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25/03/2018 Alexander Sandy McIlree (Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died)
25/03/2018 Leslie McIlree (Private, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers / Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers)
25/03/2018 Samuel McIlree (Royal Field Artillery)
25/03/2018 David McIlree (Corporal, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers)
25/03/2018 Robert McIlree
25/03/2018 William McIlree (Welsh Mountain Artillery)
25/03/2018 John McIlree (Private, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers)
25/03/2018 Andrew McIlree (1st Royal Irish Fusiliers / North Irish Horse)
25/03/2018 Herbert McIlree (North Irish Horse)
25/03/2018 All seven other sons survived the war
19/09/2016
17/09/2016 After leaving school, Sandy McIlree worked for Alexander Barclay at Drapersfield.
17/09/2016 Alexander McIlree was the son of John and Eliza Martha McIlree (nee McGee). Alexander was born was born in Annahavil near Cookstown on 29th September 1890.
17/09/2016 The 1901 census lists ‘Sandy’ as 10 years old at house 6 in Duffless in Tullaghoge, County Tyrone. John McIlree was an agricultural labourer.
17/09/2016 The 1911 census lists Sandy as 19 living with the family at house 23 in Tullyveagh Red Row Village, Coagh, County Tyrone.
17/09/2016 He was one of eight boys from the same family to join up for service during the First World War.
17/09/2016 Private Alex McIlree is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and St Andrew’s Ardtrea Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
17/09/2016 Alexander McIlree enlisted in Cookstown in November 1913, joining the Inniskillings.
17/09/2016 Known family: John McIlree, Eliza Martha McIlree, Herbert McIlree, Andrew McIlree, Elizabeth McIlree (born 14th February 1871), John McIlree (16th October 1872), William McIlree (born 21st January 1875), Robert McIlree (born 28th May 1877), David McIlree (born 27th September 1879), Hessie McIlree (born 26th May 1882), Samuel McIlree (18th July 1884), Leslie McIlree (born 27th May 1886), Mary Martha McIlree (born about 1889), Alexander Sandy McIlree (born 29th September 1890), Maggie Agnes McIlree (born 3rd June 1893).
30/12/2015 Mother misses you most of all, because she loved you the best’
30/12/2015 ‘Short was thy life, my darling son, but peaceful was thy rest,
30/12/2015 McILREE – In loving memory of 4304 Private Alexander McIlree, killed in action in France on 16th May 1915.
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 13th May 1916:
30/12/2015 Cookstown Family Record : Mrs McIlree of Draperstown, Cookstown, has eight sons serving in the army at present, which probably constitutes a record for Tyrone. John and David are at present at Randalstown, in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; Herbert and Andrew are in the North Irish Horse; Leslie is in the 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; which has gone to the front lately; William is in the Welsh Mountain Artillery; Sandy is in the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Samuel is in the Field Artillery at the front.
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30/12/2015 Alexander McIlree has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 16-17 on Le Touret Memorial, France.
30/12/2015 “Alexander McIlree’s body was discovered on the battlefield by two soldiers from the 1st Manchester Regiment. In forwarding home his personal belongings they sent a letter saying that he had fallen in action near them, being struck by shell shrapnel and had died a soldiers death, fighting for King and Country.”
30/12/2015 Private Alex McIlree was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action during a night attack on enemy positions on the eve of the Battle of Festubert on Sunday 16th May 1915.
30/12/2015 Early in 1915 his mother received a letter from Buckingham Palace after the Rector of Ardtrea, the Reverend W.E.R. Scott, wrote and told the King about Mrs McIlree having 8 sons serving in the army.
30/12/2015 Inserted by his sorrowing mother.
30/12/2015 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 9th February 1915: Eight Sons on the Army – Tyrone Mother congratulated by the King
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 21 January 1915:
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 13th May 1916:
30/12/2015
30/12/2015 McILREE – In loving remembrance of Private Alexander McIlree (4304), who was killed in France on May 16 1915.
30/12/2015 ‘We often think of days gone by, when we were all together,
30/12/2015 A shadow over our life is cast, a brother gone forever’
30/12/2015 Inserted by his sorrowing brothers and sisters
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30/12/2015 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 21st January 1915: Cookstown Family’s Record
30/12/2015 He was a member of Knockinroe LOL. 194.
30/12/2015 Mrs McIlree of Drapersfield, Cookstown, has eight sons serving in the army at present, which probably constitutes a record for County Tyrone. John and David are at present at Randalstown, in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; Herbert and Andrew are in the North Irish Horse; Leslie is in the 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; which has gone to the front lately; William is in the Welsh Mountain Artillery; Sandy is in the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Samuel is in the Field Artillery at the front. Three of them (John, David and Andrew) have South African war medals. John and Andrew were also in the Indian frontier war, 1897-98.
30/12/2015
30/12/2015 The rector of Ardtrea having written to the King to inform his Majesty of the fact that his parishioner, Mrs McIlree, has eight sons in the army, the following letter has been received for transmission to Mrs McIlree:-
30/12/2015 Privy Purse Office, Buckingham Palace, 1st February 1915. Madam, I have the honour to inform you that the King has heard with much interest that you have at the present eight sons in the army. I am commanded to express to you the King’s congratulations, and to assure you that his Majesty much appreciates the spirit of patriotism which prompted this example, in one family, of loyalty and devotion to their Sovereign and Empire. I have the honour to be Madam, your obedient servant. F Ponsonby, Keeper of the Privy Purse.
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