Poag, James Stevenson (No. 7170)

Poag, James Stevenson (James)

Lance Corporal

No. 7170, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Friday 23 October 1914 (aged 26)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Le Touret Memorial, France (Panel 42 and 43)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Belfast Corporation Memorial Plaque (in Belfast City Hall)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Pogue and in the CWGC Debt of Honour website his second forename is spelt Stevinson.

James Stevenson Poag was born on 5 February 1888 at 4 Concord Street, Belfast and he was a son of Robert and Rachel Poag (nee Stevenson) who were married on 22 April 1887 in Berry Street Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Robert Poag was a son of John Poag, a shoemaker, and Rachel Stevenson was a daughter of James Stevenson, a seaman.

The Poag family lived at 4 Concord Street, Belfast; at 4 Mackay Street, Belfast; at 4 Michael Street, Belfast and at 21 and 64 Upper Meadow Street, Belfast.

Robert Poag worked as a tailor and he and Rachel had at least nine children:

James Stevenson (born 5 February 1888 at 4 Concord Street, Belfast)

Helena (born 17 November 1889 at 4 Mackay Street, Belfast)

Robert (born 12 February 1891 at 4 Michael Street, Belfast)

Mary Jane (born 28 April 1892 at 4 Michael Street, Belfast)

Ellen Stevenson (born 24 January 1894 at 21 Upper Meadow Street, Belfast)

William (Willie, born 11 July 1895)

John (born prematurely 28 January 1897 at 64 Upper Meadow Street, Belfast; died 29 January 1897)

Emma Crowe (born 3 October 1898 at 64 Upper Meadow Street, Belfast; died of bronchitis 21 November 1898)

Isaac Walker (born 14 March 1900 at 64 Upper Meadow Street, Belfast)

Rachel Poag died in a diabetic coma at 2 Lucerne, Downshire Road, Belfast on 8 September 1913 (aged 52).

When James Poag left school he worked as a messenger and later he worked as a Tram Driver for the Belfast City Tramway.  He and Mary (Minnie) Killen were married on 9 December 1912 in Cregagh Presbyterian Church.  Minnie Killen was a daughter of John Killen, a seaman.

James Poag enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 7th Brigade of the 3rd Division.

Lance Corporal James Stevenson Poag was 26 when he was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on 23 October 1914 during heavy bombardment by the enemy.  At that time his wife Mary was living at 3 William Street, Donaghadee.

Lance Corporal James Stevenson Poag has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France; in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 431) as is his brother Robert who served as a Bombardier (No. 32049) in the Royal Garrison Artillery and who was killed in action on 5 September 1916.

Lance Corporal James Poag is also commemorated on the Belfast Corporation Memorial Plaque (in Belfast City Hall) listing employees who lost their lives in the Great War.