Private James Graham


James Graham was born on 13 February 1888 in Low Road, Lambeg, County Antrim, one of nine children of flax dresser Henry Graham and his wife  Elizabeth (née Hamilton). His father died when he was just three years old. At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 26 Meenan Street, Shankill, Belfast, with his mother and three of his four surviving siblings, and working as a general labourer.

Graham enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron at Belfast on 10 November 1914 (No. UD/131). He gave his address as 159 Old Lodge Road and his occupation as plater's helper.

On 18 December 1914 at Enniskillen he was charged with being absent without leave from 12 to 14 December, being drunk in Victoria Barracks, and improperly making use of a government warrant. He was awarded 168 days' detention, 14 days' confined to barracks, forfeit of 3 days' pay, and to pay 7s 6d for the warrant used. On 9 February 1915 he lost 7 days' pay and was confined to barracks for 14 days for being absent without leave from 2 to 9 February. On 15 March, charged with breaking out of barracks and returning drunk, he was awarded 14 days' detention and fined 2s 6d.

Graham was discharged at Enniskillen on 7 April 1915, for misconduct (paragraph 392 (xi), King's Regulations). His military conduct was recorded as 'indifferent, has been addicted to drink, and frequent acts of absence.'


This page last updated 30 March 2023.