Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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15/01/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd May 1942:
15/01/2020 He died as he lived, everyoneís friend.í
15/01/2020 To a beautiful life came a sudden end,
15/01/2020 Respected and loved by all he knew;
15/01/2020 ĎGood was his heart, his friendship true,
15/01/2020 BURNS Ė In loving memory of my dear son, Joseph Burns, Royal Irish Fusiliers, killed in action May 1940.
15/01/2020 Ever remembered by his mother, sisters and brothers. Morganís Hill, Cookstown.
22/12/2019 BURNS Ė 29th May 1940, killed in action with the British Expeditionary Force, Fusiliers Joseph Burns, Royal Irish Fusiliers, fourth son of Mrs Margaret Burns of Morganís Hill, Cookstown.
22/12/2019 The Burns family wish to express their sincere thanks to all who sympathised with them in their bereavement, and to the many kind friends who made personal calls. This is an acknowledgment of their gratitude in a time of sorrow. Morganís Hill, Cookstown.
22/12/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th June 1940: Roll of Honour
20/12/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd June 1940:
20/12/2019 Mrs Burns, of Morganís Hill Road, Cookstown, has been notified that her son, Private Joseph Burns, Royal Irish Fusiliers, was killed in action on Flanders.
20/12/2019 Mrs W Irvine, of ex-Soldierís Cottages, Tullyhogue, has been notified by the Air Ministry that her eldest son, Aircraftman (1st Class) William C Irvine, was killed on 11th June when the aircraft, of which he was wireless operator, crashed at the aerodrome when taking off. He was 19 years of age.
15/01/2019 Fusiliers Joseph Burns is buried at Heverlee War Cemetery, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. The inscription on his grave reads COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOUR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST
15/01/2019 Joseph Burns was the son of John and Margaret Burns. John Burns and Margaret Harvey were married on 13th February 1897 in the district of Cookstown.
15/01/2019 Joseph was born in Cookstown on 7th July 1910 (tbc). Joseph the sixth of at least six children.
15/01/2019 Known family: John Burns, Margaret Burns, Thomas Burns (born 22nd December 1897), John Burns (born 4th April 1900), William Burns (born 1st July 1902), Emma Burns (born 11th April 1905), Margaret Burns (born 16th December 1907), Joseph Burns (born 7th July 1910).
15/01/2019 All these birth dates are subject to correction. Itís speculated that the transcription was difficult, resulting in the motherís maiden name differing from birth to birth. These are best guesses.
15/01/2019 The 1911 census Joseph as a baby, living with the family at house 7 in Cookstown Rural, County Tyrone. John Burns was a labourer.
15/01/2019 It seems the family lived in the Morganís Hill (Road) area of Cookstown.
15/01/2019 In May 1940, the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers were acting as part of the rear-guard before the retreat to Dunkirk and were holding a 5,000 yard front, North East of Ninove near the River Dendre, in Belgium.
15/01/2019 It is believed that Fusilier Joseph Burns was killed in action on Sunday 19th May 1940 when the Luftwaffe carried out a bombing and strafing attack on the 1st Battalionís positions.
15/01/2019 Fusiliers Joseph Burns is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
15/01/2019 The CWGC record Fusiliers Joseph Burns as the son of John and Margaret Burns of Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
15/01/2019 From an undated Mid-Ulster Mail
15/01/2019 Submitted by his family, Morganís Hill Road Cookstown
15/01/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th May 1918:
15/01/2019 Mr John Burns, Morganís Hill, Cookstown, has received a post card from his son, Private Thomas Burns, of the Ulster Division, that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. His brother John is serving also.
15/01/2019 The report below suggests that two brothers, Thomas and John, served in World War One.
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