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17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright John Wright was the son of Robert and Susana Wright. Robert Wright married Susan Devlin on 17th May 1890 in the district of Magherafelt.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright John David Wright was born on 30th January 1895 in Desertmartin. He seems to be have been the only son.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright Known family: Robert Wright, Susana Wright, Maggie Wright (born about 1889), Sarah Jane Wright (born 13th May 1891), John David Wright (born 30th January 1895), Anna Mary Annie Wright (born 22nd June 1897), Josephine Martha Wright (born 22nd February 1900), Emily Wright (born 22nd October 1902).
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright The 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 35 in Grange, Desertmartin, County Londonderry. His father was a farm labourer.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright It seems his father, Robert Wright, died aged 36 on 4th May 1902 in the Magherafelt district. John was seven years old.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright The 1911 census lists John as age 16 living with the family at house 10 in Rosgarland, Desertmartin. John was a farm labourer. His mother was a widow.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright John enlisted in Cookstown as David Wright.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright Private John David Wright was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in the assault on Scimitar Hill during the Gallipoli Campaign on 21st August 1915.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright Private John David Wright has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey.
17/04/2016 Pte. John David Wright The CWGC record Private John Wright as the Son of Mrs Susan Wright of Rosegarland, Magherafelt, County Derry.
16/04/2016 Pte. John Jordan From the Belfast Newsletter dated 26th May 1915:
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16/04/2016 Pte. John Jordan The relatives of Private John Jordan, Moneymore, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, have received intimation that he was killed in action on the 14th May. Private Jordan, who was a reservist, took an active part in the work of the Ulster Volunteer Force before being called up. One of his brothers is in his battalion, while two others are in training at Randalstown.
16/04/2016 Pte. John Jordan John Jordan took an active part in the work of the Ulster Volunteer Force.
16/04/2016 2nd Lieut Robert James Noel Stuart From the Belfast Newsletter dated 31st May 1915: Lord Castle Stewart's Nephew
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16/04/2016 2nd Lieut Robert James Noel Stuart It is officially announced that Second Lieutenant Robert James Noel Stuart, Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action in northern France on 17th May. The deceased, who was born on 23rd October 1886, was the only child of the late Mr Horace Noel Stuart, brother of the sixth and present Earl of Castle Stewart, of Stewartstown, County Tyrone. He received his commission in August. The Earls of Castle Stewart, although their peerage is an Irish one, are of Scottish descent, deriving from a son of Murdoch, second Duke of Albany. Curiously they would have been Scottish peers had not their ancestor, the third Lord Ochiltree, by a process not now competent, got rid of his Scottish peerage and obtained an Irish peerage from King James VI, who had made him a grant of lands in County Tyrone, where this family still resides in Stuart Hall. The Earlís second son, Captain the Honourable R S Stewart, also of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, has been missing for some time.
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14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock William Murdock was the eldest son of Richard and Bess Murdock. Richard Murdock married Elizabeth McKinney on 22nd February 1870 in the district of Cookstown.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock William Murdock was born on 11th February 1873 in Unagh, Lissan, Cookstown. He was one of eight children (1911 census).
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock Known Family: Richard Murdock, Eliza Murdock, Mary Murdock (born 13th January 1871), William Murdock (born 11th February 1873), Eliza Murdock (born 19th July 1876), Richard Murdock (born 20th December 1878), George Murdock (born 12th September 1881), Annie Murdock (born 16th March 1884), Sarah Murdock (born about 1888).
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock The 1901 census does not list William as living with the family at house 11 in Unagh, Lissan Lower, County Tyrone. His father was a gamekeeper. His mother was servant and cook.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock The 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 16 in Unagh, Lissan Lower. His father was a farmer.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock At the outbreak of the First World War William had already served twenty-one years in the British Army. He first saw action in South Africa at the time of the Jameson raid.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock He later went to India and was stationed there until the Boer War started. He was then sent back to South Africa and took part in a number of engagements without injury.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock Company Sergeant Major William Murdock served six more years in India and the last two years of his service were spent in Perth.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock In July 1914 he retired on a pension and went to live in Edinburgh. When war was declared he was called up and was engaged for several months training troops in England. He was sent to France with his Regiment during the summer of 1915.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock By September 1915 plans were in place for what became the Battle of Loos and it was during the first morning of the offensive that William was killed in action.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock Company Sergeant Major William Murdock was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) when he was killed in action in Loos on Saturday 25th September 1915.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock The attack began at 6.30am and by about 7.20am the 9th Battalion had taken the second German line and were fighting their way through the village of Loos when William was killed.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock Company Sergeant Major William Murdock has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. The memorial forms the sides and back of Dud Corner Cemetery. It commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay. Loos-en-Gohelle is a village five kilometres north-west of Lens in France.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock C.S.M. William Murdock left a widow and five children.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock William Murdock is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and First Presbyterian Roll of Honour, Cookstown.
