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Photograph of James McLoughlin Damaged Prayer book Small Crucifix
James McLoughlin (1895-1966) from Kilcorney, Enfield, County Meath, Ireland enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery, British Army, in Dublin on 3 November 1915 and served as a Corporal on the Western Front from 1916-18. He was wounded in action in March 1917 and carried a piece of shrapnel in his head for the rest of his life. He remained in the British army until June 1922 when he was serving with Q Coast Battery in Cork. The only surviving material from his war service is a crucifix and prayerbook which he had with him in France. The prayerbook shows the signs of shrapnel damage. He enlisted in the newly formed Irish Free State army in July 1922 retiring as Director of Artillery in 1955.