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16431   Private James Watson Hetherington
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/05/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 23/03/1884
Died: 03/06/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 32
James Watson Hetherington was the oldest son of James and Jane Hetherington of Killyman Street, Moy, County Tyrone. James was born on 23rd March 1884 in Moy, Tyrone. The 1901 census records James as living with the family at Killyman Street, Moy. His father had died. James Hetherington was a 17 year old Apprentice Black Smith. James enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers for one year. James emigrated to Canada where he worked as a labourer. James Hetherington enlisted on 18th September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec. He was 30 years old and single. Private James Watson Hetherington was with the 7th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)when he died on 3rd June 1916, age 32.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Sp Mem H-2
CWGC Casualty 489862
Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) is located 2 Kms south-east of Ieper town centre, on the Komenseweg, a road connecting Ieper to Komen (N336). From Ieper town centre the Komenseweg is located via the Rijselsestraat, through the Rijselpoort (Lille Gate) and crossing the Ieper ring road, towards Armentieres and Lille. The road name then changes to Rijselseweg. 1 Km along the Rijselseweg lies the left hand turning onto Komenseweg. The cemetery itself is located 1.2 Kms along the Komenseweg on the right hand side of the road.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
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1 1901 Census lists Hetherington family Lists James as age 17, an apprentice blacksmith, living with the family at house 16 in Killyman St, Moy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Hetherington family Does not list James as living with the family at house 21 in Killyman St, Moy, Tyrone
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private James Watson Hetherington
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Newspaper cutting relating to George Hadden
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private James Watson Hetherington's death
6 Photo of Private James W Hetherington's grave
7 James W Hetherington Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (46 no.)
8 Sydney Watchman newspaper Poem by Private Hetherington
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James W Hetherington's grave can be purchased here
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