Gilmour, James (No. 17721)

Gilmour, James


No. 17721, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday, 16 August 1917 (aged 22)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 & 162 to 162A & 163A)

Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour


In some records his surname is spelt Gilmer and in others Gilmore.

James Gilmour was born on 9 May 1895 in the townland of Ballydavey and he was a son of Hamilton Gilmour and Mary Gilmour (nee McMullan) who were married on 26 February 1889 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.

The Gilmour family lived at Bertha Row, Rockport, Craigavad

Hamilton Gilmour worked as a labourer and he and Mary had at least six children:

Ann Jane (born 13 August 1889 in Ballyrobert)

Mary (born 15 January 1891 in Ballysallagh)

Hamilton (born 1 March 1892 in Ballymullan)

Anabella (born 27 February 1894 in Ballyrobert)

James (born 9 May 1895 in Ballydavey)

William (born 12 June 1897 in Ballyrobert)

James Gilmour enlisted in Holywood, served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on 16 August 1917 at the Battle of Langemarck.

Rifleman James Gilmour was 22 when he died and he has no known grave.

Rifleman James Gilmour is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium; on the Memorial Plaque in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 217).