McCoy, William James (No. 2734)

McCoy, William James (William)

Lance Corporal

No. 2734, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 19)


Pozieres British Cemetery, France (Grave IV. U. 9)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

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

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards


William James McCoy was born on 18 October 1896 in the townland of Cornacarrow, Co Monaghan and he was a son of James and Ellen McCoy (nee Pearson, sometimes Parson) who were married on 26 September 1887 in Grange Parish Church of Ireland Church, Co Armagh.  James McCoy, a labourer from Drummondmore was a son of Thomas McCoy, a labourer.  Ellen Pearson, a servant and a minor from Drummondmore, was a daughter of William Pearson, a labourer.

The McCoy family lived in County Fermanagh, County Tyrone, County Monaghan and County Down.

James McCoy worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Ellen had at least nine children including:

Lilly (born 12 July 1888 in Thomastown, Co Fermanagh)

Ellen (born 25 May 1890 in Tonagh, Co Fermanagh)

Margaret (born 11 May 1892 in Crilly, Co Tyrone)

William James (born 18 October 1896 in Cornacarrow, Co Monaghan)

Martha (Meta, born 9 May 1899 in Gallinagh, Co Monaghan)

Sarah Jane (Sadie, born 18 March 1902 in Corlatt, Co Monaghan)

Thomas John (born 11 October 1905 in Scarva, Co Down)

Mary Elizabeth (born 6 November 1910 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards; baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards)

In 1911 William James McCoy (aged 14) was working as a quarry labourer in Newtownards.  He enlisted in Belfast and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Lance Corporal William James McCoy (No. 2734) was 19 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he was buried in Pozieres British Cemetery.  He is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.