CUNCANNON, JAMES EDWARD 260086 Private 1st Battalion 87th Bde 29th Division THE BORDER REGIMENT

Born Euxton  Enlisted Leyland  Living Leyland

Died of Wounds  France / Flanders  20th November 1917

Formerly 8543 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919,’ Part 39.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 15th December 1917

Mrs Cuncannon, 129, Leyland Lane, Leyland has received information of the death from wounds received in action on November 20th, 1917 of her youngest son Pte James E. Cuncannon, Border Regiment.

Pte Cuncannon was 34 years of age and prior to enlisting he worked at Stanning’s Bleachworks. He was a regular attendant at Leyland St. Mary’s Church (photo in issue of 22nd Dec).

J. E. Cuncannon’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Mary’s Memorial, Worden Lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

James Edw. Cuncannon is buried in the:-

ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot II  Row F  Grave 5.  No next-of-kin information.

Rocquigny and Equancourt are two villages in the department of the Somme, some 13 km north of Péronne and 12 km south-east of Bapaume.

Leyland St. Mary’s Burial Register

Patrick Cuncannon, Aged 73, of 129, Leyland Lane. Died 13th April 1917 and was buried in

Leyland Parish Churchyard on April 17th. Presumably James Edward’s father.

Note 1:- The 20th of November 1917 was the opening day of the Battle of Cambrai, where the 29th Division fought in III Corps Third Army: James Edward died of wounds on the 20th.

Note 2:- Bde in the heading = Brigade.

Cuncannon, James Edward. WE Waring 2003