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  cap badgePrivate James McKeown

1st/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment
Service No: 24232

James McKeown grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Catherine McKeown. All 3 brothers enlisted on the outbreak of war. James' 2 younger brothers also fell. Private William McKeown of the 1st Battalion Black Watch was Killed in Action on the 09/05/1915 and Private Francis McKeown of the Labour Corps who died on the 21/02/1919 in hospital in London. He is NOT commemorated on the Memorial. Another brother Lance Corporal Andrew McKeown (6488) of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders survived the war. From the 1901 Census - Address - 16 F3 East Stewart St, Coatbridge - John McKeown aged 35, Catherine McKeown aged 34, James McKeown aged 11, Francis McKeown aged 6, William J McKeown aged 4, boarders Michael McSherry aged 39, Stephen McSherry aged 14, Michael McSherry aged 12. James' Pension was awarded to his mother Catherine.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 319 Main St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 03/10/1918

Enlisted

Glasgow

Employed

Labourer in the Clyde Tube Works

Age

26 / DOB - 21/06/1892

Buried / Remembered

Montbrehain British Cemetery (B. 28), Aisne, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Montbrehain village was taken on the 3rd October, 1918, by three battalions of the Sherwood Foresters of the 46th Division, but it could not be held at the time; it was finally captured by the 21st and 24th Australian Infantry Battalions two days later. This cemetery contains the graves of 89 casualties of the First World War, nine of which are unidentified.

Additional Information

James was Killed in Action at the Battle of Ramicourt during the 3rd Battle of Ypres which is ironic as his younger brother William fell at 2nd Battle of Ypres over almost the same ground as James. James originally enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry (23427) before transferring to the North Staffordshire Regiment. See directory for James' brother William's page. All 3 brothers are remembered on the St Patrick's Church (book) and Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, James' Pension Record, his previous Regiment the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and the North Staffordshire Regiment Cap Badge.

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