Private James Shannon


James Shannon was born on 16 March 1894 at Kilmakee, Templepatrick, County Antrim, the seventh of eight children of farmer James Shannon and his wife Mary Jane (née Gorman). Soon after, the family moved to Belfast, where James (senior) worked as a carter. By the time of the 1911 Census they were living at Shankill Road, Belfast, James (junior) working as a grocer's assistant.

Shannon enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 28 or 29 April 1915 (No.1500 – later Corps of Hussars No. 71407). He embarked for France between 1916 and 1918, possibly with E Squadron on 11 January 1916.

Shannon remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 8 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

After the war Shannon returned to his home at 316 Shankill Road. On 7 February 1925 he emigrated to Canada.