James Corcoran was the son of James and Hannah Corcoran, of Sunderland, County Durham; and husband of Mary Corcoran, of Grangetown, Sunderland.
Corcoran enlisted in the Royal Artillery (RA) and later served with 2nd (Oban) Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery RA.
He volunteered for parachute duties and attended a short course for airlanding personnel, which started at RAF Ringway on 20 October 1942. He qualified as an airlanding parachutist by completing four descents.
L/Sgt Corcoran died, while on active service in the Italian campaign, on 3 October 1943, aged 31 years, and is now buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy.
Headstone photograph courtesy of Bob Hilton.
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