James Kane was the son of Patrick and Mary Kane. Patrick Kane was an agricultural labourer who moved around the Fivemiletown area, working for various farmers. James was born on 14th May 1911 in the Fivemiletown area. He joined the army about 1931. On 21st February 1945, the 3rd Battalion of the Irish Guards were south of Nijmegen. They attacked southwards from the village of Hassum towards Schanz. They encountered extremely strong enemy opposition and thirty seven soldiers of the battalion were killed on this day. Lance Corporal Kane was on of those killed.