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3620   Private James Owens
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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: 30/04/1892
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
James Owens was the eldest son of John and Catherine Owens. He was born on 30th April 1892 at Lissan, Cookstown. He was the one of six children, five of whom were boys. They were a family that lived in Lissan. James became a farm servant. Private James Owens was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Sunday 16th May 1915. He was killed on the eve of the Battle of Festubert.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 1560197
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
2 Moneymore War Memorial Moneymore
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 52
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Owens family 1901 census lists James as 9 years old at house 8 in Turnaface, Moneymore
2 1911 Census lists James 'Owns' Lists James as age 19, a servant at house 2 in Drumard, Lissan Upper, Londonderry
3 1911 Census lists Owens family Does not list James as living with family at house 3 in Drumard, Lissan Upper, Londonderry
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023