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841318   Private James Hetherington
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/05/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 148th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 27/09/1871
Died: 27/12/1916 (Died by accident)
Age: 45
James Hetherington was born on 27th September 1871 in County Tyrone. James emigrated to Canada. James served with the 5th Royal Highland Regiment of Canada for 17 years. James was living at 362A St Antoine Street, Montreal, Quebec when he enlisted. He was working as a mason. Private James Hetherington had a brother-in-law Robert Davidson, who lived and worked as a labourer in Ballynasaggart, Ballygawley. James arrived in Ballygawley just before Christmas 1916 to stay for a week. Private Hetherington left by train on 27th December to rejoin his unit, the 148th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. Unfortunately, at Belfast railway station, Private Hetherington had exited his train on Platform 3 and was walking across the tracks to Platform 4 when he was hit by another train. He was killed instantly. Private Hetherington is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Belfast City Cemetery
  Belfast  6
Grave Ref: Grave H-290
CWGC Casualty 660815
From Dungannon take M1.Take the King's Hall exit. Proceed along Kennedy Way. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Andersonstown Rd. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Falls Rd. Destination will be on the left.
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1 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private James Hetherington
2 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of James Hetherington
3 Photo of James Hetherington's gravestone
4 Forum discussion (GWF) Indicates Private Hetherington never made it to France
5 James Hetherington Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (30 no.)
6 War-related Graves in Ulster Details of Private James W Hetherington
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