Monday, 2 September 2013

Sapper James William McAuley - Canadian Engineers. Knockagh Carrickfergus

Remembering today: Sapper James William McAuley - 503035 - Canadian Engineers. Born Woodburn Carrickfergus 1880, died today 1917 aged 37.

James was the son of William and Mary Jane McAuley and brother of Thomas, Charles, William, Robert, George and Annie Jane. He grew up on his father's farm around the Knockagh area of Woodburn in Carrickfergus.

He left Carrickfergus in 1910 to travel to Canada in search of adventure and employment. When war broke out in 1914 he enlisted with the Canadian Army and joined the Engineers.

He was presumably injured on active service and returned to military hospital in Canada where he eventually died of his injuries. He is buried in Kingston (Cataraqui) Cemetery, Ontario Canada location Mil. range 3. Sec. G. 11. (Pictured) 

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