9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
James McLaren was the son of Alexander and Isabella McLaren. James was born in Drumakilly, Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone about 1883. James McLaren enlisted in Omagh. He was living in Sixmilecross at the time. Corporal James McLaren was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was 33 years old. The CWGC record Corporal James McLaren as the son of Alexander and Isabella McLaren, of Main Street, Augher, County Tyrone. As with many who died on the Somme in those first days, Corporal McLaren has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"