Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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14/01/2019 Corp John Gilmor Magee Corporal John Gilmour Magee, Highland Light Infantry, son of Mr Alexander Magee, Toberlane, Cookstown, who was killed in action in France between 20th and 27th March. The deceased, who was not quite twenty years of age, was employed with his father at Wellbrook up till early in 1916, when he went to Glasgow. He joined the army soon afterwards, and went out to France of June of that year. He took part in many engagements, notably at Cambrai and Arras, getting through without a casualty until he received his fatal wound. He was home on furlough twice during his active service. He was a prominent member of the U.V.F. and a member of the L.O.L. at Orritor. He was of a kind a lovable disposition and highly respected by all who knew him. Two other brothers are serving. George, who is in the Inniskillings, being in France since soon after the Ulster Division went out. Robert is with the Labour battalion of the Royal Scots and is in France for over a year.
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14/01/2019 Corp John Gilmor Magee From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th April 1918: Corporal John Gilmour Magee
14/01/2019 L/Corp James Creighton CREIGHTON – In fond and loving memory our dear son, Private James Creighton, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action, on the 27th April 1917.
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14/01/2019 L/Corp James Creighton From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th April 1918:
14/01/2019 Corp John Gilmor Magee Mr Alexander Magee, Toberlane, Cookstown, has received official word that his son, Corporal John Gilmour Magee, Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action in France between 21st and 27th March.
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14/01/2019 Corp John Gilmor Magee From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th April 1918:
14/01/2019 L/Corp James Creighton Ever remembered by his father, mother, brothers and sisters, Coagh, County Tyrone
13/01/2019 Sgt. Robert Henry Lewis Steele It seems very unlikely Robert Lewis ever lived or worked in the Cookstown area, but is included here because he is listed in the Cookstown War Dead book, because his grandfather was from Grange, Tullyhogue, Cookstown.
13/01/2019 Sgt. Robert Henry Lewis Steele Known family: Robert R Steele, Caroline Steele, Robert Henry Lewis Steele (born about 1883).
13/01/2019 Sgt. Robert Henry Lewis Steele STEELE – Killed in action 29th March, Robert H L Steele, Sergeant, Middlesex Regiment, eldest son of Robert R Steele, formerly of Grange, Tullyhogue, aged 35.
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13/01/2019 Sgt. Robert Henry Lewis Steele From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 13th April 1918:
12/01/2019 Pte. Edward Magee Mrs Roseann Magee, Millburn Street, Cookstown, has received official intimation that her husband, Private Edward Magee, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was killed in action on 10th March when serving with the Egyptian Forces. Private Magee was a native of Portadown, and was well-known, and was highly respected by his fellow workers in Wilson’s mill. He enlisted in February 1915 and was wounded in Gallipoli, and was home on leave about a year ago. He leaves behind a wife and two little children.
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12/01/2019 Pte. Edward Magee From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th April 1918: Private Edward Magee
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12/01/2019 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. At the morning service in Second Cookstown Presbyterian Church on Sunday last, Rev David Maybin, B.A., made touching references to the death of Sergeant Henry, whose family have long been connected with the congregation. He is the sixth of the men from this congregation who have given their lives in defence of the country.
12/01/2019 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. Sergeant George A Henry, Royal Irish Fusiliers (youngest son of Mr W J Henry, Rural District Council (R.D.C.), Cloghog, Cookstown), died at the Australian General Hospital, Rouen, on 28th March, from wounds received in action on the 14th. The deceased, who was just 24 years of age, had joined the North Irish Horse prior to the war, and as a trooper went to France soon after the outbreak of hostilities. For some months he was on the bodyguard of Sir John French, when Commander-in-Chief, and afterwards of General Smith-Dorian. Seven or eight months ago he transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, since when he took part in several engagements. His parents received official intimation that he had received a gunshot wound in the thigh on the 14th March. On the 19th, he wrote to his mother that she not fret about him as he was getting on all right. Official word of his death was the next sad message. He was a young man of exemplary character and greatly respected, and his death is greatly regretted. Much sympathy is felt with his parents and other relatives in their sore bereavement.
