Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
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Location
Region : Thiepval, Somme, France
Latitude : 50.050612
Lontitude : 2.685553
CWGC Link : 80800
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.

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Cookstown Casualties
No     Rank Name Service No Regiment / Service Date Of Death Grave Ref
1 Pte. Brown M.M., George 9237 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 21/11/1916 Panel 4D-5B
2 Portrait L/Corp Campbell, William John 16290 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
3 Portrait Portrait R/man Cheevers, Francis 17434 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
4 Pte. Clark, William 20760 Royal Scots Fusiliers 27/12/1916 Panel 3C
5 Portrait 2nd Lieut Cooney, Charles Richard Royal Dublin Fusiliers 09/10/1916 Panel 16C
6 Portrait Pte. Curran, Samuel J 24193 Machine Gun Corps 21/11/1916 Panel 5C-12C
7 Portrait Pte. Darragh, Thomas 3731 Connaught Rangers 03/09/1916 Panel 15A
8 Pte. Donaghy, Francis 24764 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
9 Portrait Pte. Donaldson, John 3853 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 23/11/1916 Panel 4D-5B
10 Portrait Portrait Pte. Donnelly, Samuel 27220 Royal Scots 01/07/1916 Panel 6D-7D
11 R/man Donnelly, Frederick 14512 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
12 Portrait L/Corp Eyre, Charles 15511 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
13 Portrait Portrait R/man Faulkner, John 6329 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
14 Portrait Portrait R/man Fulton, Robert 1157 Royal Irish Rifles 02/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
15 Portrait Portrait Corp Glendinning, David 1290 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
16 Lieut Glenn, Cecil William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 28/01/1917 Panel 4C-5C
17 R/man Graham, Thomas John 6500 Royal Irish Rifles 16/12/1917 Panel 15A-15B
18 R/man Greer, William John 3645 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
19 Pte. Hamilton, George 19308 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Adendda Panel
20 Pte. Hamilton, William Joshua 19977 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
21 Portrait Able Seaman Hannon, Malachy Clyde Z/3809 Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve 13/11/1916 Panel MR-21
22 Pte. Jeffrey, Thomas 17812 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
23 Portrait Lieut Kennedy, Thomas James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 09/09/1916 Panel 4D-5B
24 Pte. Lavery, John 13411 Durham Light Infantry 01/07/1916 Panel 14A-15C
25 L/Corp Lennox, Francis John 18090 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
26 Portrait Pte. Mallon, Edward 21164 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
27 Pte. McAleece, William 10534 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 10/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
28 Portrait L/Corp McAleece, James 6794 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
29 Pte. McConnell, Wilson 20773 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
30 Portrait Portrait Pte. McCord, Andrew 24085 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 10/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
31 Portrait Pte. McGall, Joseph 24271 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
32 Portrait Portrait Pte. McGookin, William 17806 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
33 Pte. McKenna, John 27927 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 23/11/1915 Panel 4D-5B
34 Pte. McKeown, Hugh 28205 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 28/01/1917 Panel 4D-5B
35 Pte. McLernon, Alexander 19304 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
36 Pte. McWilliams, Michael 23065 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 09/09/1916 Panel 4D-5B
37 L/Sgt Miller, Robert James 13322 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
38 Portrait 2nd Lieut Morrison, Albert Victor Royal Scots Fusiliers 30/07/1916 Panel 3C
39 Portrait Corp Ramsay, John 11676 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
40 Pte. Smyth, James 16318 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel Addenda
41 Portrait Pte. Teaney, William 16559 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 06/02/1917 Panel 4D-5B
42 Portrait Corp Thom, William Nathaniel 16320 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
43 Portrait Pte. Timoney, John 22764 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 11/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
44 Portrait Corp Wilkinson, Jacob 13585 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Panel 4D-5B
45 R/man Wright, Robert James 4679 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Panel 15A-15B
46 Portrait Pte. Wylie, Andrew 23/548 Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish) 01/07/1916 Panel 10b-10c-10d
Cemetery History
On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance.
Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained.
At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter.
In the spring of 1917, the German forces fell back to their newly prepared defences, the Hindenburg Line, and there were no further significant engagements in the Somme sector until the Germans mounted their major offensive in March 1918.
The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.
The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.
The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 1 August 1932 (originally scheduled for 16 May but due to the death of French President Doumer the ceremony was postponed until August). The dead of other Commonwealth countries, who died on the Somme and have no known graves, are commemorated on national memorials elsewhere.