McCann, James (No. 2943)

McCann, James

Lance Corporal

No. 2943, 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 20)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B)

Family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard

Castleton Presbyterian Church (now Alexandra Presbyterian Church)

Harland and Wolff Queen’s Island War Memorial

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

James McCann was born on 4 July 1895 at 16 Carnalea Street, Belfast and he was a son of William and Mary McCann (nee Bunting) who were married on 10 March 1877 in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee.  William McCann from New Row, Donaghadee was a son of James McCann, a labourer.  Mary Bunting from Shore Street, Donaghadee was a daughter of Robert Bunting, a fisherman.

The McCann family lived in Donaghadee before moving to Belfast where they lived in Carnalea Street, Seaview Street, Glasgow Street and Ritchie Street

William McCann was a seaman and he and Mary had at least ten children including:

Andrew (born 29 June 1879 in Mount Street, Donaghadee)

Annie (born 3 January 1881 in New Row, Donaghadee; died of hydrocephalus 29 June 1882)

Matilda Jane (born 13 February 1884 in Shore Street, Donaghadee)

William (born 5 March 1886 in Shore Street, Donaghadee)

Annie (born 1 September 1888 in Shore Street, Donaghadee)

Francis Ernest (born 28 April 1891)

Robert (born 26 May 1893 at 16 Carnalea Street, Belfast; died of typhoid fever at 56 Seaview Street, Belfast 10 June 1900)

James (born 4 July 1895 at 16 Carnalea Street, Belfast)

Elizabeth (born 26 June 1899 at 16 Carnalea Street, Belfast)

Four of the McCann children were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee.

Before he enlisted in Belfast, James worked as a riveter’s boy in the shipyard.  He served with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 87th Brigade of the 29th Division and he was 20 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Lance Corporal James McCann (No. 2943) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on the family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard; in Castleton Presbyterian Church (now Alexandra Presbyterian Church); on the Harland and Wolff Queen’s Island War Memorial and in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour.

James’s father, William McCann, died on 24 November 1926 (aged 72) and his mother, Mary McCann, died on 18 March 1950 (aged 94).  They were buried in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard.