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4226   Private James Conroy
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/06/1894
Died: 19/08/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
Summary      
James Conroy was the eldest son of Patrick and Margaret Conroy. He was born on 13th June 1894 in Ballymacelory, County Tyrone. He was the second of seven children, all born in the area north of Ballygawley. They were a farming family. James Conroy enlisted in Omagh. Private James Conroy was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Engineers when he died of wounds near Ypres, Belgium on Sunday 19th August 1917.
Further Information
James Conroy was the eldest son of Patrick and Margaret Conroy. Patrick Conroy and Margaret McCart were married about 1891.
James was born on 13th June 1894 in Ballymacelory, County Tyrone. He was the second of seven children, all born in the area north of Ballygawley.
The 1901 census records James as 6 years old. He was at school. His father Patrick was a farm labourer. The family lived house 37 in Ramackan, Sixmilecross, Tyrone.
Family: Patrick Conroy, Maggie Conroy, Maggie Conroy (born 31st March 1892), James Conroy (born 13th June 1894), Francis Conroy (born 28th January 1897), Mary Conroy (born 29th April 1899), Sarah Ann Conroy (born about 1905), Bridget Conroy (born 14th June 1908).
The 1911 census shows James Conroy as 17 years old. He was now working as a farm servant for the McAnulty family in Garvaghey, Errigal, Tyrone.
James Conroy enlisted in Omagh.
Medal card
Private James Conroy was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Engineers when he died of wounds near Ypres, Belgium on Sunday 19th August 1917.
Last Will and Testament of Private James Conroy dated 22nd May 1917:
In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to Mr Francis Conroy, brother, of Cloughfin, Sixmilecross, County Tyrone. 4226 Private, 3rd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Private James Conroy is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3. Brandhoek lies six miles west of Ypres.
Private James Conroy's headstone
Private James Conroy's headstone
Private James Conroy's 'Death Penny' (Memorial Plaque)
The CWGC records James as the son of Pat and Margaret Conroy, of Tulluglush, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballymacelory Ballygawley Born in Ballymacelory 54.47722 -7.072649
2 Ramackan, Sixmilecross Ballygawley Census listing in Ramackan 54.557805 -7.122404
3 Garvaghy, Errigal Ballygawley Census listing in Garvaghy, Errigal 54.48389 -7.13182
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1 1901 Census lists Conroy Family Lists James as age 6, living with the family at house 37 in Ramackan, Six Mile Cross, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Conroy Family Does not list James as living with the family at house 12 in Mullaghslin Glebe, Mullaghslin, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists James Conroy Lists James as age 17, working as a farm servant at house 20 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Tyrone
4 FindAGrave.com Photo of James Conroy''s headstone
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private James Conroy
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James Conroy's grave can be purchased here
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