Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
ff
27475   Private Francis McManus
Save as PDF
Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/02/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 31/05/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 25
Summary      
Francis McManus was born Pomeroy about 1891. He enlisted in Dungannon prior to the war on 15th November 1913, in the Special Reserve of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was living in Pomeroy at the time. Private McManus also served for a time with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers (No. 21324). Private Francis McManus was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds on Wednesday 31st May 1916. He was 25 years old. In his Will, Francis McManus left all to his uncle, Neal Conway, who lived at Lime Hill, Pomeroy.
Further Information
Francis McManus was born Pomeroy about 1891, although no record can be found on GRONI.
Francis enlisted in Dungannon prior to the war on 15th November 1913, in the Special Reserve of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was living in Pomeroy at the time.
Private McManus also served for a time with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers (No. 21324).
Private Francis McManus was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds on Wednesday 31st May 1916. He was 25 years old.
The 7th Inniskillings lost 13 other men throughout the month of May 1916. 7 men were listed as killed in action and 6 men listed as died of wounds, 4 of those men were formerly of other regiments. After the enemy attack of 27th April 1916, the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was almost at half its normal strength.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 1st July 1916:
Newspaper Report
Private Francis McManus, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who is reported to have died of wounds, was a native of Pomeroy district of Kildress parish. He was twenty-six years of age, and had enlisted in Dungannon on 15th November 1913, in the special reserve of the Inniskilling Fusiliers.
In his Will, Francis McManus left all to his uncle, Neal Conway, who lived at Lime Hill, Pomeroy.
Last Will and Testament of Private Francis McManus, dated 12th March 1916:
Francis McManus : Handwritten Will
Francis McManus : Will Information
In the event of my death I leave the whole of my property to my uncle Neal Conway, Lime Hill, County Tyrone. Signed Francis McManus 27475. Date 12th March 1916
Private Francis McManus is buried in Philosophe British Military Cemetery, Mazingarbe in France.
Read more
Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Pomeroy area Pomeroy Lived in Pomeroy area 54.593406 -6.926512
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 1901 Census lists Neal Conway Uncle of Francis McManus, will beneficary
2 1911 Census lists Neal Conway Uncle of Francis McManus, will beneficary
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Francis McManus
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Francis McManus' grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2019