14/04/2016 C.S.M. William Murdock Williamís father Richard died on 5th February 1917. In his will, which describes him as a gamekeeper, he left 34 pounds to his second oldest son, Richard Murdock, who was a school teacher.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir James Weir was the eldest son of James and Margaret Weir. James Weir married Margaret Watson on13th November 1886 in the district of Cookstown.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir William James Weir was born on 10th December 1890 in Moneymore. He was one of six children.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir Family: James Weir, Margaret Weir, Mary Anne Weir (born 27th April 1888, Cookstown), William James Weir (born 10th December 1890, Moneymore), Hamilton Weir (born 17th March 1893, Moneymore), Robert J Weir (born 24th July 1895, Moneymore), Edward Alexander Weir (born 25th May 1897, Moneymore), Samuel Weir (born 11th June 1900, Ballycarry, Larne).
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir The 1901 census lists William J as age 10 living with the family at house 18 in Ballynian, The Grove, County Londonderry. The townland of Ballynian lies just east of Swatragh. James Weir was a ploughman. Margaret Weir was a seamstress.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir The 1911 census does not list William James as living with the family at house 1 in Craigavole, The Grove, Londonderry. His father was a farm labourer and caretaker.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir James Weir enlisted in Glasgow where he was living at the time.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir Private James Weir was serving with 1st Battalion of the Kingís Own Scottish Borderers when he was killed in action on 26th April 1915 at Gallipoli.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir Private W J Weir has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli in Turkey.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir Private William James Weirís brother, Sergeant Edward Alexander Weir, was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds on Monday 14th October 1918, just three days after the war ended. He was 21 years old.
12/04/2016 Pte. William James Weir William James was in the King's Own Scottish Borderers and had served for four years in India. He was stationed in Gibraltar for some time and in May 1915 was serving with his battalion at the Dardanelles.
04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 5th August 1916: Magherafelt: Francis Tohill (brother of Henry)
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04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill F Tohill, Magherafelt, is officially reported wounded.
04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 9th September 1916: James Tohill (brother of Henry)
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04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill Private James Tohill is home on ten days leave at Magherafelt. He was gassed at Loos and has been in hospital in England since. He has two other brothers serving, John in Salonika, and another at present in England, having been wounded in France for the fourth time. A fourth member of this patriotic family is missing since the landing at Suvla Bay.
04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 16th September 1916: Francis Tohill (brother of Henry)
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04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill Henry Tohill, Rainey Street, Magherafelt, has received a card from his son, Private Francis Tohill, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, that he was wounded on 4th September, and is now in hospital in Manchester. This is the fourth time Private Tohill has been wounded.
04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 23rd September 1916: Francis Tohill (brother of Henry)
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04/04/2016 Pte. Henry (Harry) Tohill Private Francis Tohill, Inniskilling Fusiliers, 16th Division (Irish Brigade), who is at present lying wounded in a Manchester hospital, writing to his mother, Mrs Tohill, Rainey Street, states that he was wounded in the Battle of the Somme on 9th September. His division got a bad cutting up, but he escaped he says, thank God, with a small wound in the left arm. The battle was terrible and the sight of the dead and the dying appalling. The Irishmen leaped from the trenches and charged across the shell swept No Manís Land with irresistible dash. He says he is glad to be an Irishman, and proud of his comrades for the fight they made. It may be added that Private Tohill was wounded three times previously at the Dardanelles. He has two brothers serving.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Francis Tohill was the eldest son (tbc) of Peter and Mary Annie Tohill. Peter Tohill married Mary Cargan on 14th September 1891 in the district of Magherafelt.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Surname derivatives: Taughill, Toghill, Tohill, Toughill
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Francis Tohill was born on 13th June 1895 in Magherafelt. He was one of either five or six children.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill The 1901 census lists Francis as age 5 living with the family at house 8 in Ballyheifer, Magherafelt, County Londonderry. His father was a farmer.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Known family: Peter Tohill, Mary Annie Tohill, Francis Tohill (born 13th June 1895), Annie Jane Tohill (born 12th January 1897), Peter Alphonsus Tohill (born 8th May 1899), James Augustine Tohill (born 27th January 1902), Hugh Alosous Tohill (born 14th April 1904).
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill The 1911 census lists Francis as age 15 living with the family at house 44 in Queen Street, Magherafelt. His father was a butcher and Francis was a butcherís assistant.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Francis Tohill enlisted in Cookstown.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Private Francis Tohill was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action during the Battle of Arras on Saturday 19th May 1917.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill Private Francis Tohill has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France. The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, in the western part of the town of Arras. It commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918 and have no known grave.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill In his will he left all to his mother, Mrs P Tohill, who was living at Queen Street Magherafelt.
04/04/2016 Pte. Francis Tohill The CWGC records his service number as 3245. Almost all the military references refer to his number being 3246.
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