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4811   Private James McKeown
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 10/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/03/1890
Died: 29/09/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
James McKeown was the eldest son of Patrick and Elizabeth McKeown. He was born on 13th March 1890. He was one of seven children, all born in Portadown..His family were a family of weavers. Private James McKeown was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France & Flanders on 29th September 1918. The CWGC also record Private McKeown as the husband of Teresa McKeown, of Union Place, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. It is not clear if James McKeown ever lived in the Dungannon District.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery Extension
  Bethune, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave L-11
CWGC Casualty 188540
Sailly-Labourse is a village five kilometeres south-east of Bethune on the main road to Lens (N43). A CWGC signpost can be seen on this road.
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McKeown family Lists James as age 11 living with the family at house 5 in River Lane, Portadown, County Armagh
2 1911 Census lists McKeown family Lists James as age 21 living with the family at house 79 in Obin Street, Portadown Urban, Armagh
3 Photo of Private James McKeown's gravestone
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Portadown War Memorial Private James McKeown listed under Obins Street
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James McKeown's grave can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023