JAMES & JOHN BYRNE: James died seven months after younger brother John was killed
JAMES Byrne (pictured) was born in 1892 at Tolmie, where he worked on local farms until he enlisted in 1915 at the age of 23.
After training, he joined the Sixth Battalion in Egypt where they were being reorganised after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.
Shipped to France, the battalion moved to Pozieres with the opening of the Somme Offensive in July 2016 and James was severely wounded on August 15.
Following recovery, he re-joined his unit and it was at Bullecourt that James heard of the death of his brother John at nearby Bapaume on April 14, 2017.
James’ death quickly followed, dying of wounds received at Polygon Wood on November 22, 1917.
He is buried in Brookwood Military cemetery, England. Younger brother John was born in 1889 and took part in the Gallipoli landing on April 25, 1915.
Wounded twice on Gallipoli, he re-joined the Third Battalion in France.
For his outstanding service, he was awarded the Military Medal and the Distinguished Conduct Medal, but succumbed to wounds suffered at Bapaume and died on April 14, 1917.
He is buried in Grevillers British Military Cemetery in France.