McCaul, James Charles (No. 7011358)

McCaul, James Charles (James)

Lance Corporal

No. 7011358, 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Died of wounds on Wednesday 19 June 1940 (aged 25)

Buried:

Shorne (St. Peter and St. Paul) Churchyard, Kent, England (SE of Church)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt McCall and in others McCaull.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Lance Corporal James Charles McCaul (No. 7011358) was a son of James Charles McCaul and Mary McCaul; the husband of Gwendolyn McCaul of Ash Vale, Surrey and he was 28 when he died.

The death of Lance Corporal James Charles McCaul (No. 7011358) was reported in the 29 June 1940 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and it was noted that he was a son of Mrs John McLean of Ballycastle Road, Ballyblack, Newtownards; his wife and three children lived in England and his sister Minnie lived at 74 Jamison Street, Belfast.

Mrs John McLean’s name was Jessie McLean (formerly McCaul, nee Norris).  Two of Jessie’s stepsons – Corporal James McLean and Sergeant William McLean – died during the Second World War.

Lance Corporal James Charles McCaul (No. 7011358) was born on 25 February 1915 at 5 Douglas Street, Belfast and he was a son of James Charles McCaul and Jessie McCaul (nee Norris).

James Charles McCaul and Jessie Norris were married on 18 November 1912 in St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast.  James Charles McCaul (aged 22), a dock labourer from 12 Ship Street, Belfast, was a son of Charles and Sarah McCaul (nee Neill).  Jessie Norris (aged 21) from 28 Nelson Street, Belfast was a daughter of Henry (Harry) Norris, a dealer.  Jessie’s brother, Private Thomas Norris (No. 23066), was killed in action during the First World War.

Charles McCaul and Sarah Neill were married on 4 February 1875 in St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Church, Newry.  Charles McCaul, a butcher from North Street, Newry, was a son of Charles McCaul, a butcher.  Sarah Neill (aged 17) from Gowan Street, Newry (she was born in Liverpool) was a daughter of George Neill, a sailor.  In 1901 Charles McCaul, his wife Sarah McCaul (nee Neill) and their three sons, James Charles (born in Ireland), George (born in Barrow-in-Furness) and Henry (born in Ireland) were living in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.  In 1911 the McCaul family was living at 6 Glentoran Street, Belfast.

James Charles McCaul and Jessie McCaul (nee Norris) had at least two children:

James Charles (born 25 February 1915 at 5 Douglas Street, Belfast; died of wounds 19 June 1940)

Mary Ann (Minnie, born 4 May 1917 at 35 Constance Street, Belfast)

James Charles McCaul who died in the Second World War married Gwendolyn Burnige and their marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1934 in Gravesend, Kent.

James Charles and Gwendolyn McCaul (nee Burnige) had three children:

James Charles (birth registered in the fourth quarter of 1934 in Gravesend)

Ivor S. (birth registered in the third quarter of 1936 in Gravesend)

Tanya P. (birth registered in the third quarter of 1939 in Strood, Kent)

During the Second World War Lance Corporal James Charles McCaul (No. 7011358) served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles and on 19 June 1940 he died of wounds (three days after D-Day, on 9 June 1940, the 2nd Battalion took Cambes Wood and then held it).

Lance Corporal James Charles McCaul’s death was registered in the second quarter of 1940 in Watford, Hertfordshire and he was buried in Shorne (St. Peter and St. Paul) Churchyard, Kent.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

WE LOVED HIM DEARLY:

OUR LOVE SHALL NOT DIE

Lance Corporal James Charles McCaul (No. 7011358) is commemorated in Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church. He was a son of James Charles and Jessie McCaul (nee Norris) and a grandson of Charles and Sarah McCaul (nee Neill).