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24762   Private James McCaughey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 02/08/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
Summary      
John James McCaughey was the son Catherine McCaughey. James was born in Clogher, County Tyrone about 1881. The family moved to Cookstown. His mother was a widow. James was a labourer. James McCaughey enlisted in the army on 12th July 1915. Private James McCaughey serving with the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Wednesday 2nd August 1916 in France.
Further Information
John James McCaughey was the son Catherine McCaughey.
James was born in Clogher, County Tyrone about 1881.
Family: Catherine McCaughey, John James McCaughey (born about 1881), Francis McCaughey (born about 1883), May Ellen McCaughey (born about 1885), Patrick McCaughey (born about 1888), Maggie Jane McCaughey (born about 1894).
The 1901 census John James as age 20, living with the family at house 3 in Church Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone. Like James, his mother and his brother Francis were farm labourers. His mother was a widow.
The 1911 census lists John James as age 31, living with the family at house 8 in Church Street, Cookstown. He was a labourer.
James McCaughey enlisted in the army on 12th July 1915 in Cookstown and was subsequently posted to the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Medal card
Private James McCaughey serving with the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Wednesday 2nd August 1916 in France.
News of his death was reported to the family in a letter by a fellow soldier who was serving with James before official confirmation arrived.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
Newspaper Report
Private James McCaughey, reported killed, was a native of Church Street. His brother received a letter from a comrade to the effect that he had been killed on the fourth of the month. He joined the Irish Brigade on 12th July 1915.
In his Will, James left all to his mother.
Last Will and Testament of Private James McCaughey dated 17th January 1916:
In the event of my death, I give the whole of my personal effects to my mother Catherine McCaughey and all moneys due to me from the army, and in case she dies, to brother and sisters at my home. Signed John J McCaughey, Private 24762, 8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Private James McCaughey is commemorated on Special Memorial 27 at Bois-Carre Military Cemetery, Haisnes in France.
The name J. McGahey appears on Cookstown Cenotaph and it is now generally accepted that this is who the inscription refers to.
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1 1901 Census lists McCaughey family Lists John James as age 20 living with the family at house 3 in Church Street, Cookstown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McCaughey family Lists John James as age 31 living with the family at house 8 in Church Street, Cookstown, Tyrone
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private James McCaughey's grave
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private James McCaughey
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of James McCaughey can be purchased here.
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