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18158   Private Edward Magee
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 16/02/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 21/11/1881
Died: 10/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
Summary      
Edward Magee was born in Portadown and lived at Milburn Street, Cookstown, with his wife Roseanne and their two boys, William and Joseph. He came to Cookstown to work at Wilsonís Mill. He enlisted in the army in February 1915 and was subsequently wounded in action at Gallipoli. While recovering from his wounds he was allowed home on leave to see his family before going back to active service. He was killed in Action on 10th March 1918 in Palestine.
Further Information
Edward Magee was the son of Edward and Mary A Magee. Edward Magee and Mary Clayton were married on 28th February 1865 in the district of Craigavon.
Edward Magee was born on 21st November 1881 in Portadown. He was one of at least six children.
Known family 1: Edward Magee, Mary A Magee, John Magee (born 31st May 1871), Patrick Magee (born about 1875), Frances Magee (born 18th January 1877), Edward Magee (born 21st November 1881), Margaret Magee (born 18th November 1884), Mary Ann Magee (born 24th March 1889).
The 1901 census lists Edward as age 18, living with the family at house 23 in Curran Street, Portadown. Edward was a fowl butcher. His father was a sawyer.
The 1911 census lists Edward as age 25, living with the family at house 13 in Curran Street, Portadown, County Armagh. Edward was a labourer. He was not married. His father was a sawyer.
Edward Magee and Rose Anne Devlin were married on 17th January 1914 in the district of Craigavon.
Edward enlisted in Portadown in February 1915.
Their first son, William, was born on 17th May 1915 in Portadown.
When he wrote his Last Will and Testament on 13th August 1915, his wife was living at 16 William Street, Portadown.
Private Edward Magee was wounded in action at Gallipoli.
While recovering from his wounds he was allowed home on leave to see his family before going back to active service.
The family lived at Milburn Street, Cookstown for a time.
Edward came to Cookstown to work at Wilsonís Mill.???
Their second son, Joseph, was born on 13th December 1917 in Cookstown.
Family 2: Edward Magee, Rose Anne Magee, William Magee (born 17th May 1915, Portadown), Joseph Magee (born 13th December 1917, Cookstown).
Private Edward Magee was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Sunday 10th March 1918 in Egypt.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1918:
ďHe leaves behind an aching heart,
That loved him very dear;
A heart that will never forget
His memory written here.
Oh! Never, never, can we part
For in my heart thou dost remain,
Iíll cherish him within my heart,
Till we united, meet again.
Forget him! No, I never will
As years roll on, I love him still.
On his soul, Sweet Jesus, have mercy.Ē
Submitted for publication (Mid-Ulster Mail, 1918) by his wife Roseanne
Last Will and Testament of Private Edward Magee dated 13th August 1915:
In the event of my death, I leave the whole of my property and money to my wife, Mrs Rose A Magee, 16 William Street, Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland. Signed Private 18158, Edward Magee, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers. D Company.
Private Edward Magee has no known grave and is commemorated on Jerusalem War Memorial in Israel.
Private Magee is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and Portadown War Memorial.
Curran Street, Portadown War Memorial
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Millburn Street Cookstown North Lived in Millburn Street 54.650007 -6.745452
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Magee Family Lists Edward as age 18 living with the family at house 23.2 in Curran Street, Portadown Urban, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists Magee Family Lists Edward as age 25 living with the family at house 13.2 in Curran Street, Portadown Urban, Armagh
3 A Call to Arms, Portadown and the Great War Book can be purchased here
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Edward Magee
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Edward Magee's memorial CANNOT be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018