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2431   2nd Lieutenant George Henry Powell
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Company, Machine Gun Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 20/01/1884
Died: 29/04/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 33
Summary      
George Henry Powell was the son of Mr. George Henry Powell M.D. and Susan McCutcheon Powell. George was born on 20th January 1884 in Nenagh, County Tipperary. Dr. Powell was the Medical Doctor in the district for 14 years before he died in 1896. Susan Powell moved to live in Cookstown after the death of her husband and was a district nurse. The 1901 census shows George Henry to be living at the Dublin Working Boys’ Home and Harding Technical School at Lord Edward Street, Dublin. He was 17 years old. He was working as a stationer. 2nd Lieutenant George Henry Powell joined the 5th Company Machine Gun Corps and was killed in action on 29th April 1917. George was 33 years old.
Further Information
George Henry Powell was the son of Mr. George Henry Powell M.D. and Susan McCutcheon Powell. George was born on 20th January 1884 in Nenagh, County Tipperary.
Dr. George Henry Powell was the Medical Doctor in Toomevara, Nenagh district for 14 years. He died September 12th 1896. in Toomevara, Nenagh,
Family: George Henry Powell (born 22 Apr 1857, died 12 Sep 1896), Susan McCutcheon Powell (born 25 Oct 1854), Charlotte Powell (born 18 Dec 1882), George Henry Powell (born 20 Jan 1884), Thomas Powell (born 21 Mar 1885, died 25 May 1885), James Powell (born 25 Jan 1887), Frances Powell (born 04 Jun 1889).
George’s mother, Mrs. Susan Powell, moved to live in Cookstown after the death of her husband.
George Henry Powell was educated in Cork.
George Powell moved to live in the Dublin Working Boys’ Home and Harding Technical School at Lord Edward Street, Dublin on the 12th November 1898. He was 14 years old. He was originally employed as a clerk working for Messrs Beckett, earning 3 shillings per week.
Dublin Working Boys’ Home and Harding Technical School Lord Edward Street, Dublin
The 1901 census shows George Henry Powell to be still living at the Dublin Working Boys’ Home and Harding Technical School at Lord Edward Street, Dublin. He was 17 years old. He was now working as a stationer.
George was not deaf, but the Dublin Working Boys' Home was mentioned on the irishdeafhistory.com website: and in the book, "The Avenue" by Rachel Pollard for the primary reason that a few male former pupils of the Claremont Institution for the Deaf were sent to Dublin Working Boys' Home for lodgings while apprenticed in Dublin.
The 1901 census shows Susan Powell living in William Street Cookstown. She was working as a district nurse. While she had indeed qualified as a practicing nurse, she had done no nursing at all from 1882, when she married Dr. Powell, until after his death in 1896.
There lies a mystery as to why Susan wound up in Cookstown. While she had indeed qualified as a practicing nurse, she had done no nursing at all from 1882, when she married Dr. Powell, until after his death in 1896. It has always been a family puzzle as to why she would have gone to Cookstown, as both her family and Dr. Powell's family were fairly well off, and there would have been no need for her to return to the nursing profession to support herself or the children. We can only assume she did so out of a dedication to the profession. But why Cookstown, so far from her own roots and the roots of her children. Additionally, it appears that the children never lived in Cookstown with her, as we've surviving family records that place the children in school in Dublin or with other family members from roughly 1897 onwards.
Burn Road, Cookstown
The 1911 census shows Susan Powell now living in the Burn Road, around the corner from William Street. She was still working as a nurse.
2nd Lieutenant George Henry Powell joined he joined the 14th London Regiment as Pte. Number 2431. George transferred to Machine Gun Corp on 24th October 1916. George had been in France from 24th November 1916.
2nd Lieutenant George Henry Powell was killed in action on 29th April 1917. George was 33 years old. The CWGC incorrectly lists him as 27 years old.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th May 1917:
Second Lieutenant George Henry Powell, Machine Gun Corps, killed in action on 29th April, was the only surviving son of the late Dr. G H Powell and Mrs Powell, Cookstown. He received a commission on 25th October 1916.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 10.
It is believed that 2nd Lieutenant George Henry Powell nor any of his brothers or sisters ever lived in Cookstown, which would explain why he is not listed on any of the local memorials.
Susan Powell appears to have died in England in 1939.
Email from Rachel Pollard, 18 June 2013
“I checked the DWBH register book and I am pleased to confirm that George Henry Powell, as mentioned in the document from the website, cookstownwardead.co.uk, was indeed a resident in the Dublin Working Boys's Home. The details are as follows: No. 745 // Date of Admission: 12th November 1898 / Name: Powell, George Henry // Age: 14. // Last Birthday: 20th January (1884) // Place of Birth: Nenagh // Where educated: Cork // Employment: Clerk // Wages: 3 shillings per week // Employer's Name: Messrs Beckett // Parents living? Mother. This person was not deaf, but the Dublin Working Boys' Home was mentioned on our website: irishdeafhistory.com and in my book, "The Avenue" for the primary reason that a few male former pupils of the Claremont Institution for the Deaf were sent to Dublin Working Boys' Home for lodgings while apprenticed in Dublin. I am not sure if there is a memorial plaque in memory of the dead soldiers/ex-residents. Many thanks for sharing the wonderful and interesting piece of history involving the "Harding". Best wishes, Rachel Pollard Researcher / Author: "The Avenue" Website: irishdeafhistory.com”
Email from C Wood, 18 June 2013
“Some of the information in the site was obviously taken from my research into the Powell family. However, there are some inaccuracies in the Further Information Section. Dr. George Powell was not survived by his 5 children, rather his son Thomas had died on 25 May 1885 at the age of just 2 months. The remaining 4 children did survive Dr. Powell. (inaccuracies corrected). What we have never been able to figure out is why Susan wound up in Cookstown. While she had indeed qualified as a practicing nurse, she had done no nursing at all from 1882, when she married Dr. Powell, until after his death in 1896. It has always been a family puzzle as to why she would have gone to Cookstown, as both her family and Dr. Powell's family were fairly well off, and there would have been no need for her to return to the nursing profession to support herself or the children. We can only assume she did so out of a dedication to the profession. But why Cookstown, so far from her own roots and the roots of her children. Additionally, it appears that the children never lived in Cookstown with her, as we've surviving family records that place the children in school in Dublin or with other family members from roughly 1897 onwards. We've also always wondered at how long Susan remained in the Cookstown area, as it appears she died in England in 1939! So, several family puzzles abound! The remaining children left no descendants themselves for us to ask!”
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Burn Road, Cookstown Cookstown Central Mother lived in Burn Road 54.646896 -6.746262
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists George Powell 1901 Census lists George as 17 boarding at house 2.2 in Lord Edward Street, Wood Quay, Dublin
2 1901 Census lists Susan Powell 1901 Census lists Susan, a distict nurse, as 40, boarding at house 41 in William St. Cookstown, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists Susan Powell 1911 Census lists Susan, a nurse, as 48, boarding at house 17 in Burn Road. Cookstown, Tyrone
4 Geneology forum Details of Sarah Powell, George's mother
5 Irish Deaf History Dublin Working Boys’ Home and Harding Technical School Lord Edward Street, Dublin
6 Irish Government Geneology Site Record of the marriage of George's parents
7 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
8 Photo of Dublin Working Boys’ Home Various photos of Dublin Working Boys’ Home
9 Powell Family Tree Lists Powell family and year of births.
10 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of 2nd Lieutenant George Henry Powell
11 The Avenue: Rachel Pollard Purchase the book, The Avenue: A History of the Claremont Institution
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2019