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6976036   Fusilier Joseph Burns
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Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 19/05/1940 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
Fusilier Joseph Burns He was the son of John & Margaret Burns of Morgan's Hill Road, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. On Sunday19th May 1940 the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers were acting as part of the rear guard before the retreat to Dunkirk It is believed that Fusilier Burns was killed when the Luftwaffe carried out a bombing and strafing attack on the 1st Battalionís positions.
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Fusilier Joseph Burns He was the son of John & Margaret Burns of Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
On Sunday19th May 1940 the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers were acting as part of the rear guard before the retreat to Dunkirk and were holding a 5000 yard front, North East of Ninove near the River Dendre, in Belgium.
It is believed that Fusilier Burns was killed when the Luftwaffe carried out a bombing and strafing attack on the 1st Battalionís positions on the 19th May 1940.
He is buried at Heverlee War Cemetery, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium, and is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
"We smile with the world, but never forget
In our garden of memories, you live with us yet."
Submitted to Mid-Ulster Mail by his family, Morganís Hill Road Cookstown
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Morgans Hill Road Cookstown North Parents lived Morgans Hill Road 54.651253 -6.754560