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28/02/2018 R/man William McCann In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects tom my mother, Mrs M McCann, 37 Howe Street, Belfast, Ireland. Signed W McCann, Rifleman 12th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. A203561 19/9/18.
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28/02/2018 R/man William McCann Last Will and Testament of Rifleman William McCann dated 19th September 1918:
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann Rifleman McCann is buried in Houchin British Cemetery in France. The cemetery is situated 5 kilometres south of the town of Bethune.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann In his Will, William McCann left all to his mother, Mrs M McCann, who was living in Howe Street, Belfast.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann Rifleman William McCann was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps when he died of wounds in France on 11th October 1918.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann William McCann later transferred to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann William served with the Royal Army Service Corps for a time, Regiment No. T4/058929
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann William McCann enlisted in Belfast.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann Known family: Kinley McCann, Mary McCann, William McCann (born 31st October 1894, Cookstown), John McCann (born 12th January 1898, Belfast), Annie Jane McCann (born 10th May 1900, Belfast), Matilda Tillie McCann (born 22nd June 1902, Belfast), Frances McCann (born 9th June 1904, Belfast), Walter McCann (born 8th February 1907, Belfast), Kinley McCann (born 11th May 1909, Belfast), Frances McCann (born 12th June 1911, Belfast).
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann The 1911 census lists Willie as age 16, living with the family at house 19 in Howe Street, Shankill, Belfast. William had left school and was working as a message boy.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann The 1901 census lists William as age 6, living with the family at house 2 in Linfield Street, Belfast. Kinley McCann was a carpenter.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann The family had moved to Belfast by January 1908.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann William McCann was born in Stewartstown / Cookstown on 31st October 1894. He was the eldest of at least eight children.
28/02/2018 R/man William McCann William McCann was the eldest son of Kinley and Mary McCann. Kinley McCann and Mary Scott were married on 25th January 1894 in the district of Cookstown.
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28/02/2018 Pte. Archibald McAllister There is another Private Archibald McAllister, from Ballyronan, who served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He became a prisoner of war.in the summer of 1916. He survived the war.
28/02/2018 Pte. Archibald McAllister The 1911 census lists Archey McAlister as age 18, living with the family at house 1 in Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown. Archie worked as a Mason's Labourer. His father was a linen factory worker and it confirms that he had remarried in 1909.
28/02/2018 Pte. Archibald McAllister John McAllister and Martha McCrum were married on 27th February 1909 in the district of Cookstown.
28/02/2018 Pte. Archibald McAllister Archibald’s mother died on the 7th October 1908 in Cookstown. She was 42 years old.
28/02/2018 Pte. Archibald McAllister Family: John McAlister, Martha Jane McAlister, Archey McAlister (born about 1893, Scotland), David McAlister (born about 1895, England), Sarah Jane McAlister (born about 1897, England), Alexander McAlister (born 18th August 1898, Belfast), John McAlister (born 31st March 1900, Cookstown)
28/02/2018 Pte. Archibald McAllister Archibald McAllister was born about 1893 in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland.
28/02/2018 Pte. Archibald McAllister Archibald McAlister was the eldest son of John and Martha Jane McAlister. John McAlister and Jane Forrest were married on 26th December 1891 in the district of Cookstown.
28/02/2018 Pte. John McBride Known family: Hugh McBride, Annie McBride (born about 1880), Hugh McBride (born about 1881), John McBride (born 24th May 1887).
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne 01354
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne Corporal William Mayne is commemorated locally on Cookstown Cenotaph and on Sandholes Presbyterian Roll of Honour.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne After the war, when the Commonwealth War Graves Commission came to erect the British Cemeteries, he was re-interred in Savy British Cemetery. The cemetery is situated on the south-western outskirts of the village of Savy, on the west side of the road to Roupy, about 6.5 kilometres west of St. Quentin.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne Corporal William Mayne was originally buried in Roupy Road German Cemetery in Memorial 34.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne Corporal Billy Mayne was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the German Spring Offensive on Thursday 21st March 1918.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne Billy Mayne is also mentioned by the late Jim Donaghy who served with him in 109 Trench Mortar Battery during the Battle of Cambrai, details of which are published in the book, “Three Cheers for the Derry’s” by Gardiner S. Mitchell.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne In the above letter Billy Mayne refers to his friends Isaac Black and Sandy Little who were killed in action on 1st July 1916, and Dr. Logan who was the Presbyterian Minister at Sandholes during that time.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne “My Dear Sister, Just a few lines in answer to your most welcome letter. Sorry to see by it that you weren’t doing so well. I hope you are keeping well now. Well Cissie, I was speaking to John Kerr the other day, I just happened to meet him in the trenches. He was showing me a letter he had from Dr. Logan enquiring about poor Isaac and Sandy, poor lads. I think they were killed in ‘No Mans Land’. I am sure you would see some sights in Belfast. Is Johnny’s knee mending? Remember me to him.”
