MEEHAN, JAMES  94449 Private  1st/7th Battalion  165th Brigade  55th Division

THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT)

Born Leyland   Enlisted Ashton-under-Lyne   Living Shaw

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  29th September 1918

REF:  ‘Soldier’s Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part13.

James Meehan’s name does not appear on any Leyland Memorial.

Nor has a report of his death been found in any local newspaper.

Although ‘Soldiers Died’ has James Meehan as being in the 7th Battalion, presumably he was in the 1/7th Battalion (as indeed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has it) as the 7th (Isle of Man) Volunteer Battalion never served in France/Flanders but was transferred to the 3rd Cheshires becoming the 1st Manx (Service) Company. On Jan. 12th 1916 the Company joined the 2nd Cheshires and became ’A’ Company of that Battalion.

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

With no known grave, James Meehan’s name is on the:-

LOOS MEMORIAL, FRANCE

Names of the men of the King’s Liverpools are on Panels 27 to 30.

Age 21, the son of William and Mary Ellen Meehan, 6 Broadbent Terrace, Shaw.

The Loos Memorial forms the sides and back of Dud Corner Cemetery, which is located about 1 km west of the village of Loos-en-Gohelle, 5 km north-west of Lens.

Note:-  In late August 1918, the 55th Division  of which the 1/7th  King’s Liverpools was a part – was holding the Givenchy-Festubert section of the line: a section between the southern and northern wings of the British offensive, and eventually taking part in the ‘Final Offensive in Artois’, 2nd Oct.-11th Nov., 1918.

James Meehan was killed in action in heavy fighting in a part of the trenches known as Saucy Trench and Piano House in the area La Bassé-Estaires Road. Ref: ‘The Story of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division.’ The Rev. J. O. Coop, D.S.O., T.D., M.A., Service Chaplain of the Division.

Meehan, James. WE Waring 2005