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16/04/2017 The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Corporal Lucas M.M. died of wounds on 9th April 1918 at No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France.
16/04/2017 Corporal J Lucas M.M. is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.
30/12/2015 James Lucas is also commemorated on the family plot on their headstone in Castlecaulfield:
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records as an 8 year old schoolboy. Charles was a farmer. The family was living at Killyliss, Castlecaulfield.
30/12/2015 By the time of the 1911 census, James was no longer living with the family, who were still living at Killyliss, Castlecaulfield.
30/12/2015 Family: Charles Lucas, Mary Lucas, William Lucas (born about 1882), James Lucas (born about 1893), Charles Lucas (born about 1895), Anne Lucas (born about 1899), Samuel Lucas (born about 1901), Robert J Lucas (born about 1903), Priscilla Lucas (born about 1906), David Lucas (born about 1911).
30/12/2015 James emigrated to Canada where he worked as a coachman.
30/12/2015 James Lucas enlisted on 7th October 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was 22 years old and single. He names his father Charles as his next of kin.
30/12/2015 Corporal James Lucas was awarded the Military Medal.
30/12/2015 Corporal James Lucas was serving with the Fort Garry Horse when he was wounded. While undergoing an operation and he died of gas inflection on 9th April 9, 1918 at No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France. He was 25 years old.
30/12/2015 James Lucas was the son of Charles and Mary Lucas of Castlecaulfield. He was born on 1st February 1893 in Dungannon.
30/12/2015 Their son Cpl. James Lucas F.C.H. died 9th April 1918, aged 25 years
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 25 April 1918:
30/12/2015 Charles and Mrs Lucas of Killyliss, Dungannon, have received official notice that their second son, corporal James Lucas, of the 34th Regiment, Fort Garry Horse, who volunteered in Winnipeg, Canada after the outbreak of the war and has been for the past two years on active service in France, was wounded and died of gas inflection while undergoing an operation on 9th April at No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France, and was buried with military honours. His parents are grateful that everything possible was done to try and save his life, both by doctors, nurses and chaplain, but contrary to all expectations he passed away without regaining consciousness. Mr and Mrs Lucas also wish to thank their friends for their kind expressions of sympathy.
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