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11113e   Private James Espey
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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: 28/06/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
James Espey was born about 1886. By 1901 he was boarding with the Burns family in Killymoon Street. James Espey and Mary Burns were married on 2nd February 1907. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, James enlisted in Cookstown with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private James Espey was serving in Gallipoli when he was killed on the 28th June 1915 during the Battle of Gully Ravine.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery
  Cape Helles, Gallipoli
Grave Ref: C-244
CWGC Casualty 602950
Take the road opposite the Kabatepe Museum to Helles/Alcitepe. After 14.2 km's, take a right turn at the 'T' junction to Twelve Tree Copse and other Helles cemeteries. After 14.3 km's take the left fork and the cemetery will be found on the right after 15.4 km's. Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery is in the Helles area, about 1 km south-west of the village of Krithia.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
3 St Luran's Church, Church Street Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 67
2 Derryloran Parish Church 1915
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists James as boarder 1901 census lists James as 15 year old boarder at Killymoon Street
2 1911 Census lists James & Mary Espey 1911 census lists James as 25 years old at house 66 in Church Street, Cookstown
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of James Espey
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Private James McGhee Killed in the same assault
6 Sergeant Joseph John Burns Brother in law of Private James Espey
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James Espey's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023