McMaster, James (No. 6978240)

McMaster, James

Fusilier

No. 6978240, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Died in service between Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 November 1943 (aged 24)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Athens Memorial, Greece (Face 7)

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that James McMaster was a son of Thomas and Maud McMaster of Ballydrain, Co. Down.  The townland of Ballydrain lies between Comber and Killinchy.

James McMaster was born on 29 December 1918 in the townland of Tullybroom, Clogher, Co. Tyrone and he was baptised on 22 January 1919.  The McMaster family also lived at different times in the townlands of Eskernabrogue and Eskermore, Co. Tyrone.  James McMaster was a son of Thomas and Maud McMaster (nee Gair, sometimes Girr).  Thomas (Tom) McMaster worked as a labourer and he and Maud Gair were married on 27 October 1910 in St. Mark’s Church of Ireland Church, Augher, Co. Tyrone.  Six months later Maud was working as a domestic servant for brothers Robert and John Smyth who farmed in the townland of Tullyvernan, Clogher.  Thomas and Maud McMaster had at least four children:

Mary (born 12 December 1911)

Twins Edith and Florence (born 23 July 1914)

James (born 29 December 1918).

During the Second World War James McMaster served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers and he was 24 when he died on 15/16 November 1943 on the Greek island of Leros.  The Battalion was captured there by German Forces and Fusilier James McMaster is commemorated on the Athens Memorial in Greece.