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12/01/2019 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th March 1918:
11/01/2019 Pte. Francis O'Neill Inserted by Maggie O’Neill
11/01/2019 Pte. Francis O'Neill O’NEILL – In fond remembrance of my brother, Frank O’Neill, Royal Inniskillings, killed in action at Festubert, 30th March1915.
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11/01/2019 Pte. Francis O'Neill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th March 1918:
11/01/2019 Pte. Edward Magee MAGEE – Killed in action on 10th March 1918 with the Egyptian Forces, Private Edward Magee, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers.
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11/01/2019 Pte. Edward Magee From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th March 1918:
11/01/2019 Pte. Edward Magee Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and two little sons, Rose Ann, Willie and Joseph Magee, Millburn Street, Cookstown.
10/01/2019 Maj Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham D.S.O. LENOX-CONYNGHAM – 15th March at Chester, Lieutenant Colonel H M Lenox-Conyngham, D.S.O., Army Veterinary Corps, youngest son of the late Sir William Lenox-Conyngham, of Springhill, Moneymore.
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10/01/2019 Maj Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham D.S.O. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd March 1918: Deaths
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Inserted by her sorrowing husband, daughters and sons.
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson And those who think of her tonight are those who loved her best.
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson This day brings back to memory our dear one who has gone to rest,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Dear mother how we long for you.
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson When days are dark and friends are few,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson In life we loved you very dear, in death we do the same.
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson ‘Peaceful be thy rest, dear mother, it’s sweet to breathe your name,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson NELSON – In loving remembrance of our dear mother, Sarah Nelson, wife of William Nelson, Ballyforlea, who died on 24th March 1912.
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10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson From Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd March 1918: Sarah Nelson (mother of James Nelson)
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Inserted by his sorrowing father, sisters and brothers.
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson We’ll hear it all for thee.’
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson But Thou O Lord, hath sent this cross,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Must ever clouded be,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson But the sunshine of our life
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Jesus now hath welcomed thee.
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Jordan passed, from pain set free,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Safe and blessed, the victory won;
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Home at Last, thy labour done,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson To repose beside his clay.
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson Till the Commander’s voice shall call us,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson There our hearts do ever stray,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson ‘Now in the dark, cold grave he slumbers,
10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson NELSON – In loving memory of our dear brother, Private James Nelson, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who died on 24th March 1915 in the Military Hospital, Belfast.
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10/01/2019 Pte. James Nelson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd March 1918:
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09/01/2019 Maj Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham D.S.O. Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham, D.S.O., of the Army Veterinary Corps, youngest son of the late Sir William Lenox-Conyngham, K.C.B., Springhill, Moneymore, died at Chester on Friday. The deceased was the second of the family who had passed away during the present war, his third brother, Lieutenant Colonel J S M Lenox-Conyngham, having died at the head of the Connaught Rangers at the taking of Guillemont in September 1916. Entering the Army Veterinary Corps in 1897, the deceased served in the in the East Africa campaign 1902-1903, including the Somaliland operations, being mentioned in despatches and awarded the medal with clasp. In the present war he had a splendid record, having gained a brevit lieutenant Colonelcy in June 1917, and the Distinguished Service Order. Two of his brothers are serving at the present time, Major W A Lenox-Conyngham (late Worcestershire Regiment), who is in the Royal Defence Corps; and Colonel G P Lenox-Conyngham, who is in the Royal Engineers. One of the deceased’s sisters is married to Colonel J Jackson Clark, D.L., Largantogher, Maghera. His wife, who survives him, is a daughter of Mr Edwin Sanders Darley, Fern Hill, Dublin.
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09/01/2019 Maj Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham D.S.O. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd March 1918: Lieutenant Colonel Lenox-Conyngham
09/01/2019 L/Corp William John Albert Bell ‘The only consolation is that he died nobly for his country, and that he would rather have gone quickly than have lingered on disabled or an invalid. He fought bravely to the end, and then passed – a soldier and a gentleman.’
