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3585   Private James Speer
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/12/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/02/1885
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
James Speer was the eldest son of James and Catherine Speer. He was born on 10th February 1885 at Carnteel, near Aughnacloy. He was the oldest of at least four children. By 1911, James was living with his brother and sister in Mill Street, Aughnacloy. The two brothers were working as general labourers. James married Sarah Slavin. They lived in Mill Street, Aughnacloy. Private James Speer was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 16th May 1915. The CWGC refers to Private James Speers. Existing information almost certainly implies that Jamesí surname was Speer.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 1562410
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
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1 1911 Census lists Speer family Lists James as age 24 living with the family at house 43 in Mill Street, Aughnacloy Urban, Tyrone
2 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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