Private James Charles O’Byrne

Thank you to Margaret Dennis for the following research.

Private in the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) 11th Battalion – Service number G/702. Died 21st October 1915.

James Charles O’Byrne was born in Capel, Dorking circa 1878. His family lived in Knowle St, Capel. His father James was a gardener from Ireland, and his mother Alice was from Hertfordshire. James was the eldest of 12 children. (source 1891 Census)

1901 Census records him in HM Prison Llanbeblig, Caernarvon, N Wales.

In 1904 James Charles married Elizabeth Emma Bexley, a widow aged 32. James was then aged 28, working as a cellarman. The wedding was in Mitcham and the couple lived in Leonard Rd, Lonesome, Mitcham.

By 1911 James and Elizabeth had a daughter Mary Kathleen 6, and a son Brendan Patrick 4. They lived in Downs Rd Sutton and James was an attendant at the nearby L.C.C. Asylum.

Enlisted in London as a Private in the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) 11th Battalion – Service number G/702.

Died 21st October 1915 of wounds sustained in action. His grave is in Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France Plot M 13.

Brother of Miss Marie Teresa O’Byrne, of 22, Vernon Rd., Sutton, Surrey.

Born                            Capel, Surrey

Son of                          James and Alice O’Byrne of Knowle Street, Capel

Regiment                     11th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment)
Number                        G/702

Date of Death              21st October 1915
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death            Died of Wounds

Age                              37

Cemetery                    Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France