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In early December 2014 we received an email from descendants in Canada of the family of 1562 Private James McIlwee. Private McIlwee enlisted into the 1st Reinforcements on 16 April 1915 and sailed on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915. He was killed in action on 30 August 1918 as one of the members of a party detailed to recover the body of 2055 Corporal John Ignatius Mooney from the banks of the Somme River, after an unsuccessful attempt to cross the river the previous night.

The family is now attempting to find any further information and any photographs which they will forward for uploading on this site.


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