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James McAlister

Rank: Private / Guardsman
Street: Moxham Street
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Alternative Address: 10 Braemar Avenue, Filton, Gloucestershire, U.K.
Census 1901: Residing with his family at The Hill
Census 1911: Residing with his family at Moxham Street
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards
Regiment Number: 6294 (possible)
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

James was born the 3 May 1892 in Granard. 

In the 1911 Census James was working as a postman, and later joined the R.I.C., and was stationed in Co. Kildare before the outbreak of the war. Once war was declared he was one of the first 200 men to enlist in the 1st Irish Guards. 

An article in the Longford Leader from February 1916 gave an account of Cpl McAlister's time in the field. He was wounded at the Battle of Guillemont in 1916 along with Deacons, and a number of other Granard men (Longford Leader, 30 September 1916).

After the War, James moved to the UK and married Alice Maud Bacon. He passed away there 16 March 1933.


Parents Names: Son of Randal McAlister and Kate (née Casey), Moxham Street, Longford.
Notes: Acknowledgement: some of the personal information has been attained from this link:

Longford Leader, Irish Guardsmans ExperienceLongford Leader, "Fallen in the Advance"; link to Civil Record of birth; List of RIC men who joined the IG, page also mentions brother Bernard

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