James Kay Pirret Service Number 8/3140 2nd Lieutenant King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 11th Battalion
James was born in 1894 of parents James and Christina Pirret. They had 4 children namely John Lawson, James, William and Kathleen. They lived at 43 Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast.
James was initially employed with Messrs. McCue, Dick and Co. before enlisting in November 1914. James was regular in his attendance at McQuiston and decided to become a Christian at the Torreey-Alexander Mission. (Further details are included below).
James embarked for France on 5 October 1915 and was killed in action on 4 April 1917 whilst leading his platoon in an attack on a village. He is buried at Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, France.
James’ older brother John also served as a sergeant with the Army Service Corps in Egypt and survived the war. Another brother Private W Pirret served with the Canadian Railroad Construction Company.
James’ name is included on the Presbyterian Roll of Honour.