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2717050   Lance Corporal James Kane
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/02/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 14/05/1911
Died: 21/02/1945 (Killed in Action)
Age: 33
Summary      
James Kane was the son of Patrick and Mary Kane. Patrick Kane was an agricultural labourer who moved around the Fivemiletown area, working for various farmers. James was born on 14th May 1911 in the Fivemiletown area. He joined the army about 1931. On 21st February 1945, the 3rd Battalion of the Irish Guards were south of Nijmegen. They attacked southwards from the village of Hassum towards Schanz. They encountered extremely strong enemy opposition and thirty seven soldiers of the battalion were killed on this day. Lance Corporal Kane was on of those killed.
Lance Corporal James Kane
Further Information
James Kane was the son of Patrick and Mary Kane. Patrick Kane and Mary McCarron were married on 10th May 1898 in the district of Dungannon.
The 1901 census lists the family as living at house 1.1 in Tullyquinn Glebe, Aghintain, County Tyrone. Patrick Kane was an agricultural labourer.
Patrick Kane was an agricultural labourer who moved around the Fivemiletown area, working for various farmers.
The 1911 census lists the family as living at house 8 in Timpany, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
James Kane was born on 14th May 1911 in the Fivemiletown area. He was one of at least four children, all born in the Fivemiletown area.
James Kane was born on 14th May 1911 in the Fivemiletown area. He was one of at least four children, all born in the Fivemiletown area.
James Kane joined the army about 1931. He enlisted in the Irish Guards and family members recall he did Guard duty at Buckingham Palace.
In World War Two, the Irish Guards fought in France, Norway, North Africa and Italy.
On 21st February 1945, the 3rd Battalion of the Irish Guards were in Germany, south of Nijmegen on the German Dutch border. They attacked southwards from the village of Hassum towards Schanz.
They encountered extremely strong enemy opposition, coming under heavy mortar and shell fire and were ordered to withdraw. Thirty seven soldiers of the 3rd Battalion were killed in action on this day.
Lance Corporal James Kane was serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 21st February 1945 in Germany.
At the time of his death his wife, Lolo Kane, lived in Clapham, London. His sister Sarah was married and living in Accrington, England.
Lance Corporal James Kane is buried in Milsbeek War Cemetery in the Netherlands.
Lance Corporal Kane is commemorated locally on Fivemiletown War Memorial.
Lance Corporal Kane is listed on pages 106 and 107 of the Fivemiletown War Dead book. The photo of Lance Corporal Kane is taken from there. Many thanks to Mark Byers, author of the Fivemiletown War Dead book, for the information and images provided.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Timpany, Fivemiletown Fivemiletown Census listing in Timpany 54.388316 -7.257145
2 Tullyquin, Fivemiletown Fivemiletown Census listing in Tullyquin 54.418473 -7.267702
3 Rahore, Fivemiletown Fivemiletown Book lists parents in Rahore 54.405552 -7.320617
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Kane family Lists family at house 1.1 in Tullyquinn Glebe, Aghintain, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Kane family Lists 'Patrick' as age 3, living with the family at house 8 in Timpany, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Lance Corporal James Kane's gravestone
4 Forum discussion (WW2 Talk) Photo of Lance Corporal James Kane's gravestone
5 Irish Guards in WW2 Photo of Lance Corporal James Kane's gravestone
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lance Corporal James Kane's gravestone can be purchased here
7 WW2 Irish Guards - War Diaries Battalion Diary from 22th February 1945
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020