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne The following letter was sent to his sister Cissie, after the Somme Offensive, July 1916:
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne The late Mrs. Jane Swail, Sandholes, recollected when she was a child, seeing her brother Isaac Black, Sandy Little, Billy Mayne and Robert (wee Bob) Hogshaw walking out from Cookstown train station to the Sandholes village when they came home on leave wearing their uniforms, and all the local children going out to greet them.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne Soon after William enlisted he was promoted to the rank of Corporal.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne They trained at Finner Camp, Ballyshannon, County Donegal and Shane’s Park Camp, Randalstown, County Antrim.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne William Mayne enlisted in Cookstown, joining the ranks of the Inniskilling Fusiliers along with his friends, Isaac Black, Sandy Little, Robert Hogshaw and John Kerr from the village of Sandholes.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne The 1911 census lists William as age 15, living with the family at house 2 in Annaghananam, Tullaghoge. William had left school and was working on the family farm. His father was a widower.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne The 1901 census lists William as age 5, living with the family at house 3 in Annaghananam, Tullaghoge. They were a farming family.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne Family: Samuel Mayne, Annie Mayne, Annie Mayne (born 14th August 1875), James Mayne (born 21st August 1877), Matilda Mayne (born 23rd August 1879, died 23rd January 1885, age 5), Sarah Mayne (born 4th January 1882), Margaret Mayne (born 16th June 1884) , Robert Mayne (born 2nd October 1886), John Mayne (born 26th February 1889), Matilda Tillie Mayne (born 25th February 1893), William Mayne (born 17th October 1895), Elizabeth Mayne (born 20th April 1897).
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne William Mayne was born at Annaghananam, Sandholes, Cookstown on 17th October 1895. He was the second youngest of eleven children, nine surviving.
27/02/2018 Corp William (Billy) Mayne William Mayne was the youngest son of Samuel and Annie Mayne. Samuel Mayne and Anne Miller were married on 4th August 1874 in the district of Cookstown.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles The CWGC record Lieutenant Francis Richard Charles as the son of Richard Charles, O.B.E., F.R.C.S., and Mary Charles, of Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles Lieutenant Francis Richard Charles has no known grave and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles Later in December, further skirmishes in western Cyrenaica, with incurred heavy British losses, were followed by the German withdrawal to Tripolitan.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles By 26th November, 13th Corps, New Zealand Division had cleared the corridor between Tobruk and 30th Corps positions. The German Africa Corps withdrew on 6th December 1941, creating a new frontline at Gazala, west of Tobruk.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles By 21st November, both 30th Corps and 70th Division were pinned down by the enemy artillery of Rommel’s 90th Light Division. The situation was saved by the advance of 13th Corps, which began engaging enemy positions along the coast on 22nd November.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles 30th Corps continued to advance through the southern desert, aiming to engage and destroy enemy tanks before turning north-west to rendezvous with the breakout at Tobruk.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles On 18th November 1941, Operation Crusader was launched. The objective was to relieve Tobruk. It was during this action that Lieutenant Francis Richard Charles was killed in action on 19th November 1941.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles After Operation Battleaxe failed to relieve the siege of Tobruk in June 1941, General Archibald Wavell was replaced as Commander-in-Chief of the Middle East campaign by General Claude Auchinleck.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles The 8th Royal Irish Hussars were part of the 7th Armoured Division, better known as the Desert Rats. The division took part in the British offensive in late 1940 which recaptured Sidi Barrani and Bardia from the Italians and later in February 1941 the division took part in the decisive Battle of Beda Fomm which led to the capture of most of the Italian forces in North Africa at the time.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1st January 1941.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles He received a commission with the 8th Royal Irish Hussars on 1st July 1939.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles Francis Charles was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles He was the grandson of Mr and Mrs Richard Charles, Loy Hill, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles Francis Richard Charles was born on. 12th April 1919.
26/02/2018 Lieut Francis Richard Charles Francis Richard Charles was the son of Dr Richard Charles, O.B.E., F.R.C.S. and Mrs Charles.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson The CGWC record Sergeant William Anderson as the son of Samuel Reid and Elizabeth Ann Anderson.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson Sergeant William Anderson is commemorated on First Presbyterian Roll of Honour in Moneymore.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson Because it was impossible to identify his grave, Sergeant Anderson’s name is now commemorated on Singapore Memorial.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson Sergeant William Anderson was reported buried in Singapore Cemetery. However, all burial records were lost during the Japanese invasion.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson Sergeant William Anderson died from natural causes on 26th January 1942.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson William served as an instrument maker with No. 151 Maintenance Unit, Royal Air Force, based at Java.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson William was born about 1909.
