Gorman, James (No. 911)

Gorman, James


No. 911, 8th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Killed in action on Tuesday 10 October 1916 (aged 37)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Jerusalem Memorial, Israel (Panel 25)

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

Brother of Rifleman Charles Gorman (No. 7439)


In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that James Gorman was born in Newtownards.

James Gorman was born on 31 March 1879 in Front Shuttlefield, Newtownards and he was baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  James Gorman was a son of Charles and Ann Gorman (nee Fairley) who were married on 26 September 1867 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.

The Gorman family lived in Mark Street, Newtownards and at 11 Windmill Row, Newtownards.

Charles Gorman Senior worked as a weaver and he and Ann had at least five children:

Thomas (born 2 December 1868 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Eliza Jane (born 10 March 1872 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

James (born 31 March 1879 in Front Shuttlefield, Newtownards)

David (born 28 March 1882 in West Street, Newtownards)

Charles (born 26 April 1885 in West Street, Newtownards)

Their father Charles died from cancer on 5 August 1896 in Newtownards Workhouse (aged 53).  Their mother Ann died on 11 February 1901 in Newtownards Workhouse (aged 51) as the result of exhaustion from burns sustained one month and 20 days previously.

Three Gorman brothers were on active service in the Great War.  David served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 6874) and survived.  James and Charles were both killed.

James Gorman enlisted in Glasgow, he served with the 8th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and was killed in action on 10 October 1916.  He had previously served as a Rifleman (No. 5351) with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles from 1897 until 1909.

Private James Gorman (No. 911) was 37 when he died and he has no known grave.  He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial in Israel and in the PCI Roll of Honour for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  His war gratuity was paid to his brother David.