Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney William Teaney was the son of Joseph and Sarah Teaney.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney William was born on 25th April 1880 in Magherafelt.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney The 1901 census lists William as a shoemaker, age 20, at house 14 in Queen Street, Magherafelt.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney The 1911 census lists William as a shoemaker, age 34, at house 45 in Queen Street, Magherafelt. His mother was a widow.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney Last Will and Testament of Private William Teaney dated 8th September 1916:
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28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my wife, Mrs Teaney of Meeting Street, Magherafelt, County Derry.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney William Teaney married Rosanne Nelson on 6th January 1915 in the district of Magherafelt.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney William Teaney enlisted in Cookstown.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney Private William Teaney was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Tuesday 6th February 1917 in the Somme region.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney In his will, William left all to his wife.
28/03/2016 Pte. William Teaney Private William Teaney has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
28/03/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Last Will and Testament of Private Francis Tohill:
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28/03/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother Mrs P Tohill, Queen Street, Magherafelt. County Derry, Ireland.
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24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Abraham Stewart was the eldest son of Abraham and Elizabeth Stewart.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Abraham Stewart was born on 29th July 1893 in Magherafelt. He was the first of thirteen children, ten surviving.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Abraham Stewart married Elizabeth Loan on 21st May 1894 in the district of Magherafelt.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart The 1901 census lists Abraham as 9 years old, living with the family at 14 Aughagaskin, Magherafelt. His father was a farmer.
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24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th January 1916:
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24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Family: Abraham Stewart, Elizabeth Stewart, Mary Ann Loan (born about 1892), Abraham Loan (born 29th July 1893), John Stewart (born 29th August 1894), Jane Stewart (born 25th March 1896), Lizzie Stewart (born about 1898), William Stewart (born 15th April 1897), Thomas Stewart (born 2nd March 1898), Winifred Stewart (born 18th May 1899), Matthew Stewart (born 18th October 1900), Margaret Stewart (born 10th April 1902), William Stewart (born 8th July 1903), Francis Stewart (born 28th July 1904), James Stewart (born 6th May 1907), George Stewart (born 8th August 1910).
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Abraham Stewart joined the Special Reserve about 1910.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart The 1911 census does not list Abraham as living with the family at house 33 in Gortalowry, Cookstown Rural, Tyrone. His father was a labourer.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Abraham was called up in June 1914 and sent to Finner Camp for a hurried few weeks of training.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Private Abraham Stewart was serving with 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds on Thursday 5th November 1914.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Private Stewart is buried in Wimereux Cemetery, Boulogne, France.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Abraham Stewart is commemorated on St. Luranís Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Abraham Stewart had relatives in Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt.
24/03/2016 Pte. Abraham Stewart Private Stewart went to the Front with the first draft in October.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk Samuel Junk was born at Ardboe, County Tyrone.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk Samuel Junk living in Stewartstown at the outbreak of war. He enlisted in Cookstown.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk Private Samuel Junk was had served with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers for nearly two years by the time of the Battle of Messines in 1917.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk The Battle of Messines was launched on 7th June 1917 by British General Herbert Plumerís second army, which included the 36th (Ulster) and the 16th (Irish) Divisions, near the village of Mesen in Belgium. The target for the offensive was a ridge running north from Mesen village past Wytschaete village (which the Ulster and Irish Divisions eventually overran). The ridge was a natural stronghold southwest of Ypres.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk For more than a year the allies had tunnelled under the German trenches and placed 455 tonnes (1,000,000 lb) of ammonal explosive. Twenty one mines were eventually placed under the German front lines. The detonation of the mines were all timed to go off at 3.10am on the morning of 7th June 1917, this was preceded by a heavy artillery bombardment. When 19 of the original 21 mines exploded, the noise was said to have been heard as far away as London, and was possibly the loudest man made noise up to that date. In Switzerland the explosions registered as an earthquake. Some estimates put the German casualties of the initial mine explosions at 10,000 men.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk The explosions were followed by nine divisions of infantry advancing under the cover of a creeping barrage of artillery fire.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk The task of the 9th Inniskillings that day was to support the 11th Inniskillings in the advance and to push through to the far side of the village of Wytschaete.
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14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk Private Samuel Junk was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Thursday 7th 1917.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk Private S Junk is buried in Irish House Cemetery.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk The two mines which failed to detonate on the morning of 7th June 1917 remained undetected until years after the war as details of their placements were lost, much to the discomfort of people who lived in the region. During a thunder storm on 17th June 1955 one of the mines detonated, the only casualty was a cow grazing in a field nearby. The second mine is thought to have been recently pinpointed, but is yet to be recovered.
14/03/2016 Pte. Samuel Junk Last Will and Testament of Private Samuel Junk dated 3rd August 1916:
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill Charles OíNeill was the eldest son of William and Mary O'Neill (nee McIlvenna). Charles was born on 4th August 1892 in the Moneymore area.
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill Family: William O'Neill, Mary O'Neill, Charles O'Neill (born 4th August 1892). Thomas John O'Neill (born 19th May 1893), Henry Jas O'Neill (born 8th August 1894), Margaret O'Neill (born 1st November 1895), William O'Neill (born 21st April 1898), Joseph O'Neill (born 19th April 1900).
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill The 1901 census lists Charles as age 9, living with the family at house 8 in Ballymulligan, Loop, County Londonderry. His father was a ploughman.
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill The 1911 census lists Charles as age 19, a farm servant along with his younger brother Thomas, at house 10 in Ballynewy, Springhill, County Londonderry. He was working for William John Scott, a farmer.
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill Charles enlisted with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Magherafelt.
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill Charles OíNeill was serving with the 7th/8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Thursday 21st March 1918. He was 25 years old.
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill It was the first day of the German Spring Offensive, also known as the Lundendorf Offensive.
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill Private Charles OíNeill has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 38-40 on Pozieres Memorial, France.
02/03/2016 Pte. Charles O'Neill The CWGC record Private Charles OíNeill as the son of Mary O'Neill of Ballyrogully, Loup, Moneymore, County Derry, and the late William O'Neill.
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