09/01/2019 L/Corp William John Albert Bell Another nurse, who had nursed him through a previous casualty, also wrote expressing sorrow, and of the esteem in which the deceased was held. She adds:-
09/01/2019 L/Corp William John Albert Bell ‘Dear Mr Bell, Before this reaches you, you will have heard the sad news of your boy’s great sacrifice. I know the clergyman here has written to you, but because your boy specially asked me to write, I want to send you this letter and express my sympathy for you in your grief, though could you have seen how splendid he was in those last hours, I am sure there could be room in your heart but pride that your son was so much of a man, and had taken his courage and his manhood home with him to his God. As you probably know, he was shot through the chest, and from the first his condition was a very critical one. Later the doctors knew it was hopeless, and he was not allowed to suffer. He too, knew towards the end that he could not live, and spoke to me of dying, and asked me if, after he had gone I would write to his father. I asked him if he had any special messages to send, and he said, just tell him ‘how and when I died’. He told me that you were in hospital in Ireland. He is buried in the cemetery here. It is called Lijssenthoek Cemetery and is about a mile from Poperinghe. The graves are carefully tended and during the last year the cemetery has become a very large one. The few personal effects your boy brought here with him will be sent to you through the War Office in England. Your son came into our ward during the night at 2.20am, on 17th February and he died at 5.00am on the morning of the 21st. He was so sweet and grateful for every little thing we did for him, and his beautiful character was so clearly marked on his face and fine physique, that my heart aches for you in the loss of such a son. I remain yours, very sincerely. Clare Gass, Nursing Sister.’
09/01/2019 L/Corp William John Albert Bell The first intimation of the wound that so sound proved fatal, was received by his father from his chaplain. This was soon followed by a letter from a nursing sister, as follows:-
09/01/2019 L/Corp William John Albert Bell William John Albert Bell, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, son of Sergeant John Bell, Ballygoney, died on No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on 21st February, from a wound received in action on 17th. The deceased soldier, who was 22 years of age, was formerly on the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) and served in Fermanagh and in Brown Square Barracks, Belfast. He resigned in 1912 and went to New Zealand, where he joined the police force, and was soon promoted to the finger print office of the detective department. He offered his services as soon as war broke out, and it was only after his third application, and when he had actually resigned his position, that he was allowed to volunteer. During his training he was promoted sergeant, and held the rank of sergeant major at the time of his arrival in England. He had passed an examination for commissioned rank, but decided not to accept it. His New Zealand comrades, before he left, presented him with a wristlet watch. He was deputed to training duty in England, but was so anxious to get to the front that he gave up his rank and went out as a private. He very soon however earned promotion in the field. He was twice previously wounded, once in the leg and again in the neck. He was a very popular and promising young man, and all who knew him will greatly regret his early death and sympathise with his relatives in their sad bereavement. He was home on a brief furlough during last summer.
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09/01/2019 L/Corp William John Albert Bell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th March 1918: William John Albert Bell
08/01/2019 Pte. Robert Mitchell Two more boys from Coagh, Mr Fred Sands and Mr Bobby Mitchell, have joined the Inniskillings. This is the fifth son of Mr John Mitchell which has joined the colours, and the third son of Mr Sands.
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08/01/2019 Pte. Robert Mitchell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th March 1918: Coagh
07/01/2019 Corp Thomas Espey Corporal Espey is not listed on the Great Northern Railway War Memorial in Central Station, Belfast.
07/01/2019 Corp Thomas Espey While in South Africa he joined the Cape Mounted Rifles.
07/01/2019 Corp Thomas Espey Thomas married Florence Espey and they had two sons.
07/01/2019 Corp Thomas Espey Thomas emigrated to South Africa in 1909.
07/01/2019 Corp Thomas Espey For several years Thomas worked as a clerk at the Greater Northern Railway (G.N.R.) station, probably in Cookstown.
06/01/2019 Corp Thomas Espey Intimation has been received by Mrs Black, Toberlane, that her brother, Thomas Espey, was killed in action in January last. Tom, as he was familiarly called, was well-known and highly respected in Cookstown, and his great many friends greatly regret to hear of his death. For several years he was a clerk at the G.N.R. Station, but emigrated to South Africa in 1909. Later he joined the Cape Mounted Rifles. At the outbreak of the present war he volunteered for service, joining a Scottish regiment. He paid a brief visit to Cookstown a few months ago.
