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  cap badgePrivate James Munro

1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers
Service No: 10935

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Thomas (1850-09/05/917) and Catherine Munro (1853-02/06/1926) of 77 Coatbank St, Coatbridge. They were married under the surname of Roe in St Patrick's Church on the 01/02/1879. James' brother Private John Munro born 29/12/1879 of the 12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was Killed in Action on the 19/01/1916. Three other brothers also served, Patrick in the Royal Irish Fusiliers (reported missing since the retreat at Mons. See brother John's Newspaper clipping 2), Daniel in the Highland Light Infantry and Thomas (surname Roe) in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Both survived. From the 1901 Census (James not listed) - Address - 2 Spencer St, Coatbridge - Thomas Munro aged 50, Catherine Munro aged 48, Mary Ann Munro aged 19 born 19/09/1881, Bridget Munro aged 17 (1883-10/10/1949), Thomas Munro aged 16, Daniel Munro aged 14, Patrick Munro aged 19, Alice Munro aged 10, Catherine Munro aged 5. Another daughter was Margaret Alice Munro born 02/04/1891. James' Pension was awarded to his mother Catherine on the 02/01/1917. James' mother is listed as Catherine on the Census but in the St Patrick's Roll of Honour (book) his mother is listed as Margaret.

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. See Directory for James' brother John's page. Also remembered on the St Patrick's Church Roll of Honour along with brothers Daniel and Thomas (see photos). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his listing in the Ireland Casualties WW1, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial Panel List, his name on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial x 2

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