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31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot John Arbuthnot was the son of William Arbuthnot. He was born in Stewartstown, County Tyrone about 1888.
31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot John Arbuthnot enlisted in Dungannon.
31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot On 15th May 1915, on the eve of the Battle of Festubert, the 2nd Battalion of the Inniskillings were preparing an attack at night as recent daylight attacks had failed to gain any ground.
31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot Private John Arbuthnot was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Sunday 16th May 1915.
31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot In the aftermath of the night attack, battalion casualties were high. 240 men were killed, including local men, John Arbuthnot, James Hamilton, Edward Lavery, Robert Lawless, James Lawlor, Patrick Taylor, James Owens, Alex McIlree and Michael Lawn (who died of his wounds on 17th May 1915).
31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot Private John Arbuthnot has no known grave and is commemorated Le Touret Memorial in France.
31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot Private Arbuthnot is also commemorated on Dungannon War Memorial.
31/07/2017 Pte. John Arbuthnot The CWGC record Private John Arbuthnot as the son of William Arbuthnot of Creamery Row, Newmills, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
29/07/2017 Reg QM Sgt James Alex Bell Barlowe Postcard from August 1915 to Sgt J A B Barlowe, 17th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, Newcastle, County Down:
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29/07/2017 Reg QM Sgt James Alex Bell Barlowe Read your letter and was glad to hear from you. Would have written sooner but have been on holidays this past month. Weather have been ideal now. I suppose same with you. Did you hear Jack Wright was home? He is still fit and fine. Stewart and all the other boys are in the pink. I suppose you will be home every fortnight. Jim has started business. Kind Regards, Mai
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29/07/2017 Pte. John James Beach Last Will and Testament of Private J Beach:
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29/07/2017 Pte. John James Beach In the event of my death, I leave the half of my property to my wife: Annie Beach, Church Street, Cookstown, and half to my mother, Anne Beach, 21 Barrack Hill, Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland. Signature 11417 Private J Beach, 5th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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29/07/2017 Pte. John James Beach In his will, he left half his property to his wife, who was living in Cookstown. He left the other half to his mother, who was living at 21 Barrack Hill, Belturbet, County Cavan.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Last Will and Testament of Lance Corporal Thomas Graham dated 8th December 1916:
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28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to Mrs Mary Jane Graham, mother, Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry, County Antrim. Lance Corporal Thomas Graham, 17756, 18th Reserve Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Thomas Graham was the second youngest son of William and Mary Jane Graham. William Graham married Mary Jane Trimble on 17th October 1885 in the district of Cookstown.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Thomas Graham was born in Cookstown on 25th August 1894. He was one of eight children, seven surviving.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Family: William Graham, Mary Jane Graham, Matthew Graham (born 11th November 1886), Samuel Graham (born 11th November 1888), William George Graham (born 5th May 1890), Sarah Graham (born 14th July 1891), Annie Sarah Graham (born 27th June 1893), Thomas Graham (born 25th August 1894), Margaret Elizabeth Graham (born 19th November 1897), Joseph Graham (born 1st February 1900).
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham The 1901 census lists Thomas as age 6, living with the family at house 42 in Church Street, Cookstown. William Graham was a beetler in a factory.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham The 1911 census lists Thomas as age 16, living at house 29 in Killymoon Street, Cookstown. Thomas was an apprentice linen lapper. His mother was a widow and worked as a linen weaver.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham The family moved to Dunmurry, near Lisburn, before the start of the First World War.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Thomas enlisted in Lisburn.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Thomasís brother, Private William Graham, was killed in action at Gallipoli in August 1915.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham He may have embarked for France from Bordon Camp as a Rifleman in 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles in October 1915.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Corporal Thomas Graham was serving with B company of the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when was killed in action on Sunday 14th April 1918. The Battalion lost a total of ten men on this day.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham In his will, he left all to his mother.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Corporal Thomas Graham is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Cemetery, thirteen kilometres south of Ypres in Belgium.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham Oddly only Corporal Thomas Graham is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial. Private William Graham is not.
28/07/2017 Corp Thomas Graham The CWGC record Corporal Thomas Graham as the son of William and Mary Jane Graham of 12 Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry, County Antrim.
