Graham, James (No. 231684)

Graham, James


No. 12/6517, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to

No. 231684, 311th Home Service Works Company, Labour Corps

Died of disease on Sunday, 15 August 1920 (aged 52)


Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave 3. 30)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


James Graham and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Montgomery were married on 20 January 1890 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church. James Graham, a plasterer from Newtownards, was a son of James Graham, a plasterer.  Lizzie Montgomery, a mill-worker from Newtownards, was a daughter of John Montgomery, a labourer.

The Graham family lived in Regent Street, Newtownards and then at 33 Balfour Place, Mark Street, Newtownards.

James and Lizzie Graham (nee Montgomery) had six children:

James (born 9 January 1891 in Regent Street, Newtownards)

John Milliken (born 19 December 1892 in Regent Street, Newtownards; died of bronchitis 22 August 1893)

Sarah Jane (born 5 August 1894 in Regent Street, Newtownards; died of congestion of the lungs 11 August 1894)

Mary Ann (born 9 July 1895 in Regent Street, Newtownards; died of consumption 16 January 1901)

Margaret (born 7 January 1898 in Regent Street, Newtownards; died of meningitis 14 August 1900)

Mary Ann (born 11 January 1902 in Balfour Place, Newtownards)

James Graham worked as a plasterer and, during the Great War, he served as a Rifleman (No. 12/6517) with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division before being transferred to the Labour Corps (No. 231684).

Rifleman James Graham survived the war but died of uraemic hydronephrosis in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast on 15 August 1920 and was buried the following day in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone: