Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
Coagh - Those That Served
184039   Private James Norris
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Dated added: 20/04/2019
Last updated: 29/05/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service:
89th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth:
08/03/1887
Died:
 (Survived The War)
Age:
Summary
James Norris was listed on Panel Two of the World War One memorial in Coagh Orange Hall to those who served. He was the eldest son of Robert and Margaret Norris. He was born on 8th March 1887 in Tamlaghtmore, County Tyrone. His father was a National School teacher. James emigrated to Canada. Prior to enlisting, James worked as a teamster. Private James Norris served with the 89th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Further Information
James Norris was listed on Panel Two of the World War One memorial in Coagh Orange Hall to those who served.
James Norris was the eldest son of Robert and Margaret Norris. Robert Henry Norris and Margaret McQuiston were married on 15th January 1885 in the district of Cookstown.
James John Norris was born on 8th March 1887 in Tamlaghtmore, County Tyrone. He was the second of three children.
Family: Robert Henry Norris, Margaret Norris, Mary Martha Norris (born 1st October 1885), John James Norris (born 8th March 1887), Robert Norris (born 25th March 1888, died 5th April 1888).
His younger brother Robert died a week after he was born. His mother died two months later on 1st June 1888, aged 23. James was a year old.
His father was a National School teacher. He remarried ten years later.
Robert Norris and Kate Hamilton were married on 18th March 1898 in the district of Cookstown.
The 1901 census lists John James as age 14, living with the family at house 18 in Tamlaghtmore, Killycolpy Ė between Stewartstown and Coagh. James was still at school.
Robert and Kate Norris had three children.
Family: Robert Henry Norris, Kate Norris, Kate Norris (born 2nd January 1903), Joseph George Norris (born 14th February 1904), Winifred Norris (born 19th July 1906).
Remarkably, Robertís second wife died just two months after giving birth to their third child. Kate Norris was 30 years old.
The 1911 census does not list James as living with the step-family at house 7 in Tamlaghtmore.
Itís possible that by 1911 he had already emigrated to Canada.
Prior to enlisting, James worked as a teamster.
James Norris enlisted on 22nd December 1915 at Calgary. H listed his next of kin as his cousin, John Norris, who was living in Trail, British Columbia, Canada.
Private James Norris served with the 89th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force,
A document from May 1916 states that both his father and mother were dead.
The limited documentation may imply he deserted after the war, although this needs more research.
There was a Robert Henry Norris, also from Tamlaghtmore, who also served with the Canadians and died in the war. He is commemorated in Stewartstown. Itís suspected he was a cousin of James Norris.
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Relevant Coagh Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Tamlaghtmore, Killycolpy Killycolpy Census listing in Tamlaghtmore, Killycolpy 54.602411 -6.615152
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Norris family Lists John James as age 14, living with the family at house 18 in Tamlaghtmore, Killycolpy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Norris family Does notlist James as living with the step-family at house 7 in Tamlaghtmore, Killycolpy, Tyrone
3 C.E.F. - 89th Battalion Lists James - cousin of John who lived in Trail, British Columbia
4 James Norris Attestation Papers Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers includes dob
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