James King

Rifleman James King died on 28th October 1943 as 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles launched an attack on a hilltop town over the Trigno River in Italy.


James King


Rifleman James King of Moira, Co. Down served in 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles during an unsuccessful attack on the town of San-Salvo on 27th-28th October 1943.

Rifleman James King (7020155) served in 2nd Battalion The London Irish Rifles, Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. He was the son of David King and Isabella King of Moira, Co. Down.

He died on 28th October 1943 aged 21 years old. 38th (Irish) Brigade arrived in Termoli, met with artillery fire on 5th October 1943. Attacking to the north, they were successful in taking positions over the next couple of weeks. On 19th October 1943, 2nd London Irish Rifles launched an attack on Petacciato Ridge which gave them a position over the Trigno River.

On the night of 27th October 1943, they launched an attack from this base on the hilltop town of San-Salvo. 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles lead the charge. They encountered still German resistance and both battalions suffered losses. After this unsuccessful attack, 2nd London Irish Rifles withdrew from the front line to rest and recuperate.

James King’s grave is in Collective Grave XIII, D, 1-7 of Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy. His name in on the Lisburn War Memorial, Co. Antrim. His headstone bears the inscription:

On his soul, Sweet Jesus have mercy. RIP.

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