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61888   Private William Thomas Bleeks
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Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Indian Division, Machine Gun Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 28/08/1890
Died: 17/10/1918 (Died of Illness)
Age: 28
Summary      
William Thomas Bleeks was a son of James and Elizabeth Bleeks. He was born on 28th August 1890 in the Stewartstown area. His father was an agricultural labourer. William enlisted in Dungannon, joining the Connaught Rangers, Army Number: 9457. He was subsequently transferred to the Machine-Gun Corps. In 1918, whilst William was serving in Palestine, he fell ill and was transferred to hospital in Cairo. He died of illness on Thursday 17th October 1918.
Private William Thomas Bleeks
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William Bleeks was a son of James and Elizabeth Bleeks. James Bleeks married Bessie McKnight on 14th March 1876 in the district of Cookstown.
William Thomas Bleeks was born on 28th August 1890 in the Stewartstown area.
The 1901 census lists William as age 10, living with the family at house 3 in Glebe, Stewartstown. His father was an agricultural labourer.
Possible family: James Bleeks, Lizzie Bessie Bleeks, John Bleeks (born 7th April 1877), George Bleeks (born 23rd April 1879), Lizzie Bleeks (born 1th December 1881), Catherine Bleeks (born 7th December 1883), James Bleeks (born 14th July 1886), Robert Bleeks (born 15th August 1888), William Thomas Bleeks (born 28th August 1890), Anne Bleeks (born 21st September 1892), Garves / Jennis Bleeks (male, born 12th January 1895), Margaret Bleeks (born 4th January 1897), Henry Bleeks (born 21st January 1899).
William enlisted in Dungannon, joining the Connaught Rangers, Army Number: 9457.
He was subsequently transferred to the Machine-Gun Corps.
By 1918 William was serving in Palestine where he fell ill and was transferred to hospital in Cairo.
Private William Thomas Bleeks was serving with the 3rd Indian Division of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) when he died of illness on Thursday 17th October 1918.
Private William Thomas Bleeks is buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
During the First World War, Cairo was the headquarters to the United Kingdom garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria, it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli and later in the war it dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Palestine and Egypt.
William Thomas Bleeks is commemorated on Stewartstown Cenotaph and Donaghendry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
North Street, Stewartstown
The CWGC record Private William Thomas Bleeks as the son of James and Elizabeth Bleeks of North Street, Stewartstown, County Tyrone
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Glebe, Stewartstown Stewartstown Census listing in in Glebe, Stewartstown 54.585131 -6.701583
2 North Street, Stewartstown Stewartstown CWGC lists parents in North Street 54.579112 -6.675804
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Bleeks family 1901 census lists William as age 10 at house 3 in Glebe, Stewartstown
2 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private William T Bleeks's grave can be purchased here
3 Forum discussion Brief details of Bleeks family
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Private George Bleeks Brother of Private William T Bleeks