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7047440   Private James Wesley Trotter
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 20/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army)
Died: 07/07/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
James Wesley Trotter was the son of James B and Fanny J Trotter. He was born about 1924. Reports suggest his parents lived at Grangemore, Armagh. Private James Wesley Trotter was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, when he died on 7th July 1944. He was initially reported as wounded and missing. Private Trotter was hit by small arms fire during a mission and, at that time, it had not been possible to evacuate him from the action.
Further Information
James Wesley Trotter was the son of James B and Fanny J Trotter.
James Trotter was born about 1924.
Reports suggest his parents lived at Grangemore, Armagh.
Private James Wesley Trotter was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, when he died on 7th July 1944. He was initially reported as wounded and missing.
Private Trotter was hit by small arms fire during a mission and, at that time, it had not been possible to evacuate him from the action. Private Trotter was 20 years old.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records state his unit as 5th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, However, 5 Battalion, Parachute Battalion did not serve in Normandy.
The Royal Ulster Rifle unit history 'The Rifles are Here' record him as Rifleman James Wesley Trotter in the Roll of Honour for 1 Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. This Roll of Honour also states that he was killed while serving with the '5th Parachute Battalion'. A detail that it is assumed has been taken from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission records.
As the 5th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment did not serve in Normandy, it could be that the error in the records is a typographical error (and could have meant to state either: one of the battalions that did serve in Normandy - 7, 8, 9, 12, 13; or should have stated 5th Parachute Brigade - instead of Battalion). Alternatively, his records had been lost or damaged and it has been assumed he was serving with the Parachute Regiment.
It seems Private James Wesley Trotter should be listed as serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles (6th Airborne Division).
Private James Wesley Trotter has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 18 of the Bayeux War Memorial.
Private James Wesley Trotter is commemorated locally on Moy War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private James Wesley Trotter as the Son of James B and Fanny J Trotter of Armagh, Northern Ireland.
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1 1st Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles Details of Private James Wesley Trotter
2 Fallen Heroes of Normandy Details of James Wesley Trotter
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021