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24085   Private Andrew McCord
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/05/1898
Died: 10/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 18
Summary      
Andrew McCord was the third son of John and Mary McCord. He was born at on 9th May 1898 in the Cookstown area. John McCord was a Railway Platelayer. By the time of the 1911 census, John’s father had died. His mother still lived in Grange, but the family were no longer living together. There is a 12 year old Andrew McCord living with and working as a servant in Tullyhogue. Andrew enlisted in Cookstown about September 1915. Private Andrew McCord had gone to the Front around May 1916. Private Andrew McCord was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 10th July 1916. He was 18 years old.
Private Andrew McCord
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Andrew McCord was the son of John and Mary McCord. John McCord married Mary Dorman on 14th May 1891 in Cookstown. Andrew was their third son, born at on 9th May 1898 in the Cookstown area.
The 1901 census lists the family as living in the Grange area of Tullyhogue, near Cookstown. Andrew was two years old. John McCord was a Railway Platelayer.
By the time of the 1911 census, John’s father had died. His mother still lived in Grange, but the family were no longer living together.
There is a 12 year old Andrew McCord living with and working as a servant for the Ferguson family at house 11 in Tullyhogue, County Tyrone. It is strongly suspected that this is Andrew.
Family: John McCord, Mary McCord, John McCord (born 24th May 1894), Joseph McCord (born 28th August 1896), Andrew McCord (born 9th May 1898), Mary McCord (born 21st January 1900), Charles McCord (born 25th December 1901), Sarah McCord (born 19th March 1904, died 16th January 1907?).
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 5th June 1915: Joseph McCord (brother of Andrew McCord)
Private Joseph McCord, 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has written to his mother, Mrs McCord, Killymoon Street, Cookstown, stating that he received a shrapnel wound on the right arm on 15th May. He is now in Cambridge Hospital, and is getting on well.
Andrew McCord enlisted in Cookstown about September 1915.
Private Andrew McCord had gone to the Front around May 1916.
Private Andrew McCord was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 10th July 1916. He was 18 years old.
He was killed in the same engagement as Private William McAleece on 10th July 1916.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 16th September 1916: Cookstown Brothers Missing
Official intimation has been received by Mrs McCord, Killymoon Street, Cookstown, that two of her sons have been reported missing. Lance Corporal John McCord, Inniskilling Fusiliers, is missing since 27th August. He is 22 years of age, and had completed his seven years a few months before the war was declared. He went to France shortly afterwards, and had been in several of the heavy engagements and had escaped up to the present. Lieutenant Alan Lendrum, writing to his mother says:-
‘We were holding part of the line and your son was in charge of it with six men under him, under very heavy shell fire, the Germans sent over a small party and entered. Your son and two other men are missing, three of them must have been taken prisoners, they could not have been blown up, they could not have been blown up as none of that part was damaged in any way, and so you must not think of him in any other way than a prisoner of war. I know, of course, your grief will be extreme, but I give you my word of honour I believe him to be alive, and if he was my brother, I would write the same to my mother. I cannot express to you how we feel his loss and of the other two as well. Your son was a splendid example of what a soldier should be. Please accept in you great trial my most profound sympathy. I will of course write to you again if I hear anything. I belong to Tyrone myself.’
Private Andy McCord, who is missing since early in August, was only 18 years of age and volunteered about twelve months ago. He had been at the front four months and had escaped until now.
Another brother, Private Joseph McCord, was wounded in May 1915, and was in a hospital in Cambridge up till a few months ago, and is at present stationed in Tipperary.
By the time of his death, his mother had moved into the town and was living in Killymoon Street.
Private McCord has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 4D-5B on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Private McCord is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
Private Andrew McCord had two other brothers who served, Lance Corporal John McCord, who was feared lost, bur became a prisoner of war, and Private Joseph McCord who was wounded in May 1915 and was stationed in County Tipperary at the time of Andrew’s death.
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1 1901 Census lists McCord family 1901 census lists Andrew as age 2 living with the family at house 8 in Grange, Tullaghoge, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Andrew McCord Possible listing of Andrew as age 12 living with the Ferguson family at house 11 in Tullyhogue, County Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists McCord family Does not list Andrew as living with the family at house 17 in Grange, Tullaghoge, Tyrone
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Private William McAleece Killed in same engagement
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018