Cardy, James (No. 4/7078)

Cardy, James (Jim)

Lance Corporal

No. 4/7078, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Friday 10 December 1915 (aged 29)


Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece (Grave III. E. 11)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s)

Brother of Rifleman William Cardy (No. 6751)


James Cardy was born around 1890 in Mark Street Newtownards and he was a son of William and Jane Cardy (nee Turbit, sometimes Torbit) who were married on 16 March 1875 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  William Cardy from Mark Street, Newtownards was a son of John Cardy, a weaver.  Jane Turbit from Frederick Street, Newtownards was a daughter of William Turbit, a miner.

The Cardy family lived at 115 Mark Street, Newtownards.

William Cardy Senior worked as a linen weaver and he and Jane had ten children including:

Unnamed Male Child (born 20 April 1875 in Frederick Street, Newtownards)

Jane (born 4 February 1877 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Mary (born 19 October 1882 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

William (born 25 July 1885 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Alexander (Sandy, born 17 March 1888 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

James (born around 1890)

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 22 September 1893 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Ellen Garrett (born 19 April 1898 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Wm John (born around 1899)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War James Cardy worked as a tenter (he tended machinery) in the Ards Weaving Company Newtownards.  He and Isabella (Bella) McCamley were married on 30 May 1913 in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.  Isabella McCamley (aged 18) from Bangor was a daughter of George McCamley, a labourer.

James and Isabella Cardy (nee McCamley) had two children:

Eveline (born 22 December 1913 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

James (born 5 May 1915 in Thomas’s Street, Newtownards)

James Cardy enlisted in Newtownards, he joined the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and in August 1915 he went to Gallipoli with the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 29th Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division.

Lance Corporal James Cardy served in the Machine Gun Section of the Battalion and went from Gallipoli to Salonika in October 1915.  In late November and early December 1915 the 6th Rifles were holding a line on Kosturino Ridge near Lake Dorian.  Conditions were dreadful; in the bitter cold uniforms froze solid and some soldiers died of hypothermia.  Jim Cardy was wounded and he died of wounds on 10 December 1915.

At the time of his death Lance Corporal James Cardy had three brothers, two brothers-in-law and two nephews on active service.  Four months later, on 27 April 1916, James Cardy’s brother William was killed in action.

James Cardy’s widow Bella and their two young children, the younger of whom was only seven months old, lived at 10 Thomas’s Street, Newtownards.  Bella placed a Killed in Action notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

We do not know, we cannot tell, what pain he had to bear

Peace perfect peace

Jim Cardy is named on the Roll of Honour in Regent Street Methodist Church Newtownards as having served.

James’s brother, Sandy Cardy, died on Remembrance Sunday 1935 (aged 47).

Lance Corporal James Cardy (No. 4/7078) was buried in Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).