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61888   Private William Thomas Bleeks
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Indian Division, Machine Gun Corps (British Army)
Died: 17/10/1918 (Died of Illness)
Age: 28
William Thomas Bleeks was born in Stewartstown and was a son of James and Elizabeth Bleeks, of North Street, Stewartstown. He enlisted in Dungannon, joining the Connaught Rangers. He was subsequently transferred to the Machine-Gun Corps and by 1918 was serving in Palestine where he and died on 17th October 1918 and is interred in Row O, Grave 322 in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial
  , Cairo
Grave Ref: Grave O-322
CWGC Casualty 112174
This cemetery is within the Old Cairo cemetery area, which is situated approximately 5 kilometres south east of the centre of Cairo. The cemetery area is on the south side of the road Salah Salem, which runs west/east from the River Nile towards the green park area approximately 2 kilometres beyond and eventually towards the Citadel. The cemetery is surrounded by a high wall and the double entrance gates are along Sharia Abu Safein. This road is parallel with the railway line which runs south from Cairo main station and both railway and Sharia Abu Safein cross over the main road. Access up to Sharia Abu Safein is by using the northside ramp above the main road underpass, on the east side of the railway.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Donaghendry Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour WWI Stewartstown
2 Stewartstown Cenotaph -- WWI Stewartstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 290
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Bleeks family 1901 census lists William as age 10 at house 3 in Glebe, Stewartstown