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17565   Private John Parke
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/01/1898
Died: 09/09/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 18
John Park was the son of James Wilson Park and Jane Park. John Park was born on 11th January 1898 in Orritor, Cookstown. They were a large farming family. Before the war John was employed by the Midland Railway Company in Moneymore as a clerk. John Park enlisted in Cookstown, joining the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private John Park fought at the Battle of the Somme and ‘escaped without a wound.’ He was then moved to Belgium. On 8th September 1916 Private Park suffered severe shrapnel wounds to his back and abdomen and was so severely wounded that there was no hope of his recovery from the very start and he died the following day. He was just 18 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Ext (Nord)
  Bailleul, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 2-F-210
CWGC Casualty 201019
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph World War I - West Panel Cookstown
2 Orritor Presbyterian Church World War I Roll of Honour Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 174
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Park family 1901 census lists John as age 3 living with the family at house 15 in Tullycall, Oritor, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Park family 1911 census lists John as age 13 living with the family at house 4 in Craigs, Oritor, Tyrone
3 Trunk Calls Blog Photo of a Casualty Clearing Station at Outtersteene, West of Bailleul in 1916.
4 William Mitchell Another of the 3 men from the Battalion lost that day
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018