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17434   Rifleman Francis Cheevers
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/08/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 27/04/1895
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Summary      
Francis Cheevers was a son of John and Sarah Cheevers of Cookstown. The family lived for a time in Killyleagh, County Down, and Francis enlisted in Downpatrick, joining the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. The 13th Battalion was raised from the ranks of the County Down Volunteers in September 1914, and after training at Clandeboye and Seaford, landed at Boulogne in October 1915. Preparations were under way for the Somme Offensive. He was killed as he attempted to cross ĎNo Manís Landí on the morning of 1st July 1916, he has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 15A-15B on the Thiepval Memorial.
Rifleman Francis Cheevers
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Francis Cheevers was the eldest son of John and Sarah Cheevers. John Cheevers married Sarah Moore about 1894.
Francis was born on 27th April 1895 in Cookstown. He was one of seven children, six surviving.
By 1900, the family had moved to Downpatrick.
The 1901 census lists Francis as age 6 at house lists Francis as age 6 at house 35 in Ballygally, Inch, Down. His father was a butcher.
The 1911 census lists Frank as age 16 at house 21 in Frederick Street Killyleagh, County Down. Frank had left school and was working as a Mill Worker Machine Boy in a Spinning Mill. His father was a butcher.
Family: John Cheevers, Sarah Cheevers, Francis Cheevers (born 27th April 1895), Mary Cheevers (born 14th July 1897), Sarah Cheevers (born 18th January 1900, died 20th January 1900), Sarah Sadie Cheevers (born 28th February 1902), Alexander Cheevers (born 1st November 1904), Robert Cheevers (born 24th October 1906), Henry Cheevers (born 4th June 1910), Richard Cheevers (born 8th December 1912).
Francis Cheevers enlisted in Downpatrick, joining the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.
Rifleman Francis Cheevers
The 13th Battalion was raised from the ranks of the County Down Volunteers in September 1914, and after training at Clandeboye and Seaford, landed at Boulogne in October 1915. Preparations were under way for the Somme Offensive.
Rifleman Frank Cheevers is believed to have been killed in action as he attempted to cross ĎNo Manís Landí on the morning of 1st July 1916. Frank was 21 years old.
Rifleman Cheevers has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 15A-15B on the Thiepval Memorial.
Rifleman Francis Cheevers is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and St.Luranís Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
Rifleman Francis Cheevers is also commemorated on Killyleagh War Memorial and Killyleagh Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
Killylea War Memorial
The CWGC record Rifleman Francis Cheevers as the son of John and Sarah Cheevers of Killyleagh, County Down.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cookstown Area Cookstown Central Born in Cookstown Area 54.645317 -6.745632
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1 1901 Census lists Cheevers family 1901 census lists Francis as age 6 at house 35 in Ballygally, Inch, Down
2 1911 Census lists Cheevers family 1911 census lists Frank as age 16 at house 21 in Frederick Street Killyleagh, Down
3 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Frank Cheevers
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here - Fracis
5 WikiMedia Photo of Killyleagh War Memorial lists Frank Cheevers
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020