McCully, James (No. 17321)

McCully, James


No. 17321, 1st/5th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Died of disease on Monday 11 November 1918 (aged 21)


Liege (Robermont) Cemetery, Belgium (Grave 38)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial


James McCully was born on 22nd August 1898 (from Prisoner-of-War records) in Coxhoe, Co Durham and he was a son of William and Charlotte McCully (nee Dowding) who lived in Church Street, Coxhoe.

William McCully came originally from Newtownards and he worked as a coal miner in County Durham.  He and Charlotte had at least four children:

David Dowding (born around 1894/1895)

James (born 22nd August 1898)

Margaret (born around 1898/1899; in 1919 she was living at 41 Little Francis Street, Newtownards)

Sarah (born around 1900/1901)

Their mother, Charlotte McCully, died in 1902 (aged 37).

In 1911 William McCully (aged 49) and James McCully (aged 14) were living in Kelloe, Co Durham and working in a coalmine – William as a storeman and James as a pony driver.

James McCully was living in Kelloe, Co Durham when he enlisted at Deaf Hill Colliery.  He served with the Yorkshire Regiment and was deployed to France with 10th Battalion in September 1915.  He also served with the 12th and 5th Battalions.

Private James McCully (No. 17321) was 21 when he died on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918.  He died of disease in a German hospital for prisoners at Liege, which the German called Luttich. He was buried in the Robermont Cemetery at Liege in Belgium.

At the time of Private James McCully’s death, his widowed father William was living at 2 Ella’s Villas, Bangor Road, Newtownards.

Private James McCully (No. 17321) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial where his surname is spelt McCulley and is listed out of alphabetical order.