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In Memory of

Private James Branan

22382
2nd/5th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Killed in Action 25th May 1918 Age 21

Private James Branan was the son of James and Mary Branan of 20, Grafton Street, Earlestown.

The obituary, published in the NEG on 7th June 1918, refers to Pte. J. Brennan, with an 'e' and two 'n's. He worked for Mr. H. Walton and at the Sugar Works. He was in the army for about two years.

According to a letter published in the obituary, James was killed when he was hit by a piece of shell, six other soldiers being wounded at the same time.

He is buried in Couin New British Cemetery, in Grave F 10. Couin is a village 15 kilometres east of Doullens, Pas-de-Calais. According to the CWGC, the cemetery "was used by field ambulances from January 1917 (with a long interval in 1917-18) to the end of the war. It now contains 360 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and two German war graves."