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06/01/2019 Corp Thomas Espey From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th March 1918:
06/01/2019 Pte. Hugh Curry Private William Currie, A Company, 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (son of Mrs Robert Currie, Drapersfield, Cookstown), has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in Palestine whilst serving with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, commanded by General Allenby. When a soldier who was bringing up sorely needed ammunition was shot, Private Currie volunteered to take his place and succeeded in his effort, though fiercely fired upon at the time. ‘You are a brave man, Currie’ said the General when awarding the Military Medal to him. Private Currie was a reserve man and was called up when war was declared. He served in Gallipoli, France and in Palestine, and despite the fact that he received seventeen wounds (some through the centre of his body) at Festubert in May 1915, he volunteered for the front when his wounds were barely healed. We congratulate Mrs Robert Currie, Sandy Row, Drapersfield, upon her son’s gallant record in arms for King and country, and upon this distinction conferred for his bravery. His brother Hugh was in the Ulster Division, and was killed in September 1916 at the age of twenty.
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06/01/2019 Pte. Hugh Curry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd March 1918: Drapersfield Man Wins Military Medal - Private William Currie (brother of Hugh Currie)
06/01/2019 Pte. George McCracken The following soldiers have been enjoying home leave:- Lance Corporal William Shanks, M.M.; Lance Corporal Bob Woods; Private Jack Harte, M.M.; Dan McCormack, Francis Hueston, John Anderson, Australians; George McCracken and James McKnight.
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06/01/2019 Pte. George McCracken From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd March 1918: Castledawson
05/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Alexander McReynolds Mr Thomas A McReynolds, R.D.C., Kingsmills, Cookstown, has received official intimation that his eldest son, Private T A McReynolds, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who was reported missing on the western front on 9th October, was then killed or died of wounds. The deceased, who was in his 25th year, had been on the North Irish Horse before the war, and was in a situation in Scotland. He immediately volunteered for service when war was declared and joined the Dragoon Guards, and was in France in September 1914. He was twice wounded when in the Guards. Last autumn he was transferred to the Warwickshires, and shortly afterwards he was reported missing. He was seen wounded during the advance, but as he was only a short time in the regiment, and as the survivors of the gallant attack were comparatively few, it has proved impossible to get definitive evidence of his death. His younger brother, Austin McReynolds, is in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He got through the Gallipoli campaign without a scratch, except from a spent bullet. He then served in Egypt and in France, and is at present with the guns in Italy waiting for the Austrians.
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05/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Alexander McReynolds From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd February 1918: Private T A McReynolds
05/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Alexander McReynolds Private McReynolds, son of Mr Thomas McReynolds, R.D.C., Kingsmills, who joined the 5th Dragoon Guards soon after the outbreak of war and who has been at the front in France for several months, has been home on a few days furlough. He is in excellent health and spirits.
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05/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Alexander McReynolds From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd February 1918:
03/01/2019 Pte. Wesley C McClelland W J McCausland, cycle mechanic, stated that he had overhauled McClelland’s motor cycle on the 5th September, and there was nothing then wrong with the machine to interfere with her running. The price of £42 10s 0d was reasonable. A new one such as it, would cost £80. For the defence: Thomas Ritchie, cycle mechanic, deposed he went with McReynolds to Mr McLean’s, Knockloughrim, and thought it was a good opportunity to test McClelland’s bicycle. He accompanied McClelland on the next day to Bellaghy. Mr Samuel Hamilton had a trial run on the bicycle with McClelland. Hamilton had no previous knowledge of a motor cycle. After the sale, McClelland asked the loan of the machine to take him home, saying he send same back before Monday. Hamilton, having consented, both returned the way they had gone. Coming from Bellaghy, the bicycle was not taking the hills well, and in his opinion, was not in a fit condition for delivery, and the plaintiff suggested sending it to McCausland’s to have it seen to before returning it on Monday. Being busy, he did not take the bicycle to McCausland, and he considered McClelland had a better right than he to see after it, as he (Ritchie) was making nothing out of the transaction. The bicycle was still at his shop. The defendant, Samuel Hamilton, deposed that on 22nd September, McClelland and Ritchie arrived on a motor cycle. He was going with tea for the workers, and McClelland took him on the bicycle to his farm, about a mile distant. As a result of this trial run, he bought the bicycle for £42 10s 0d, and agreed to lending the bicycle. Ritchie called on Monday, and in consequence of a conversation with Ritchie, he stopped payment of the cheque. To Mr Hastings: ‘He never asked Ritchie to buy him a bicycle. He was well pleased with the trial run and after the sale consented to lend bicycle, same to be returned Monday. His honour said he would consider the case, and on Friday morning gave a decree for the amount claimed.
