloughurivan, Camlough, Armagh
3 Central Presbyterian Association - 1917 Some information on James McNeill McKinstry
4 Photo of 2nd Lieut James M McKinstry's grave
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Queen’s University War Memorial 'McKinstry, James McNeill, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers'
7 Queens Univ. Book of Remembrance 1952 Page 38. Member of Training Corps 1913-1914
8 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Past pupil of Inst. Includes photo of grave and correspondence.
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of 2nd Lieut James M McKinstry's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023