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Private James Munro

1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers
Service No: 10935

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Family Information

Son of Thomas and Margaret Munro. James` brother Private John Munro of the 12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was Killed in Action on the 19/01/1916 (see index). 2 other brothers also served, Daniel in the Highland Light Infantry and Thomas in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 77 Coatbank St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 26/08/1914 at Le Cateaux

Enlisted

Glasgow /01/1912

Employed

Regular Soldier

Age

26

Buried / Remembered

La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial. Seine-et-Marne, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial commemorates 3,740 officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) who fell at the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne between the end of August and early October 1914 and have no known graves. The Battle of the Marne, referred to in the French press as the ‘Miracle of the Marne’, halted the month-long advance of the German forces toward Paris and decisively ended the possibility of an early German victory. The battle also marked the beginning of trench warfare as Allied and German forces entrenched during and after the Battle of the Aisne in mid-September. By November battle lines had been drawn that would remain virtually unchanged for almost four years. The British Expeditionary Force suffered almost 13,000 casualties during the Battle of the Marne, of whom some 7,000 had been killed.

Additional Information

James enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers in January 1912 and arrived at Boulogne on the 23/08/1914. His Battalion were immediately thrown into the front line as the British tried to slow down the retreat from Mons at Le Cateaux. James was killed on the first day of the battle, only 3 days after arriving in France. He was the 2nd man from Coatbridge to be killed in the war. Also remembered on the St Patricks Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for James` name on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial

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