26/02/2018 Sgt. William Anderson William Anderson was the son of Samuel Reid and Elizabeth Ann Anderson.
25/02/2018 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. 01353
25/02/2018 L/Sgt George Adams Henry M.M. Official notification of his award of the Military Medal was reported in the London Gazette on 15th March 1918.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage The CWGC record Sapper David Brimage as the son of Hugh and Jane Brimage of Pomeroy, County Tyrone. Northern Ireland.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage Sapper David Brimage is buried at Minturno War Cemetery in Italy. His inscription reads: Inscription: HE DIED WITH THE MANY FOR FREEDOM AND PEACE AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. BROTHERS, SISTERS AND FRIENDS.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage Sapper David Brimage was serving with the 42nd Field Company of the Royal Engineers when was killed in action during this fighting on 29th October 1943. He was 26 years old.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage By late October British Forces were moving with stiff persistence at the German winter defensive known as the Gustav Line.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage Sapper Brimage served with the allied forces that had made rapid progress throughout Southern Italy after landing on 3rd September 1943.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage David Brimage was born about 1917, probably in Pomeroy.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage Family: Hugh Brimage, Jane Brimage, Mabel Annie Brimage (born 12th February 1906), Margaret J Brimage (born 11th February 1908), William J Brimage (born 19th July 1910), Hugh Brimage (born 18th June 1913), David Brimage (born about 1917).
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage The 1911 census lists the Brimage family living at house 1 in Lurganeden, Pomeroy, Tyrone. Hugh Brimage was a farmer.
24/02/2018 Sapper David Brimage David Brimage was the son of Hugh and Jane Brimage. Hugh Brimage and Jane Sinnamon were married on 27th December 1904 in the district of Cookstown.
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21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne The CWGC record Private Joseph Mayne as the son of James and Mary Mayne of Ardcumber, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Private Joseph Mayne is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne His personal effects, including a letter, 15 photographs, a wallet, a religious medal and a book along with his identity disc were sent home to his family on 11th May 1918.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Joseph Mayne’s Commanding Officer, Rowland Fielding, recommended that Private Mayne be awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery, but this was not awarded and he was posthumously ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ by Sir Douglas Haig’s dispatch on 7th April 1918.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne At the time of his death, Joseph’s elder brother, John, was serving in the Medical Department of 9th Infantry, American Army, in France.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Private Joseph Mayne is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France. Tincourt was used by these Casualty Clearing Stations throughout 1917 and they were still based there at the end of the war.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Private Joseph Mayne was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers when he died of his wounds a short time later that day on Thursday 10th January 1918.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Private Joseph Mayne then collapsed unconscious across his gun. He was taken to No. 55 Casualty Clearing Station at Tincourt.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Private Joseph Mayne, who was in charge of the Lewis-gun, was wounded in many places, including his stomach, his left arm severely damaged. Mortally wounded, and with blood pouring from his arm, he struggled up, and leaning against the parapet, with his unwounded hand discharged a full magazine (47 rounds) into the enemy, who broke and ran. Not one of them reached the Connaught lines.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne On the 10th January 1918 the Battalion was in the front line at Lempire, east of Peronne and came under attack from an enemy raiding party under the cover of a bombardment. The Germans attempted to enter the advanced Lewis-gun post in the Lempire Road, which they bombed, wounding three men but were repulsed. A few minutes before 4.00am the enemy tried to raid one of the Lewis-gun posts, which was placed, necessarily, in an isolated position, well out in ‘No Man’s Land’, about 150 yards in front of the fire trench, in a sunken road that crossed both lines of trenches. The raiders came across the snow in the dark, camouflaged in white overalls. The double sentries on duty in the sunken road heard, but in the darkness could not see any movement in front of them. Hesitating to shoot, they challenged. The immediate reply was a volley of hand grenades.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne The 6th Connaught Rangers fought at the Somme in September 1916 and lost 23 officers and 407 other ranks, almost half its strength. Joseph Mayne was home on leave in Cookstown a number of times, including a period between 18th to 24th August 1917.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne He proceeded to Fermoy, County Cork for training with the 6th Connaught Rangers on 21st July 1915. Following training, the Battalion with the strength of 36 officers and 952 other ranks sailed from Southampton to Le Harve on the 17th December 1915. He had been on active service in France since Christmas 1915.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Joseph Mayne was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 lbs in weight. He named his mother, Mary as next of kin.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne On the formation of the Irish Brigade, Joseph joined the 6th Connaught Rangers on the 19th July 1915 at 61 Mill Street, Belfast, giving his home address as 10 Anne Street, Belfast.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Joseph Mayne was working as a barman in Belfast at the outbreak of the First World War.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne The 1911 census lists Joseph as age 15, living with the family at house 9 in Tullywiggan, Tullaghoge. Joseph had left school and was working on his father’s farm.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne The 1901 census lists Joseph as age 4, living with the family at house 10 in Tullywiggan, Tullaghoge. His father was a farmer.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Possible family: James Mayne, Mary Mayne, William Mayne (born 1st December 1877), Thomas Mayne (born about 1879), Annie Mayne (born 17th March 1880), John Mayne (born 20th February 1882), Edward Mayne (born 30th August 1884), Margaret Mayne (born 8th May 1887), Mary Mayne (born 7th October 1889), Sarah Mayne (born 10th February 1892), James Mayne (born 19th August 1894?), Patrick Mayne (born 10th April 1896), Joseph Mayne (born about 1897).
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Joseph was born about 1897 in either Belfast, or more likely, Cookstown. He was the youngest of eleven children, nine surviving.
21/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Mayne Joseph Mayne was the youngest son of James and Mary Mayne. James Mayne and Mary McCord were married on 11th February 1877 in the district of Cookstown.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone Lance Corporal J W Silkstone has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres in Belgium.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone Lance Corporal John William Silkstone is commemorated on Stewartstown 479 Masonic Roll of Honour.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone Lance Corporal John William Silkstone was serving with the 1st Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 31st July 1917. He was 33 years old.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone John William Silkstone served for a time with the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, No.76568.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone John William Silkstone enlisted in Derby, England.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone The 1911 census lists John William as age 27, living with the family at house 42 in Sherrigrim, Stewartstown. John was a manufacturer's clerk. His mother was a widow.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone The 1901 census does not list John William as living with the family at house 42 in Sherrigrim, Stewartstown, County Tyrone. His father hailed from Tansley, Derbyshire, England. His mother was born in Partick, Scotland. They were a family of cotton weavers.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone Known family: Joseph Silkstone, Mary Silkstone, Alice Maud Silkstone (born about 1881), John William Silkstone (born about 1884), Joseph Silkstone (born about 1887), Thomas Silkstone (born about 1889).
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone John Silkstone was born in Nottingham about 1884. He was one of at least four children, all of whom were born in Derbyshire, England.
19/02/2018 L/Corp John William Silkstone John William Silkstone was the son of Joseph and Mary Silkstone.
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19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus Private Francis McManus is buried in Philosophe British Military Cemetery, Mazingarbe in France.
19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus In his Will, Francis McManus left all to his uncle, Neal Conway, who lived at Lime Hill, Pomeroy.
19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus The 7th Inniskillings lost 13 other men throughout the month of May 1916. 7 men were listed as killed in action and 6 men listed as died of wounds, 4 of those men were formerly of other regiments. After the enemy attack of 27th April 1916, the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was almost at half its normal strength.
19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus Private Francis McManus was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds on Wednesday 31st May 1916. He was 25 years old.
19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus Private McManus also served for a time with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers (No. 21324).
19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus Francis enlisted in Dungannon prior to the war on 15th November 1913, in the Special Reserve of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was living in Pomeroy at the time.
19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus Francis McManus was born Pomeroy about 1891, although no record can be found on GRONI.
19/02/2018 Pte. Francis McManus Last Will and Testament of Private Francis McManus, dated 12th March 1916:
19/02/2018 Pte. Patrick McCann Private Patrick McCann has no known grave and he is commemorated on panel 38-40 on Pozieres Memorial in France.
19/02/2018 Pte. Patrick McCann Private Patrick McCann was serving with the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action during the German Spring Offensive on the 21st March 1918.
19/02/2018 Pte. Patrick McCann Patrick enlisted at Omagh. He was living in Moneymore at the time.
19/02/2018 Pte. Patrick McCann Patrick McCann was born at Ardtrea, County Derry.
19/02/2018 Pte. Leslie Martin Private Leslie Martin has no known grave and is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France.
19/02/2018 Pte. Leslie Martin Private Leslie Martin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action during the German Spring Offensive on 22nd March 1918.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon The CWGC record Private Peter Mallon as the son of John and Catherin Mallon of Church Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon Private Peter Mallon is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon Private Peter Mallon is buried in Croisilles British Cemetery, France. This cemetery is situated between Bapaume and Arras.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon The battalion war diaries tell us that the 9th October was a quiet day as only two soldiers lost their lives. The other man killed on this day was David O’Hara who was born in Newry and lived in Lisburn. There is some speculation that the two men may have died in the same shell hole.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon Private Peter Mallon was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Tuesday 9th October 1917.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon Peter Mallon enlisted in Belfast.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon The 1911 census lists Peter as age 15, living with the family at house 91 in Church Street, Cookstown. Peter had left school and was working as a doffing master in a linen mill.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon Family: John Mallon, Catherine Mallon, James Mallon (born about 1891), Elizabeth Mallon (born about 1894), Peter Mallon (born about 1896), Mary Anne Mallon (born about 1898), Joseph Mallon (born about 1903), Francis Mallon (born about 1906).
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon The 1901 census lists Peter as age 5, living with the family at house 10 in Church Street, Cookstown. His father was a basket maker.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon Peter Mallon was born about 1896. Military records state he was born in Belfast. Both the 1901 census and the 1911 census record him as being born in County Tyrone.
19/02/2018 Pte. Peter Mallon Peter Mallon was the second son of John and Catherine Mallon. They were married about 1891.
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18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon The CWGC Private Edward Mallon as the son of Mary Ann Donnelly (formerly Mallon), of Aghacolumb, Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, and also as the stepson of Mick Donnelly.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon Private Edward Mallon is also commemorated on Stewartstown War Memorial.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon Private Edward Mallon has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon Private Edward Mallon was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon It is thought unlikely that Edward had served with the battalion at Gallipoli.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon Edward Mallon enlisted in Londonderry.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon The 1911 census lists Edward's mother, living with her family at house 14 in Aghacolumb, Killycolpy.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon The 1911 census lists Edward Mallon as age 13, living with his grandparents at house 13 in Aghacolumb, Killycolpy. He was still at school. His grandfather was a farmer.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon Family 2: Michael Donnelly, Mary Ann Donnelly, Anne Donnelly (born 5th September 1903), Catherine Donnelly (born 1st October 1904), Bridget Donnelly (born 10th January 1906).
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon His mother married Michael Donnelly on 27th May 1902 in the district of Cookstown. They went on to have three daughters.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon The 1901 census lists Edward Curran as age 3, living with his mother and grandparents at house 22 in Aghacolumb, Killycolpy, County Tyrone.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon Edward Mallon was born on 24th September 1897 in the Stewartstown area.
18/02/2018 Pte. Edward Mallon Edward Mallon was the only son of Mary Ann Mallon. Father is unknown, but the 1901 census lists Edward’s surname as Curran.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Magee – Died of wounds at Nottingham War Hospital on 24th May, Sergeant Samuel Magee, beloved husband of Sarah Jackson, 28 Sir Michael Street, and third beloved son of Samuel and Annie Magee, 3 Crescent Street. Funeral, with military honours, on Monday First, at 3pm, from the house 28 Sir Michael Street. Friends and brother Orangemen kindly invited to attend.
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18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee From an unknown Scottish newspaper:
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee The CWGC record Lance Sergeant S Magee as the son of Samuel and Annie Magee of 38, Main Street, Greenock. He is also recorded as the husband of Sarah Jackson Magee.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee In 1924 the War Memorial Committee of Greenock published a volume to mark the completion of the Greenock War Memorial in Wellpark. Lance Sergeant Samuel Magee is listed in that book.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee In his will, Samuel left all to his wife.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee At the time of his death, his wife was living at 28 Sir Michael Street, Greenock. His parents were living at 3 Crescent Street, Greenock.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Sergeant Samuel Magee was buried in Greenock Cemetery with full military honours.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Lance Sergeant Samuel Magee was serving with the 1st Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment when he died of wounds at Nottingham War Hospital on Thursday 24th May 1917. He was 33 years old.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Samuel was returned to hospital in England, but his condition gradually worsened.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee The Greenock Telegraph dated 16th May 1917 reports that Sergeant Samuel Magee was wounded. He received severe gunshots to face.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Samuel had gone to France at the outbreak of the war in August 1914.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Samuel Magee enlisted in Belfast. He was living in Greenock, west of Glasgow.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Prior to the war, Samuel Magee had previously served in India and South Africa.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Samuel was with husband of Sarah Jackson Magee.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee According to a newspaper report, Samuel was an Orangeman.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee There was a Samuel McGeagh, born in Cookstown on 27th December 1886. His mother’s maiden name was Mackell. GRONI Ref U/1887/99/1009/16/76.
18/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Samuel Magee was a son of Samuel and Annie Magee. Samuel was born in Cookstown about 1884.
17/02/2018 L/Sgt Samuel Magee Last Will and Testament of Lance Sergeant Samuel Magee
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee In the event of my death, I leave the whole of my property and money to my wife, Mrs Rose A Magee, 16 William Street, Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland. Signed Private 18158, Edward Magee, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers. D Company.
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16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Last Will and Testament of Private Edward Magee dated 13th August 1915:
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16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Private Magee is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and Portadown War Memorial.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Private Edward Magee has no known grave and is commemorated on Jerusalem War Memorial in Israel.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Private Edward Magee was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Sunday 10th March 1918 in Egypt.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Family 2: Edward Magee, Rose Anne Magee, William Magee (born 17th May 1915, Portadown), Joseph Magee (born 13th December 1917, Cookstown).
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Their second son, Joseph, was born on 13th December 1917 in Cookstown.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Edward came to Cookstown to work at Wilson’s Mill.???
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee The family lived at Milburn Street, Cookstown for a time.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee While recovering from his wounds he was allowed home on leave to see his family before going back to active service.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Private Edward Magee was wounded in action at Gallipoli.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee When he wrote his Last Will and Testament on 13th August 1915, his wife was living at 16 William Street, Portadown.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Their first son, William, was born on 17th May 1915 in Portadown.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Edward enlisted in Portadown in February 1915.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Edward Magee and Rose Anne Devlin were married on 17th January 1914 in the district of Craigavon.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee The 1911 census lists Edward as age 25, living with the family at house 13 in Curran Street, Portadown, County Armagh. Edward was a labourer. He was not married. His father was a sawyer.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee The 1901 census lists Edward as age 18, living with the family at house 23 in Curran Street, Portadown. Edward was a fowl butcher. His father was a sawyer.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Known family 1: Edward Magee, Mary A Magee, John Magee (born 31st May 1871), Patrick Magee (born about 1875), Frances Magee (born 18th January 1877), Edward Magee (born 21st November 1881), Margaret Magee (born 18th November 1884), Mary Ann Magee (born 24th March 1889).
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Edward Magee was born on 21st November 1881 in Portadown. He was one of at least six children.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee Edward Magee was the son of Edward and Mary A Magee. Edward Magee and Mary Clayton were married on 28th February 1865 in the district of Craigavon.
16/02/2018 Pte. Edward Magee From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1918:
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14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle 01344
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle On 28th July 1918 at 3.50pm a funeral party landed for ERA Samuel Lyttle.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle In July 1918 HMS Fame was in dry dock in Hong Kong. On 26th July 1918, ERA Lyttle was discharged to hospital.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle The CWGC record Engine Room Artificer S Lyttle as the son of James and Mary Lyttle. He is also recorded as the husband of Florence Lyttle of 208 Willingham Street, Grimsby.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Engine Room Artificer S Lyttle is commemorated on St James, Grimsby WW1 Roll of Honour.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class Samuel Lyttle is buried in Hong Kong Cemetery.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class Samuel Lyttle was serving on board H.M.S. Fame when he died on 28th July 1918. He was 35 years old.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Samuel joined the Royal Navy.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Samuel was married to Florence Lyttle.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Samuel cannot be found on either the 1901 or 1911 Irish Census.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Known family: James Lyttle, Mary Lyttle, Susanna Lyttle (born 20th July 1866), Margaret Lyttle (born 6th June 1867), Unk-female Lyttle (born 22nd April 1869), Unk-female Lyttle (born 7th March 1871), Unk-male Lyttle (born 19th July 1873), Unk-female Lyttle (born 26th October 1875), Unk-female Lyttle (born 27th March 1878), Unk-female Lyttle (born 26th March 1880), Samuel Lyttle (born 23rd December 1882), Unk-male Lyttle (born 17th August 1885).
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle GRONI records for Pomeroy are notoriously poor. Here is the family as far as can be established.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle The spelling of the surname changes throughout the records, Lyttle being preferred here.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Samuel Little was born on 23rd December 1882 in Pomeroy. It seems he was the second youngest of a large family.
14/02/2018 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Samuel Lyttle was the son of James and Mary Lyttle. James Little and Mary Miller were married on 24th February 1859 in the district of Cookstown.
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14/02/2018 Pte. William Long Private William Long is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France.
14/02/2018 Pte. William Long Private William Long was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of his wounds later that day on Tuesday 8th October 1918.
14/02/2018 Pte. William Long The leading Company were caught in this onslaught and the column halted. William was seriously wounded and removed to the Casualty Clearing Station at Tincourt.
14/02/2018 Pte. William Long By October 1918 he had been involved in a number of engagements of the First World War but was seriously wounded at Le Catelet when the enemy put down a barrage.
14/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Logan The 1901 census lists Joseph as age 3, living with the family at house 24 in Broagh, Rocktown, County Londonderry. His mother, father and grandmother were all linen weavers.
14/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Logan In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to Rose Logan, mother, Lemnaroy, Castledawson, County Derry. Joseph Logan, Private 12080, 3rd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 15th January 1917.
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14/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Logan Last Will and Testament of Private Joseph Logan dated 15th January 1917:
14/02/2018 Pte. Joseph Logan In his will, Joseph left all to his mother, Rose Logan, who was living at Lemnaroy near Knockloughrim, Magherafelt.
14/02/2018 L/Corp Charles George Lord He was the only casualty in his Battalion on that day and is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery. Mazingarbe, France.
14/02/2018 Pte. William Long Private William Long, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Millburn Street, Cookstown, died of wounds.
13/02/2018 Pte. Robert J Little Private Robert Little is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery in France.
13/02/2018 Pte. Robert J Little The CWGC record Private Robert Little as the son of William and Eliza Jane Little, of Killymoon Blue Doors, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
13/02/2018 Pte. William George Little From the Mid Ulster Mail in 1915:
13/02/2018 Pte. William George Little Last Will and Testament of Private William George Little dated 23rd March 1915:
13/02/2018 Pte. Alexander (Sandy) Little His father died on 10th October 1909 in Cookstown, aged 52.
13/02/2018 Pte. Alexander (Sandy) Little Known family: Alexander Little, Clara Little, David Bruce Little (born 31st December 1888), Margaret Little (born 25th October 1890), William James Little (born 21st December 1892), Alexander Little (born 26th April 1896), Clara McMinn Little (born 22nd August 1905).
13/02/2018 Pte. Alexander (Sandy) Little The 1901 census lists Alexander as age 4 living with his parents at house 1 in Killyneedan, The Sandholes, Tyrone. His father was a farmer.
13/02/2018 Pte. Alexander (Sandy) Little Alexander was born on 26th April 1896 at Killyneedan, Sandholes. He was one of at least five children.
13/02/2018 Pte. Alexander (Sandy) Little Alexander Little was the youngest son of Alexander and Clara Little. Alexander Little and Clara Morrow were married on 10th July 1885 in the district of Cookstown.
13/02/2018 Pte. Silas Lennox There is no listing of the Lennox family in the 1901 census, and no more children can be found in the GRONI records, so it is assumed they moved to Scotland.
13/02/2018 Pte. Silas Lennox Known family: Eccles Lennox, Martha Lennox, Eccles Lennox (born 29th January 1883), Lizzie Ann Lennox (born 2nd January 1885), William James Lennox (born 25th September 1887), Bella Jane Lennox (born about 1890), Hugh Lennox (born 11th April 1892), Silas Lennox (born 26th May 1894), Hannah Lennox (born 16th April 1897), George Lennox (born 20th July 1899). All listed were born in the Magherafelt area.
13/02/2018 Pte. Silas Lennox Silas Lennox was born on 26th May 1894 in the Bellaghy, Magherafelt. He was one of sixteen children.
13/02/2018 Pte. Silas Lennox By 1883 the family were living in the Magherafelt area.
13/02/2018 Pte. Silas Lennox Silas Lennox was the son of Eccles and Martha Lennox. Eccles Lennox & Martha Tomb were married in September 1881 in Glasgow.
13/02/2018 L/Corp Hugh Lennox Lance Corporal Hugh Lennox is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery in Greece.
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13/02/2018 L/Corp Hugh Lennox Known family: Eccles Lennox, Martha Lennox, Eccles Lennox (born 29th January 1883), Lizzie Ann Lennox (born 2nd January 1885), William James Lennox (born 25th September 1887), Bella Jane Lennox (born about 1890), Hugh Lennox (born 11th April 1892), Silas Lennox (born 26th May 1894), Hannah Lennox (born 16th April 1897), George Lennox (born 20th July 1899). All listed were born in the Magherafelt area.
13/02/2018 L/Corp Hugh Lennox Hugh Lennox was born on 11th April 1892 in the Bellaghy, Magherafelt. He was one of sixteen children.
13/02/2018 L/Corp Hugh Lennox By 1883 the family were living in the Magherafelt area.
13/02/2018 L/Corp Hugh Lennox Hugh Lennox was the son of Eccles and Martha Lennox. Eccles Lennox & Martha Tomb were married in September 1881 in Glasgow.
13/02/2018 Pte. Alexander (Sandy) Little Sandy Little travelled to Finner Camp to enlist with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (‘C’ company) and was sent to France in October 1915.
12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox Francis Lennox’s eldest sister, Elizabeth Lennox, is believed to have a matron at Waveney Hospital, Ballymena.
12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox Matron E Lennox, Waveney Hospital, Ballymena, who has been mentioned for valuable services in connection with the war, is a daughter of the late Mr W J Lennox, of Aughrim, County Derry. Nurse Lennox trained in St George’s Hospital, London, and afterwards was engaged for some time as a sister in Bethnal Green Infirmary, from which she went to the Ballymena Infirmary some ten years ago.
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12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox From the Belfast Newsletter dated 12th March 1917: Ballymena Nurses Honoured
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12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox At a service in Railway Street Presbyterian Church in Lisburn on Sunday 18th April 1920, a Memorial Window was unveiled in memory of 21 men from Railway Street congregation who laid down their lives in the World War One. One of the men listed on the window was James Lennox, believed to be Lance Corporal Francis Lennox.
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12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox Francis John Lennox is pictured below with his two sisters.
