McClure, James (No. D/21116)

McClure, James

Corporal

No. D/21116, 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays)

Killed in action on Saturday 30 March 1918 (aged 28)

Buried:

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France (Grave V. D. 5)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s)

McAloran family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road

Cousin of Lance Corporal Daniel McAlorum (No. 3216)

BIOGRAPHY

James McClure was born on 17 April 1889 in Castle Street, Bangor and he was a son of John and Elizabeth (Bessie) McClure (nee McAloran, sometimes McAlorum, sometimes McIlloran) who were married on 1 August 1887 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  John McClure (aged 21) from 26 Carnalea Street, Belfast was a son of Thomas McClure, a sailor.  Elizabeth McAlorum (aged 20) from 27 Carnalea Street, Belfast was a daughter of Michael McAlorum, a labourer.

The McClure family lived in Castle Street, Bangor and also, for a time, in Belfast.

John McClure worked as a marine fireman and he and Elizabeth had at least nine children:

James (born 17 April 1889 in Castle Street, Bangor)

John (born 3 February 1891 in West Street, Bangor)

Maggie (born around 1893)

Martha (born 29 July 1897 at 14 Broadbent Street, Belfast)

Kathleen Cairns (born 14 July 1899 at 17 Fleming Street, Belfast; died 1916)

Jane (Jenny, born 28 March 1904 at 9 Castle Street, Bangor)

Alice (born 26 September 1905 in Castle Street, Bangor)

Thomas (born 1 January 1908)

Hugh (born 29 September 1909 in Castle Street, Bangor)

James McClure was baptised in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).

James McClure enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays).

Corporal James McClure (No. D/21116) was 28 when he was killed in action on 30 March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive.

His mother, Elizabeth McClure, died on 5 December 1942 (aged 75).

Corporal James McClure (No. D/21116) was buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum; in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) and on the McAloran family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road.