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476327   Corporal James Lucas M.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 16/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Fort Garry Horse (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/02/1893
Died: 09/04/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 25
Summary      
James Lucas was the son of Charles and Mary Lucas of Castlecaulfield. He was born on 1st February 1893 in Dungannon. James emigrated to Canada. James Lucas enlisted on 7th October 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was 22 years old and single. He names his father Charles as his next of kin. Corporal James Lucas was awarded the Military Medal. Corporal James Lucas was serving with the Fort Garry Horse when he died on April 9, 1918, aged 25.
Further Information
James Lucas was the son of Charles and Mary Lucas of Castlecaulfield. He was born on 1st February 1893 in Dungannon.
The 1901 census records as an 8 year old schoolboy. Charles was a farmer. The family was living at Killyliss, Castlecaulfield.
By the time of the 1911 census, James was no longer living with the family, who were still living at Killyliss, Castlecaulfield.
Family: Charles Lucas, Mary Lucas, William Lucas (born about 1882), James Lucas (born about 1893), Charles Lucas (born about 1895), Anne Lucas (born about 1899), Samuel Lucas (born about 1901), Robert J Lucas (born about 1903), Priscilla Lucas (born about 1906), David Lucas (born about 1911).
James emigrated to Canada where he worked as a coachman.
James Lucas Attestation Paper - page 1
James Lucas Attestation Paper - page 2
James Lucas enlisted on 7th October 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was 22 years old and single. He names his father Charles as his next of kin.
Corporal James Lucas was awarded the Military Medal.
Corporal James Lucas was serving with the Fort Garry Horse when he was wounded. While undergoing an operation and he died of gas inflection on 9th April 9, 1918 at No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France. He was 25 years old.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Corporal Lucas M.M. died of wounds on 9th April 1918 at No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 25 April 1918:
Charles and Mrs Lucas of Killyliss, Dungannon, have received official notice that their second son, corporal James Lucas, of the 34th Regiment, Fort Garry Horse, who volunteered in Winnipeg, Canada after the outbreak of the war and has been for the past two years on active service in France, was wounded and died of gas inflection while undergoing an operation on 9th April at No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France, and was buried with military honours. His parents are grateful that everything possible was done to try and save his life, both by doctors, nurses and chaplain, but contrary to all expectations he passed away without regaining consciousness. Mr and Mrs Lucas also wish to thank their friends for their kind expressions of sympathy.
Corporal J Lucas M.M. is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.
James Lucas is also commemorated on the family plot on their headstone in Castlecaulfield:
Their son Cpl. James Lucas F.C.H. died 9th April 1918, aged 25 years
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Killyliss Castlecaulfield Census listing in Killyliss 54.492377 -6.829562
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Lucas family Lists James as age 8 living with the family at house 3 in Killyliss, Castlecaulfield
2 1911 Census lists Lucas family Does not list James as living with the family at house 11 in Killyliss, Castlecaulfield
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Corporal James Lucas M.M.
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of James Lucas
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Corporal James Lucas M.M.'s death
6 James Lucas Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (54 no.)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2018