Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
ff
Location
Region : Cookstown, Co Tyrone, N Ireland
Latitude : 54.63876
Lontitude : -6.752506
CWGC Link : CWGC
Cookstown New Cemetery is situated at the junction of Cemetery Road and Westland Road South, Cookstown. Cookstown New Cemetery is also known as Westland Rd Cemetery and Forthill Cemetery.

View Full Screen in Google Maps
Cookstown Casualties
No     Rank Name Service No Regiment / Service Date Of Death Grave Ref
1 Portrait Fusilier Artt, Andrew 7046163 Royal Irish Fusiliers 01/11/1941
2 Portrait POA Bayne, Alan Miller Cameron FX76845 Royal Navy 17/02/1943
3 Portrait Pte. Blair, Robert 8092 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 08/04/1915 J 1491
4 Portrait Sgt. Burns, Joseph John 3066 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 07/08/1920 J. 1513.
5 Portrait Portrait Sgt. Freeburn, Alexander Henry 1670597 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 22/05/1944
6 Portrait Sgt. Neill, William 6972028 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 22/04/1945 Sect A, Grave 709
7 Portrait Portrait Fusilier Purvis, Victor George 6985550 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 03/06/1942
8 Sgt. Taylor, William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 20/01/1915
Cemetery History
Cookstown New Cemetery is situated at the junction of Cemetery Road and Westland Road South, Cookstown. Cookstown New Cemetery is also known as Westland Rd Cemetery and sometimes erroneously as Forthill Cemetery.
The cemetery appears (OSNI maps) to have been opened around the early 1900s possibly after World War I, but no precise date can be give by the local council. A “new” Roman Catholic Grave section borders it, opened later, possibly after World War II.
Forthill Cemetery lies to the east, further along Cemetery Road. The first burial in this cemetery was on 16th February 1986
This site provides Cookstown with a significant area of open land. Of particular importance is the rath and its tree circle, which is not only of archaeological interest but also provides a visual focus for the west of the town. The remains of Chapel Road, which provides a pedestrian link to the main street, is included in the LLPA. The pedestrian link was improved in 1998.
There are 2 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 5 of the 1939-1945 war here.
There is also one other casualty, William Taylor. He does not have a commonwealth war grave