Rifleman James Neville

1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles,

Killed in Action, 9th May 1915,

Born Forkhill, Co. Armagh





James enlisted with the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Rifles at Dundalk in late 1914. Landing in France on the 21st of April 1915 as part of 25th Brigade in the 8th Division.

May 1915 saw James with his battalion preparing for the Battle of Aubers Ridge.

May 9th, 1915, the taking of Aubers Ridge marked a major loss of life for the Royal Irish Rifles in the war, wiping out almost 80 per cent of the battalion, with over 100 men dead. James Neville being one of these. He died 18 days after landing in France.

James’ body was never found. He is remembered with honour on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing.