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22/10/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell From the Tyrone Courier dated 20th June 1918: Gallantry (Mentioned in Despatches)
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22/10/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell Lieutenant Colonel G A Campbell, A.S.C., Killyman Rectory, Moy, has been specially mentioned in despatches by sir E H H Allenby, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., General Officer commanding-in-chief Egyptian Expeditionary Force.
15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris From the Tyrone Courier dated 15th November 1917:
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15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Lieutenant Eric Wallace Harris, Royal Garrison Artillery, died of wounds on 4th November, was the only son of Mr W Wallace Harris, solicitor, 4 Dame Street, Dublin, and Mrs Harris of Chelmsford, Avoca Avenue, Blackrock and entered Trinity College, Dublin in June 1914, and the Medical School the following term. He had captained his school at both cricket and hockey, and was a conspicuous forward in Trinity College team. Joining the University Officer Training Corps, he obtained his commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery on 10th November 1915, and after some months training at Spike Island, was transferred to Fort Campden, County Cork to which station he was afterwards appointed as O.C. He left for France on Christmas Day 1916, and served at the Somme, as Arras (where he was slightly wounded in the arm) and in Flanders, where he was mortally wounded on 3rd November 1917. In April last he had been recommended for distinction for special and conspicuous bravery on three occasions. A few weeks before his death he was offered the captaincy, but preferred to remain with his old battery.
15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Eric gained the rank of Lieutenant in December 1915 and was posted to Queenstown (Spike Island) for training.
15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Eric Harris was transferred to Fort Campden, County Cork to which station he was afterwards appointed as O.C.
15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Lieutenant Eric Wallace Harris left for France on Christmas Day 1916.
15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Lieutenant Harris served at the Somme, as Arras (where he was slightly wounded in the arm) and in Flanders.
15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris In April 1917 Lieutenant Eric Wallace Harris was recommended for distinction for special and conspicuous bravery on three occasions.
15/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Only a few weeks before his death he was offered his captaincy, but Lieutenant Harris preferred to remain with his old battery.
15/10/2017 Pte. William James McMinn From the Tyrone Courier and News dated Thursday 13 December 1917: Coalisland Fallen Soldiers
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15/10/2017 Pte. William James McMinn At the monthly meeting of Coalisland L.O.L. No 93 held on Friday evening, Brother Thomas Neill, Worshipful Master presiding and Brother Thomas Holmes; Deputy Master in the vice-chair, the W.M. referred in feeling terms to the loss of more of their members who had fallen in action, namely 2nd Lieut. Joseph Marsh, Royal Irish Rifles, and Private William McMinn, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who had both been killed on the same day. Seven members of that Lodge had now fallen in this cruel war, fighting for King and Country. Brothers Robert J Cardwell and Robert A Montgomery had also been wounded, each for the fourth time so that their lodge’s record would be a glorious one. He proposed that the utmost sympathy on the members be conveyed to the parents of both Marsh and McMinn and the Secretary was directed to forward suitable letters of condolence. The lodge was then closed in the usual manner.
15/10/2017 Pte. William James McMinn William was a member of Coalisland L.O.L. No 93.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar Peter Biggar was born in Addiewell, Midlothian, Scotland about 1897.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar Peter was the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Biggar.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar Peter was living in Edinburgh when he enlisted in with the Royal Scots in Leith.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar Private Peter Biggar was serving with the 13th Battalion of the Royal Scots when he was killed on 12th June 1916. Newspapers reported that he died as a result of an accident. He was 19 years old.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar Three men from that battalion were listed as killed in action on 12th June 1916 - Peter Biggar, Matthew Laurence and Ernest Corbett.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar Private Peter Biggar is buried in Vermelles Communal Cemetery in France.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar Newspaper reports confirm he had lived in Stewartstown, although he is not listed on Stewartstown War Memorial.
14/10/2017 Pte. Peter Biggar The CWGC record Private Peter Biggar as the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Biggar of Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
14/10/2017 Pte. Patrick Carson Patrick also served for a time with the Connaught Rangers, No. 3496.
14/10/2017 Pte. Patrick Carson He subsequently joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain Henry (Harry) Cobain was the son of Joseph and Sarah Cobain. Henry Cobain was born about 1889 in Tyrone, probably in the Pomeroy area.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain Known family: Joseph Cobain, Sarah Cobain, Eliza Cobain (born about 1871), Thomas Cobain (born about 1878), Joseph Cobain (born about 1883), Henry Cobain (born about 1888).
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain The 1901 census lists Henry as age 13 living with the family at house 9 in Gortindarragh, Pomeroy, County Tyrone. Henry was still at school his father was a builder.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain Henry Cobain was working in the north of England when he enlisted at Chopwell, County Durham, joining the 9th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. (No 3114)
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain He subsequently transferred to the 6th Battalion East Kent Regiment, the Buffs.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain The East Kent Regiment, known as The Buffs, obtained the name when they were the 3rd Regiment of Foot in 1743 while on campaign in Holland and the Low Countries. The name refers to the ‘buff coats’- armour made of soft leather that the regiment was issued with. Regiments at that time were often called after the Colonel’s commanding them and as 3rd Regiment and 19th Regiment of Foot were both commanded by Thomas Howard and Charles Howard respectively, the regiments became known as Howard’s Regiment of Foot. To avoid any confusion the Regiments took the colours of their facings as part of their names, so the 19th Regiment of Foot became known as the ‘Green Howards’ and the 3rd Regiment became known as Howard’s Buffs, this was eventually shortened to The Buffs.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain In World War 1, the 6th Battalion East Kent Regiment (the Buffs) seen service and action at Loos, Somme, Albert, Pozieres, Le Transloy, Ancre, Arras, Cambrai, St. Quentin, Amiens, The Hindenburg Line 1918, Epehey and St. Quentin Canal
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain At the Battle of Albert, (first phase, second Battles of the Somme1918), 37 Brigade, including the 6th East Kents took up the attack on the 9th August 1918 and by the next day they had advanced almost two miles. After a brief rest, the Division attacked again on 22nd August, pushing right across the wilderness of the old Somme Battlefields, capturing Meault, Mametz, Carnoy, Hardecourt and Faviere Wood, which it reached after a week’s, continuous fighting. The Division had made another advance of 15,000 yards.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain During World War 1, the village of Maricourt was close to the front lines, at a point of junction between British and French Forces. The village fell into German hands during the great advance of March 1918 but was recaptured at the end of August.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain Private Henry Cobain was serving with the 6th Battalion of the East Kent Regiment when he was killed in action on the 27th August 1918.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain The 6th East Kent’s were given the objective of taking the east edge of Trones Wood, east of the town of Albert. Captain L. P. Figgis and ten men were killed in the action that day, including Henry Cobain.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain Private Henry Cobain is buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France.
14/10/2017 Pte. Henry Cobain The CWGC record Private Henry Cobain as the son of Joseph and Sarah Cobain. He is recorded as being born in County Tyrone.
14/10/2017 2nd Lieut Newton Henry Collins Doctor James Collins stayed only a short time in Laghy.
13/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Eric was educated at Avoca School, Blackrock. He had captained his school at both cricket and hockey.
13/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris From the Tyrone Courier dated 20th September 1917: Stewartstown Officer Wins the M.C. (Captain F P Harris - cousin of Eric Wallace Harris)
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13/10/2017 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Captain F P Harris, M.C., Royal Army Medical Corps, attached R.F.A., son of Mr and Mrs Porter Harris, Curglasson, Stewartstown, has been awarded the Military Cross ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under very heavy shell fire, attending to wounded and having them safely removed to cover.’ He was previously mentioned in despatches for gallant and distinguished services. This young officer has seen very heavy fighting. He served through the Gallipoli campaign from the first landing on 2th April 1915 at Cape Helles, until the final evacuation. He afterwards served in Egypt, and has been serving in France and Flanders since March 1916. He was gassed and wounded in May, and he was severely wounded on 16th August last, having his left arm fractured with shrapnel, and his left foot and right thigh also injured. He was admitted to St John’s Hospital, Etaples, and shortly afterwards removed to Newcastle-on-Tyne, where we are glad to say he is progressing most satisfactorily. Captain Harris was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and at Trinity College, Dublin.
11/10/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell From the Tyrone Courier dated 24th May 1917: Official Casualties (Private Samuel Newell – brother of Private Joseph Newell)
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11/10/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell This week’s official casualty lists include the names of 4244 Private J McIntyre (Royal Scots Fusiliers), Dungannon, killed; and Privates S Newell, Stewartstown, (Royal Irish Rifles), and P Cassidy, Dungannon, (Northumberland Fusiliers), wounded.
09/10/2017 Lieut Thomas James Kennedy Thomas J Kennedy had been in service with the South Irish Horse and volunteered on the outbreak of war and was given a Commission in the 36th Ulster Division.
09/10/2017 Lieut Thomas James Kennedy Lieutenant Kennedy later transferred to the 16th Irish Division.
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