Tuesday, 30 July 2013

CSM James Coudy McIlwaine 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

NAME; McIlwaine, James Coudy
RANK; Company Sergeant Major
UNIT/SERVICE; 12th Battalion
REGIMENT; Royal Irish Rifles
BORN; Belfast 30th July 1891
LIVED; North Street, Carrickfergus
ENLISTED; Coleraine, 16th September 1914 aged 21
FATE; Taken prisoner of war at the Somme in July 1916, action through the war
CHURCH; Joymount Presbyterian
REMARKS; James was the son of James Snr and Annie McIlwaine and brother to John and Gilbert who also served with the 12th Battalion.  In 1901 the family are recorded as living in house 123, West Division, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim.    On 5th December 1907 McIlwaine joined Northern Bank at Head Office and from then until 1913 he worked in various bank locations in Belfast and Coleraine.  By 1911, the family have moved to 8 North Street in Carrickfergus where James is recorded as a Bank Official.  On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, McIlwaine signed the Ulster Covenant at Carrickfergus Court House.   Whilst working in Coleraine James volunteered and enlisted on 16th September 1914 with the 12th Battalion Rifles.  He joined the British Expeditionary Force and was promoted first to Lance Corporal and then to Corporal.  Service was seen in the Somme 1916 (where he was taken prisoner), Messines 1917, Ypres 1917 (Langemarck), St. Quentin 1918, Mesines 1918 (Kemmel) and then the Allied Advance 1918.   Demobilisation came in February 1918.  He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  After the war James went back to work with the Northern Bank for many years were he eventually reached the position of Assitant Chief Cashier in head office.  (Thanks go to the Northern Bank Roll of Honour for much of this detailed information) - http://northernbankwarmemorials.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/mcilwaine-james-coudy.html

1 comment:

  1. It might be James Condy McIlwaine!
    Civil Marriage
    Date of Marriage 15 May 1890
    Groom Name James MCILWAINE
    Bride Name Ann CONDY
    Church Great Victoria St Presbyterian Church
    Parish Shankill
    Civil District Belfast
    County Antrim