5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
15/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
Richard James McCourt was the son of James and Eliza McCourt. He was born on 17th August 1890 in the Benburb area, one of at least four children. It seems that by 1893, the family had moved to Belfast. By 1911 he was a house painter. He married in June 1914, but it seems his wife died just a few months later. Private Richard McCourt arrived in the Balkans with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 10th July 1915. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 15th August 1915.
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.