03/01/2019 Pte. Wesley C McClelland Dawson McClelland, chemist’s assistant (a minor by his father, Sloan McClelland, Cookstown), sued Samuel Hamilton, Bellaghy, for £42 price of a motor cycle. A writ has been issued in the Superior Court and the case remitted. Mr Hastings for the plaintiff and Mr Brown for the defendant. The plaintiff deposed that he was joining the Royal Flying Corps, and he wished to dispose of his motor cycle and side car. He heard from a son of Thomas Ritchie’s that his father was on the lookout for a machine, and this led to Mr Ritchie getting a trial run on the machine to Knockloughrim on 21st September, and Mr Marshall Reynolds went on the trailer. In consequence of this trial run, Mr Ritchie and the plaintiff went on the machine to Bellaghy on the following day. Here another trial run took place, the defendant being on the side car. They went to Mr Hamilton’s home, where he expressed his appreciation of the motor. The plaintiff asked for £45, but eventually agreed to accept £42 10s 0d. Mr Hamilton wrote a cheque for £42 and the plaintiff, refusing to take it, added a 10s Treasury note. The plaintiff wished to go to Cookstown that night, and asked the defendant for the loan of the bicycle, promising to return it by Monday at the latest. On the way home the engine was not working satisfactorily, and the witness explained to Ritchie that that he believed the sparking plug had become carbonised by the use, on a former occasion, of inferior motor spirit. He left the cycle with Ritchie to have it put right before returning it to Mr Hamilton. The cheque for £42 was stopped and he sued for it. To Mr Brown: ‘He had not seen the bicycle since. He had not given any warranty on it. Marshall Reynolds deposed to going on a trial run to Knockloughrim. When they topped the steep hill entering Knockloughrim, Ritchie said ‘the bike will do.’ The witness had several runs on the bicycle himself and it was a reliable machine.’
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03/01/2019 Pte. Wesley C McClelland From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th February 1918: A Motor Bicycle Deal (Dawson McClelland – brother of Wesley McClelland)
03/01/2019 Lieut William John McVeagh ‘I regret very much your son was killed in action near Abu Dineen on the 28th, while gallantly leading his platoon over the walls into Alay in the face of heavy rifle and machine gun fire. Your son’s loss is deeply felt by us all. He was such a fine officer, especially keen on machine gun work, and we cannot spare him. May I offer you, in your great sorrow, on behalf of myself and the officers of the battalion, our sincere regret in your own great loss.’
03/01/2019 Lieut William John McVeagh The officer commanding the 6th Royal Munsters, writing from Palestine to Mrs McVeagh on 31st December 1917 says:-
03/01/2019 Lieut William John McVeagh Mr James McVeagh, Loy Hill, Cookstown, has received the following telegram of sympathy on the death of his son:- ‘The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the army have sustained by the death of your son in the service of his country. Their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your sorrow. Keeper of the Privy Purse.’
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03/01/2019 Lieut William John McVeagh From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd February 1918: The late Lieutenant W J McVeagh
03/01/2019 Lieut William John McVeagh Lieutenant William John McVeigh was killed in action in Palestine whilst leading his platoon over the walls into Alay in the face of heavy rifle and machine gun fire on 28th December 1917. He was 24 years old.
02/01/2019 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. Lance Corporal G A Henry, North Irish Horse, who has just returned to the front after a brief visit home at Cloghog, Cookstown. Lance Corporal Henry looks in the pink of condition, and when he left his comrades, they were also in the best of health.
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02/01/2019 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. From an unknown newspaper dated about 1916-1917: Lance Corporal G A Henry
02/01/2019 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. The Military Medal has been awarded to Sergeant George A Henry, Royal Irish Fusiliers, and formerly of the North Irish Horse. Sergeant Henry is a son of Mr W J Henry, R.D.C., Cloghog, Cookstown, and has been at the front since hostilities commenced.
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02/01/2019 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd February 1918:
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