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  cap badgePrivate James (Jimmy) Conlin

15th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Tramways)
Service No: 26447

James (Jimmy) Conlin grave





Personal details

Family Information

Eldest son of Luke and Mary Ann Courtney Conlin of Coatbank St, Coatbridge. Eldest of 4 children. Husband of Elizabeth Conlin born 27/06/1881 of 49 Coatbank St, Coatbridge. Father of David born 29/12/1905, Elizabeth Ann born 14/06/1908 and Ann born 06/05/1913. From the 1891 Census - Luke Conlin aged 34, Mary Ann Conlin aged 27, James Conlin aged 10, Mary Conlin aged 6, Bernard Conlin aged 5, Annie Conlin aged 2 and James` dads brother James Conlin aged 30. From the 1901 Census - Address - 69 North Jackson St, Coatbridge - Luke Conlin aged 43, Mary Ann Conlin aged 38, James Conlin aged 19, Bernard Conlin aged 15, Annie Conlin aged 12, Margaret Conlin aged 5, James' dads brother James Conlin aged 38

Born / Resided

Consett, Durham / 49 Coatbank St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 23/06/1917 at Nieuport


Coatbridge 1914


Labourer in the Horse Shoe Works / Professional footballer


35 / DOB - 06/07/1881

Buried / Remembered

Nieuport Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

he Nieuport Memorial commemorates 566 Commonwealth officers and men who were killed in Allied operations on the Belgian coast during the First World War and have no known grave. Twenty of those commemorated served with the Royal Naval Division and were killed or mortally wounded during the siege of Antwerp in October 1914. Almost all of the remainder fell in heavy fighting in the region of Nieuport in the summer of 1917.

Additional Information

James was Killed in Action during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). His battalion was transferred to the Nieuport sector on the Belgium coast during June 1917 in readiness to support a British offensive at the Third Battle of Ypres. James is listed as 4TH BATTALION on the Memorial. James was a professional footballer. During his career he played for Albion Rovers, Airdrieonians, Birmingham City, Bradford City, Manchester City and Falkirk. His transfer fee of £1000 for his move to Manchester City was only the second such fee in the pre-war era. On the 07/04/1906 he played before a then world record 102,741 crowd in Glasgow in the Scotland v England international which Scotland won 2-1, the first international at Hampden. Despite having grown up in Coatbridge James played obviously for England. See newspaper clippings for more information. Google his name for lots more information on this brave man and great footballer. See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, a photo of James, his name on the Nieuport Memorial x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Nieuport Memorial Panel List, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his name on the Army Register of Soldiers Effects and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge

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Jimmy was also my Gran, Elizabeth's Dad. My Gran remembers him and her Mum as a very glamorous couple. Unfortunately, the demon drink helped lead to his downfall in his footballing career. Very tragic.
Elaine Ckark, WOKING , 13/06/2020 10:23PM
James Conlin was my great grandad, his daughter was my gran. This is an amazing site so important to keep the memories of our relatives those who died for their country alive
Nikki Simmons, Motherwell, 08/01/2019 8:39PM

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