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12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox Known family: William Lennox, Margaret Lennox, Elizabeth Lennox (born 8th June 1876), Andrew Lennox (born 17th January 1878), Robert C Lennox (born 24th November 1879), Annie Lennox (born 21st February 1882), James Lennox (born 4th February 1884), William G Lennox (born 27th May 1886), Marshall Lennox (born 9th November 1888), Maria Lennox (born 20th December 1890), Francis John Lennox (born 9th February 1893), Herbert Lennox (born 23rd October 1896), Alfred Lennox (born 2nd November 1898).
12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox Francis was born on 9th February 1893 in Castledawson, County Londonderry. He was one of twelve children, eleven surviving.
12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox Francis John Lennox was the son of William S and Margaret Lennox. William Lennox and Margaret Caulfield were married on 17th September 1875 in the district of Magherafelt.
12/02/2018 L/Corp Francis John Lennox Lance Corporal Francis Lennox is also commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna Lance Corporal McKenna has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna Lance Corporal Laurence McKenna was serving with the 7/8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Thursday 21st March 1918.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna A surprise attack came on the morning of the 21st March 1918. A dense clinging mist enveloped everything and visibility was limited. The battalion became involved in heavy hand to hand fighting. The battalion were routed and forced to withdraw, leaving wounded and dying men where they lay.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna By the time of the German Spring Offensive he had been through many of the main engagements of the First World War.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna Laurence had been promoted to Lance Corporal and had gained vast experience.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna On 23rd August 1917 the 7th Battalion and 8th Battalion amalgamated to form the 7/8th Battalion.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna Laurence enlisted with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Pomeroy.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna The 1911 census lists Laurence as age 22, living with the family at house 4 in Killucan, Killeenan. They were a farming family.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna The 1901 census lists Laurence as age 12, living with the family at house 27 in Killucan, Killeenan, County Tyrone. He was still at school. His father was a farmer.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna Family: Laurence McKenna, Bridget McKenna, Francis McKenna (born 30th January 1885), James McKenna (born 1st December 1886), Laurence McKenna (born 7th November 1888), John McKenna (born 25th August 1891).
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna Laurence was born on 7th November 1888 in Kildress, Cookstown. He was the third of four sons.
10/02/2018 L/Corp Laurence McKenna Laurence McKenna was the son of Laurence and Bridget McKenna. Laurence McKenna and Bridget Loughran were married on 26th February 1884 in the district of Cookstown.
10/02/2018 Pte. Matthew McLaren The CWGC record Private Matthew McLaren as the son of William and Mary McLaren of Moneymore, County Londonderry.
10/02/2018 Pte. Matthew McLaren Private Matthew McLaren is buried in Louez Military Cemetery in Duisans.
10/02/2018 Pte. Matthew McLaren Private Matthew McLaren was serving with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders when he was killed in action on the Wednesday 24th May 1916.
10/02/2018 Pte. Matthew McLaren Matthew McLaren enlisted in Belfast.
10/02/2018 Pte. Matthew McLaren Matthew McLaren was the son of William and Mary McLaren. He was born in County Antrim about 1886.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell The CWGC record Private Wilson McConnell as the son of John and Elizabeth McConnell, of Ballinanallard, Country Fermanagh. He is also recorded as the husband of Sarah Lauchlan McConnell, of Brown's Land, Gartcosh, Glasgow.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Private Wilson McConnell has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Private Wilson McConnell was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st June 1916. Private McConnell was originally listed as missing.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell They were encamped at the small French villages of Mesnil and Martinsart, and much of the following months were spent training with more experienced units on the Western Front.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Private Wilson McConnell arrived in France in October 1915.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Wilson was married to Sarah Loughlin McConnell.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Wilson McConnell enlisted at Coatbridge in Scotland. He is recorded as living in Moneymore at the time.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell The 1901 census lists Wilson as age 17, living with the family at house 18 in Clogher Demesne, Clogher, County Tyrone. Wilson had left school and, like his father, was working as an agricultural labourer.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Known family: John McConnell, Eliza McConnell, Robert McConnell (born 11th February 1882), Wilson McConnell (born 5th January 1884), Kate McConnell (born about 1886), Thomas McConnell (born 15th February 1887).
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Wilson McConnell was born on 5th January 1884 in Trillick, in the district of Omagh.
08/02/2018 Pte. Wilson McConnell Wilson McConnell was a son of John and Elizabeth McConnell (nee Wilson).
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02/02/2018 Pte. William Oliver Hardy 01335
02/02/2018 Pte. William Oliver Hardy Many thanks to Martin Brennan of the Friends of the Somme (Mid Ulster Branch) who found and photographed the grave, after some doubt as to where Private William Hardy was buried.
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02/02/2018 Pte. William Oliver Hardy Private William Hardy was buried with full military honours in Stewartstown.
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