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8172   Private John Arbuthnot
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 31/07/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
Summary      
John Arbuthnot was the son of William Arbuthnot. He was born in Stewartstown, County Tyrone about 1888. John enlisted in Dungannon. Private John Arbuthnot was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at the Battle of Festubert on Sunday 16th May 1915. The CWGC record Private John Arbuthnot as the son of William Arbuthnot of Creamery Row, Newmills, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
Further Information
John Arbuthnot was the son of William Arbuthnot. He was born in Stewartstown, County Tyrone about 1888.
John Arbuthnot enlisted in Dungannon.
On 15th May 1915, on the eve of the Battle of Festubert, the 2nd Battalion of the Inniskillings were preparing an attack at night as recent daylight attacks had failed to gain any ground.
Private John Arbuthnot was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Sunday 16th May 1915.
In the aftermath of the night attack, battalion casualties were high. 240 men were killed, including local men, John Arbuthnot, James Hamilton, Edward Lavery, Robert Lawless, James Lawlor, Patrick Taylor, James Owens, Alex McIlree and Michael Lawn (who died of his wounds on 17th May 1915).
Private John Arbuthnot has no known grave and is commemorated Le Touret Memorial in France.
Private Arbuthnot is also commemorated on Dungannon War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private John Arbuthnot as the son of William Arbuthnot of Creamery Row, Newmills, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Stewartstown Stewartstown Born Stewartstown 54.574685 -6.678183
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1 Dungannon War Dead Also listed on Dungannon War Dead
2 Ireland's Memorial Records 1914-18 page 41 John Arbuthnot, born Stewartstown
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018