Luiet. James IGNATIUS Joachim MCCORKELL

Male 1895 - 1918


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  • Name  Luiet. James IGNATIUS Joachim MCCORKELL 
    Title  Luiet. 
    Born  21 Mar 1895  Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Aug 1918, K.I.A.  Roye, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Aug 1918  Bouchoir New British Cemetery, Somme, France. grave II.B.57. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I00022  McCORKELL
    Last Modified  23 Jul 2013 

    Father  Patrick Joseph MCCORKELL,   b. 27 Oct 1854, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1933, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary O'DONNELL,   b. 16 Oct 1854, Mara Township, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1928, Brechin, Ont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Feb 1877  St. Columbkille's Church, Uptergrove, Mara Twp. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F00003  Group Sheet

    Family  Mazo Cecelia PROCTOR,   b. 28 Sep 1891, Beaverton, 1654295, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1982 
    Family ID  F00007  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 

    • from the Veteran's section of www.ramarahistoryonline.web:
      McCORKELL James Ignatius: he enlisted October 13, 1915, as a Lieutenant of the 116th (Ontario County) Infantry Battalion. He was a school teacher in Atherley, Mara S.S. #5, from 1913 to 1915. While training in Canada, he served as a recruiter for the 116th, his name appears on the Attestation papers of several Mara & Rama recruits. Born in Mara, in 1895, a son of Patrick Joseph McCorkell & Mary O'Donnell. Just prior to his departure overseas, Lieutenant McCorkell, was married to Cecilia Proctor, in December 1916. He had obtained a Captaincy, but in order to get into action quicker, he reverted to the rank of Lieutenant. He was killed in action, August 12, 1918, at the age of 23, and is buried in Bouchoir New British Cemetery, Somme, France. grave II.B.57. The stone reads, 'Lieut. J. I. J. McCorkell, 116th Battalion Canadian Infantry/12th August 1918 Age 23/Greater love than this no man hath/that he lay down his life for his friends'. His name also appears in the 'Roll of Honour of the Ontario Teachers who served in the Great War 1914-1918' published by Ryerson Press: 1922. His name is listed on the Mara Cenotaph, located in front of the Brechin Legion, 4th Concession, Brechin. (photo in WW1 album)

      Aug. 22. 1918- Orillia Packet & Times--Lieut. I. J. McCorkell Killed

      The first death reported among the Orillia soldiers, as the result of the British offensive, was that of Lieut. Ignatius J. McCorkell, who was killed in action on August 12th. Though not a resident of the town, Lieut. McCorkell had spent so much of his time here, for three years as a student at the Collegiate Institute, and for two years while teaching at Atherley, that he was widely known and very popular. He tried to enlist in the University company which went to reinforce the Princess Pats in the early days of the war, but was rejected on account of his eyes. However, he succeeded in getting into the Ontario County Battalion in October, 1915, and took an active part in recruiting both it and the second battalion. He did not succeed in getting overseas till April, 1917. Four months previously, in December, 1916, he was married to Miss Cecelia Proctor of Beaverton, a niece of Mrs. A. G. Cavana, Orillia. Besides his parents, Lieut. McCorkell is survived by four brothers and four sisters--Peter McCorkell of Superior, Wisconsin; Vincent McCorkell, St. Paul, Minnesota; John McCorkell of Udney; the Rev. E. J. McCorkell, of St. Michael's College, Toronto; Mrs. D. O'Donnell, Mrs. R. Gettings, and Mrs. H. McLaughlin, of Udney, and Mrs. J. O'Leary of Seattle, Washington. Lieut. McCorkell, who was just 23 years of age, was just at the opening of what promised to be a bright career. Had he returned it was his intention to enter the profession of law, and to that end he became articled at Osgoode Hall. He has given his life in a great cause, and his memory will long remain green.


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