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11113   Private Richard Cheevers
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 06/07/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/12/1890
Died: 20/08/1914 (Died of Illness)
Age: 23
Summary      
Richard Cheevers was the third son of James and Maggie Cheevers. He was born on 22nd December 1890 in Cookstown. He was one of eight children. The family lived in Millburn Street, Cookstown. His father was a labourer. Private Cheevers was a regular soldier and was serving in India prior to the outbreak of the First World War. Private Richard Cheevers was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when it is believed he died of an illness on Thursday 20th August 1914 in India.
Further Information
Richard Cheevers was the third son of James and Maggie Cheevers. James Cheevers married Margaret Cheevers on 29th January 1886.
Richard was born on 22nd December 1890 in Cookstown. He was one of eight children.
The 1901 census lists Richard as age 10, living with the family at house 32 in Millburn Street, Cookstown. His father was a labourer.
Millburn Street, Cookstown
The 1911 census lists Richard as age 21, living with the family at house 33 in Millburn Street, Cookstown. He was a labourer.
Family: James Cheevers, Margaret Cheevers, John Cheevers (born 5th December 1886), James Cheevers (born 31st October 1888), Richard Cheevers (born 22nd December 1890), Thomas Cheevers (born 20th May 1893), Elizabeth Cheevers (born 5th March 1896), Hugh Cheevers (born 10th December 1898), Frances Cheevers (born 29th October 1902), William Cheevers (born 17th August 1906).
Richard Cheevers enlisted in Cookstown.
Private Cheevers was a regular soldier and was serving in India prior to the outbreak of the First World War.
Private Richard Cheevers was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when it is believed he died of an illness on Thursday 20th August 1914 in India. His battalion didnít leave India until October 1914.
Private Richard Cheevers was buried in Quetta Government Cemetery 2166, close to where he was stationed.
Quite a lot of graves in India and Pakistan are no longer maintained by CWGC and Private Chambers is commemorated on Delhi Memorial, India, commonly referred to as India Gate.
Private Richard Cheevers is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and on St. Luranís Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
The CWGC record Private Richard Cheevers as the son of James and Maggie Cheevers, of Waterloo Place, Cookstown, County Tyrone. He is listed as being buried in Quetta Government Cemetery 2166.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Millburn Street Cookstown North Census listing at Millburn Street 54.650457 -6.745718
2 Waterloo Place Cookstown North Lived at Waterloo Place 54.651583 -6.745525
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1 1901 Census lists Cheevers family 1901 census lists Richard as age 10 living with the family at house 32 in Millburn Street, Cookstown
2 1911 Census lists 'Shivers' family 1911 census lists Richard as age 21 living with the family at house 33 in Millbourn Street, Cookstown, Tyrone
3 Flickr - Quetta Government cemetery Photos of Quetta Government Cemetery
4 Forum discussion (GWF) Brief details on Private Richard Cheevers
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project No memorial photo
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018