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42495   Private James Tanney
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince Of Wales) (British Army)
Died: 16/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
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Summary      
James Tanney was born in Pomeroy and went as a young man to England in search of work. He enlisted in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He arrived in France in 1916 and survived many engagements. By the time of Passchendaele, August 1917, the weather had changed to almost continuous rain. Every hollow on the battlefield was full to overflowing with stagnant water. Wounded soldiers were often lost in these conditions. James was killed in action at Passchendaele and has no known grave.
Further Information
James Tanney was born in Pomeroy on 14th January 1883.
James went to England as a young man in search of work.
James Tanney enlisted in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment
Medal card
He arrived in France in 1916 and survived many engagements.
By the time of Passchendaele, August 1917, the weather had changed to almost continuous rain. The drainage of the Belgian countryside had been destroyed by the constant shellfire. Every hollow on the battlefield was full to overflowing with stagnant water. Wounded soldiers were often lost in these conditions.
Private James Tanney was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment when he was killed in action at Passchendaele on Thursday 16th August 1917.
Private James Tanney has no known grave and is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Pomeroy area Pomeroy Born in Pomeroy area 54.597403 -6.914646
References and Links
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1 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
2 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private James Tanney
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020