Lundy, James (No. 5856)

Lundy, James (alias John)

Rifleman

No. 5856, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday 18 November 1917

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Hilden National School (as John Lundy)

Hilden Glenmore and Lambeg War Memorial (as John Lundy)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Lunday.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Rifleman James Lundy (No. 5856) was born in Ballygowan, lived in Carlisle, and enlisted in Lisburn.

It is recorded in the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects that Rifleman James Lundy (No. 5856) – alias John Lundy – was a son of James Lundy.

Rifleman James Lundy (No. 5856) was born on 7 April 1898 in Ballygowan and at civil birth registration his forename was registered as John.

James Lundy (alias John Lundy) was a son of James and Mary Lundy (nee Brownlee, sometimes Brownlie) who were married on 13 May 1880 in Killyleagh Presbyterian Church.  James Lundy (aged 20), a labourer from Killinchy, was a son of Patrick Lundy, a labourer.  Mary Brownlee (aged 19) from Killyleagh was a daughter of William and Sarah Brownlee (nee Doherty).  William Brownlee was a farmer.

In their 1911 census return it is recorded that James and Mary Lundy (nee Brownlee) had fourteen children, of whom five remained alive:

James (born 6 November 1880 in Killyleagh; died 8 November 1880)

Bella (born 2 May 1882 in Killyleagh; died of phthisis 25 November 1902)

James (born 16 October 1884 in Killyleagh; died of tubercular meningitis 20 March 1895 in Ballygowan)

Patrick (born 3 January 1886 in Tullychin; died of pneumonia 9 January 1886)

Agnes (born 23 January 1887 in Ardigon; died of pneumonia 16 March 1901)

Mary (born 25 May 1889 in Killyleagh)

Annie (born 14 March 1891 in Ardigon; died 20 September 1903 of tuberculosis aged 13)

Catherine (born 18 June 1893 in Ballygowan; died of phthisis15 May 1904 aged 10)

Edward (born 20 November 1895 in Ballygowan)

John (born 7 April 1898 in Ballygowan)

Robert James (born 29 August 1899 in Magheragearey, Lisburn)

Maggie (born 18 October 1900 in Magheragearey, Lisburn; died of phthisis 26 July 1903)

Hugh (born 27 March 1903 in Magheragearey, Lisburn; died of debility 27 April 1903)

William Patrick (born 23 June 1905 in Lisnatrunk, Lambeg)

In 1911 James Lundy’s occupation was recorded as scavenger and the family’s religious denomination was recorded as Roman Catholic.

The Lundy family moved from Lisburn to Dumfries in Scotland, and it was there that Mary Lundy (nee Brownlee) died.  Mary Lundy (nee Brownlee) died of abdominal tuberculosis at 2.00 am on 18 April 1920 at 42 Loreburn Road, Dumfries.  It was noted on her death certificate that Mary was a daughter of William and Sarah Brownlee (nee Doherty), and that her son, Edward Lundy, was present with her when she died.

Edward and James (alias John) Lundy attended Hilden National School and both brothers are listed on the school’s First World War Roll of Honour – as Edward and John Lundy.  Edward Lundy survived but James (alias John) Lundy was killed.

Rifleman James (alias John) Lundy (No. 5856) served with the 6th, 5th and 1st Battalions of the Royal Irish Rifles and he was killed in action on 18 November 1917 while transporting supplies to the front line.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.  He is also commemorated on the Hilden Glenmore and Lambeg War Memorial (as John Lundy).

In most Army Pensions records his mother’s name is recorded as Mary, and his father’s name as James; in one pension record his father is named as John – possibly the result of confusion between his own given forename (John) and the forename he served under (James).