James McCabe, Private 1500 in South Lancashire Regt

McCabe Medal card

James McCabe was from St Helens, Lancs on Keogh's notes. Casement has him as a labourer before enlistment. The following is his service record (provided we are following the right man).

This man is from around St Helens, rather than actually in St Helens - but on the other hand Keogh's attributing of place is often wrong. The actual Medal Rolls should give more information. The family can be traced to Peter McCabe, born Monaghan 1837 and his wife Margaret Mother, b 1838 in Monaghan and died Widnes 1902. They left Ireland before 1875, as their eldest child was born in Widnes then.

1895 Oct/Dec Born Simms Cross, Widnes, Lancs (Prescot 8b, 662). There is another James McCabe born Apr/Jun 1893 Prescot 8b, 792 which is a closer fit with his claim to be 18 years 5 months when enlisting 30 Jan 1912. But only one James McCabe is found in census,and fits with 1911 census man living in Prescot

1901 census living in Widnes, aged 6, with his father Peter (born Bolton, Lancs and recorded as aged 26, single and a fishmonger) and grandfather Peter McCabe aged 62 and born in Ireland. One can see them in 1891 census in Midworth St, Widnes and not found in 1881 census

1911 Census has a 17 year old James McCabe living in Prescot. As is Peter McCabe aged 35, and Peter McCabe aged 73. This would be correct for a man stating he was 18 in Jan 1912 enlisting.

This only makes sense if Peter McCabe married a Mary Quirk 1891, but he would hav had to have been 16 at the time. I rule this James out

These are certianly the two Peter McCabe in earlier census

1912 Jan 30 Attested S Lancs 5ft 6inches tall. Fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair. At Warrington. Aged 18 years 5 months. A general labourer of 28 Woodward St, Ancoats, Manchester

1913 May 29 married Margaret McCabe (nee Barnes) of St Helens (Prescot 8b, 1202). Eldest child, James, born 16 April 1915

1914 Sep 11 joined Expeditionary Force in France

1914 Oct 24 Prisoner of War (details removed from record)

1919 Jan 15 Returned to England

1919 Apr 28 Discharged, and later got a 30% disability pension for deafness. Transferred to class Z Reserve

1920 Mar 21 Discharged from Reserves

1929 his death could well be the man who died Manchester North (Apr/Jun 8d, 704) aged 35

Recruits to Irish Brigade