2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
James Phelan was born about 1884 in Tyrone. James Phelan and Mary Wright were married on 15th July 1908 in the district of Cookstown. They went on to have at least four children. Private Phelan was a reserve man and finished his time, but when war was declared he volunteered again. Private James Phelan served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the war. He came through the first twelve months at the front unscathed.