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5867   Private Joseph Sloan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 31/05/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 21/05/1881
Died: 02/11/1914 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 33
Summary      
Joseph Sloan was a son of George and Elizabeth Sloan. Joseph Sloan was born on 21st May 1881 at Grange, Cookstown. Around 1904, when he was 23, he left for Scotland and worked in Coatbridge. Joseph Sloan joined the Royal Scottish Fusiliers and was on the Reserve. He was called up when war was declared and left Scotland for the continent in September 1914. He was wounded on 21st October 1914. He was transferred to Cork a week later. Private Joseph Sloan was serving with the D Company, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers when he died of wounds at Cork Military on Monday 2nd November 1914.
Private Joseph Sloan
Further Information
Joseph Sloan was a son of George and Elizabeth Sloan. George Sloan and Elizabeth Wilson were married on 10th November 1857 in the district of Cookstown.
Joseph Sloan was born on 21st May 1881 at Grange, Cookstown. He was the youngest of at least six known children.
Known family: George Sloan, Elizabeth Sloan, Unknown female (born 13th January 1864), Thomas Sloan (born 28th July 1870), Ellen Sloan (born 20th May), George Sloan (born 8th July 1876), Joseph Sloan (born 21st May 1881).
The 1901 census has a possible listing of Joseph as age 20, living with sister at house 87 in Church St, Cookstown. He was a carter.
Around 1904, when he was 23, he left for Scotland and worked in Coatbridge.
Joseph Sloan joined the Royal Scottish Fusiliers and was on the Reserve.
Joseph Sloan was called up when war was declared. His regiment left Scotland for the continent about 10th September 1914.
Private Joseph Sloan was in the fighting line almost continuously until he was wounded on 21st October 1914.
Private Sloan was moved to Cork Military Hospital a week later,
His sister, Mrs Cheevers, of Tullycoll, Cookstown, had a number of letters from the Chaplain of the hospital, Reverend J H Murphy, telling her of Joseph’s condition.
Private Joseph Sloan was serving with the D Company, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers when he died of wounds at Cork Military on Monday 2nd November 1914. He was 33 years old
Reverend J H Murphy conducted the funeral service on 3rd November 1914.
Private Sloane was not married and left two sisters, one of whom was Mrs Cheevers, and one brother.
News of his death from wounds was received with shock in Coatbridge where he was fondly remembered. He was an active member of East United Free Church and was well known and held in high esteem in Coatbridge where he was a prominent player with Summerlee Britannia Football Club.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 14th November 1914:
SLOANE – 2nd November, at the Military Hospital, Cork, the result of wounds received in France on 21st October, Joseph Sloane, 5867, Private, D company, Royal Scottish Fusiliers, Interred in Cork
Now the labourer’s task is over
Now the battle day has passed
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last
Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave me now Thy servant sleeping.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 14th November 1914: Private Joseph Sloane
Joseph Sloane was born in Grange, Cookstown about 1882. About ten years ago he left for Scotland and worked in Coatbridge. He joined the Royal Scottish Fusiliers some years ago and was on the Reserve, and was called up when war was declared. His regiment left Scotland for the Continent about 10th September, and he was in the fighting line almost continuously till he was wounded on 21st October, and he arrived in Cork a week later, and was tended in the Military Hospital there until his death on 2nd November. His sister, Mrs Cheevers, Tullycoll, Cookstown, had several letters from the Presbyterian chaplain, Rev J H Murphy, D.D., as to the patient’s condition during the time he was in Cork. Dr Murphy conducted the funeral service on 3rd November. Private Sloane was unmarried and leaves two sisters (one of whom is married) and one brother.
Private Joseph Sloan is buried in Cork Military Cemetery Park and is commemorated on the Screen Wall.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 4th November 1916:
SLOAN – In loving memory of my dear brother, Private Joseph Sloan, who received wounds in France, and died in Cork Military Hospital on 2nd November 1914.
‘Oh dear brother, your battle is over;
Your duty on earth is done;
You fought for liberty and honour
And the prize of life you won.
At your country’s call you answered;
Nor feared to meet the foe,
My King and country need me
And we would not say ‘Don’t Go’
So now though our hearts are breaking,
And our tears of anguish flow,
We say with pride, ‘For his King he died,’
Who would not have it so?’
Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law, Mr and Mrs Cheevers, Tullycoll, Cookstown
Joseph Sloan is commemorated locally on Cookstown Cenotaph and on St Luran’s Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
The CWGC record Private Joseph Sloan as the son of George and Eliza Sloan of Cookstown, County Tyrone
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Grange, Cookstown Tullyhogue Parents lived in Grange, Cookstown 54.618356 -6.720024
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists a Joseph Sloan Possible listing of Joseph as age 20, living with sister at house 87 in Church St, Cookstown
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
3 Scottish Military Research Group Coatbridge War Memorial - Photos of panels
4 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Joseph Sloan
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Joseph Sloan's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018