100 Years Ago This Weekend
We remember 3 men from Kilkenny who lost their lives 100 years ago this weekend. Co-incidentally all three were named James – James Bannan and James Smithwick both from Kilkenny City and James Cox from Thomastown.
Pte James Bannan, 79897, originally from James’ Green, Kilkenny, served with the 31st Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). He was killed in action on 06/11/1915 at the age of only 21. He was son of Joseph Cope Bannan & his wife Mary (née McElveny) and is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery in Belgium.
Lance Cpl James Cox, 9366, Royal Irish Regt died of pneumonia on 07/11/1915 at age 25. He had been seriously wounded in France and following some months in hospital got leave to visit home pneumonia set in and he died at home. He is buried in a family plot in Thomastown and remembered on the Memorial in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin.
Capt James Arnold Smithwick, 4th Bn, Royal Irish Regt died on 09/11/1915 at age 34. He was severely wounded in Oct 1914 at Le Pelly and held as a prisoner of war in Germany for 10 months before being released, initially back to hospital in London, following and exchange of prisoners. He had however contracted consumption while held prisoner and died shortly after being released back to the UK. He was son of the John Francis Smithwick, Birchfield, Kilkenny