JAMES & JOHN BYRNE: James died seven months af­ter younger brother John was killed

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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