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28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham Last Will and Testament of Private Graham dated 27th October 1914:
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28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham In the event of my death, I leave all of my belongings to my mother (money and all my articles and all I have), to Mrs M J Graham, No 12 Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry, County Antrim, Ireland. Signed Private G Gordon, No 3768, 3rd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham William George Graham was the third son of William and Mary Jane Graham. William Graham married Mary Jane Trimble on 17th October 1885 in the district of Cookstown.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham William Graham was born in Cookstown on 5th May 1890. He was one of eight children, seven surviving.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham Family: William Graham, Mary Jane Graham, Matthew Graham (born 11th November 1886), Samuel Graham (born 11th November 1888), William George Graham (born 5th May 1890), Sarah Graham (born 14th July 1891), Annie Sarah Graham (born 27th June 1893), Thomas Graham (born 25th August 1894), Margaret Elizabeth Graham (born 19th November 1897), Joseph Graham (born 1st February 1900).
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham The 1901 census lists William as age 11, living with the family at house 42 in Church Street, Cookstown. William Graham was a beetler in a factory.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham William enlisted in Cookstown.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham The 1911 census lists a W G Graham, age 18, in barracks at 28.2 in Gortmore, Omagh County Tyrone.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham The 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 29 in Killymoon Street, Cookstown. His mother was a widow and worked as a linen weaver.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham The family moved to Dunmurry, near Lisburn, before the start of the First World War.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham Private William George Graham was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action along with Thomas Devlin and John Rafferty during the assault on Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli, on Saturday 21st August 1915.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham In his will, he left all to his mother.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham Private William Graham has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham Williamís brother, Corporal Thomas Graham, was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when was he killed in action near Ypres on 14th April 1918.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham The CWGC record Private William Graham as the son of Mary J Graham of Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry, County Antrim, and also a son of the late William Graham.
28/07/2017 Pte. William George Graham Oddly only Corporal Thomas Graham is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial. Private William Graham is not.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson On enlistment he named his brother Henry as next of kin, which would indicate that both parents were dead by then. Henry lived at 13 Alaska Street, Belfast.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson James enlisted in Hamilton while he was living and working in Scotland.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson Private James Gibson was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. James when he was killed in action on Friday 18th May 1917.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson In his will, Private Gibson left all to his brother.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson Private James Gibson has no known grave and is commemorated on Arras Memorial.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson Private Gibson was one of three men who were killed in action on this day, whose bodies couldnít be recovered. None of them has a known grave and are commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 6. The others were John Veysey, an Englishman from Berkshire who had transferred to the Royal Inniskillings, and John McCullough from Ardstraw, County Tyrone.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson The CWGC record Private James Gibson as the brother of Henry Gibson of 13 Alaska Street, Belfast.
26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson Last Will and Testament of Private James Gibson:
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26/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my brother: Henry Alfred Gibson, 13 Alaska Street, Belfast, Ireland. 28157 Private James Gibson, Royal Inniskillings.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham Thomas John Graham was the son of Thomas and Annie Graham. Thomas Graham married Annie Ellison on 23rd May 1888 in the district of Cookstown.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham Thomas John Graham was born on 18th May 1897 in the Pomeroy area. He was one of twelve children, eleven surviving.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham The 1901 census lists Thomas John as age 3, living with family at house 30 in Cavanakeeran, Pomeroy, County Tyrone. His father was a Civil Bill Officer. He would have worked for the Court, issuing summonses.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham Family: Thomas Graham, Annie Graham, James Graham (born 31st May 1889), Dickson Graham (born 14th August 1890), Alexander Graham (born 2nd December 1892), Annie Graham (born 8th October 1894), Thomas John Graham (born 18th May 1897), Minnie K Graham (born 27th August 1899), Ellen Jane Graham (born 11th June 1901), Christina Graham (born 31st May 1903), David Graham (born 18th December 1904), William Graham (born 19th September 1906), Joseph Samuel Graham (born 5th February 1908), Sarah Graham (born 4th November 1910).
