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12084   Private James Gormley
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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: 15/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
James Gormley was born in Shettleston, Lanarkshire, and was the son of William and Annabella Gormley (nee Breslin) from Dunamanagh, Cloughcorr, County Tyrone. In the early 1900ís the family settled in Cookstown. James Gormley was working in Cookstown prior to enlisting with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The Battalion was sent to Gallipoli as part of 29th Division in April 1915. James was reported killed in action during the assault on Kidney Hill at Suvla, on 15th August 1915. One of James comrades returned from Gallipoli and told his family that James had volunteered to bring back some fresh water from a well, where it is thought he was killed by a Turkish sniper
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  Cape Helles, Gallipoli, 
Grave Ref: Panel 97-101
CWGC Casualty 693672
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 76
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Gormley family 1901 census lists James as age 16, living with the family at house 1 in Cullion, Mountcastle, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Gormley family 1911 census does not list James as living with the family at house 43 in Church Street, Cookstown
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of James Gormley
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023