Sergeant James Somers

Regiment: 1st Batt. Inniskilling Fusiliers
Date published: 24/09/1915
Killed in action: No
Information: Sergeant James Somers, 1st Batt. Inniskilling Fusiliers, was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry displayed in the retaking of a trench by throwing bombs amongst the Turks from the open though exposed to heavy rifle fire. When the trench was finally captured he advanced and held back the enemy until the barricade was re-established. Sergeant Somers was in the retreat from Mons, where he received a wound from the effects of which he was in hospital for some time. He went with the 1st Inniskillings to the Dardanelles in March last and took part in the memorable landing. He was born in Belturbet, Co. Cavan, but at present his parents reside at Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary.