18-903 L/Cpl James McCoubrey, 12th Bn Royal Irish Rifles.
Born in Ballymoney, Co.Antrim in 1888, James initially enlisted in April 1915 (in Belfast), into the 18th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.
After training in Ireland, he was sent to France in mid-1916 to join the 12th Battalion of the same regiment in Belgium. James stayed in the Ypres - Armentieres area throughout his front-line service (mainly involved in routine trench holding duties).
James was killed in action on 2 June 1917 when his position (vicinity of Regent St. Dugouts, near Wijtshaete/Kemmel) was hit by about fifty 150mm shells on the day he and his comrades were due to be relieved. He is now interred in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
2 June 1917
Research by David O'Mara