James Connolly was born in County Down and lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and volunteered for airborne forces.
Rifleman Connolly successfully completed glider training and was posted to 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles and took part in Operation Varsity (Rhine Crossing).
Rfn Connolly was killed in action on 2 April 1945, and was given a field burial at Lengerich and was re-interred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery on 28 April 1947.
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