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham The 1911 census lists Thomas John as age 14, living with family at house 25 in Cavanakeeran, Pomeroy. His fatherís occupation remained the same.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham Thomas John Graham enlisted in Belfast. He lived for a time at 20 Distillery Street in the city.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham Rifleman Thomas John Graham was serving with the 14th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on Sunday 16th December 1917. He was the only man from his battalion killed on this day.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham Rifleman Thomas John Graham has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
26/07/2017 R/man Thomas John Graham ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION INCLUDING FAMILY AND DATES ARE PROVISIONAL, AS NOTHING HAS BEEN FOUND TO LINK THE SOLDIER WITH THE CENSUS DETAILS. THIS IS A ĎBEST-FITí GUESS AND REQUIRES CONFIRMATION
25/07/2017 Pte. James Gibson James Gibson was born in the parish of Derryloran, Cookstown about 1897.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner John Faulkner was born in the Cookstown area on 5th October 1896. He was the eldest of seven children, six surviving.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner The 1901 census lists John as age 4, living with the family at house 1 in Coolkeeghan, Tullaghoge, County Tyrone. His father was a farmer.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner Family: William Faulkner, Sarah Jane Faulkner, John Faulkner (born 5th October 1896), Thomas George William Faulkner (born 26th March 1898), Harriet Faulkner (born 30th November 1899, died 17th September 1903, aged 3), Mary Faulkner (born 25th August 1901), Kathleen Sarah Faulkner (born 30th November 1902), William Faulkner (born 10th June 1904), Evelyn Hazel Faulkner (born 10th December 1906).
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner The 1911 census lists John as age 14 at house 3 in Coolkeegan, Cookstown, County Tyrone. John was still at school.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner At the outbreak of the First World War John Faulkner enlisted at Randalstown, County Antrim, and was trained at Finner Camp, Ballyshannon, County Donegal.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner The 14th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles went to France in October 1915 as part of the 36th Ulster Division.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner Rifleman John Faulkner was serving with the 14th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in his first major engagement, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner Rifleman John Faulkner has no known grave and he is commemorated on panel 15A-15B on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner Rifleman John Faulkner is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and on Second Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.
24/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner The CWGC record Rifleman John Faulkner as the son of William Faulkner of Coolkeeghan, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
23/07/2017 R/man John Faulkner John Faulkner was the eldest son of William and Sarah Jane Faulkner. William Faulkner married Sarah Speers on 16th January 1896 in the district of Cookstown.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Alexander Freeburn was the son of David and Mary Freeburn. David Freeburn married Mary Brown on 1st November 1884 in the district of Cookstown.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Alexander Freeburn was born in Derryloran, Cookstown on 12th June 1892. He was one of at least thirteen children, including two sets of twins.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Known family: David Freeburn, Mary Freeburn, Mary Freeburn (born 2nd April 1885), Robert Freeburn (born 23rd November 1887), John Freeburn (born 1st January 1888), Martha Freeburn (born 1st January 1888), David Freeburn (born 4th May 1890), Alexander Freeburn (born 12th June 1892), Thomas John Freeburn (born 25th September 1895), Rebecca Freeburn (born 12th June 1897), Charles Freeburn (born 28th February 1899), Sarah Jane Freeburn (born 22nd March 1901), Edward Freeburn (born 3rd August 1902), Rachel Freeburn (born 26th November 1905), Samuel Freeburn (born 26th November 1905, died 26th December 1905).
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn The 1901 census lists Alexander as age 9, living with the family at house 6 in Aughlish, Orritor, Cookstown. David Freeburn was a carpenter. Two children worked in a linen factory.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Alexanderís mother died sometime between 1905 and 1911.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Prior to enlisting, Alexander worked as a solicitorís clerk in Omagh.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn He joined the Army in Cookstown in 1910 and was drafted into the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn The 1911 census does not list Alexander as living with the family at house 9 in Aughlish, Orritor. His father was a widower.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn He went with them to China and later was stationed in Secunderabad in India.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Lance Corporal Freeburn arrived at the Gallipoli Peninsula, Dardanelles in April 1915.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Lance Corporal Alexander Freeburn was killed in action on the 18th May 1915 while the 1st Inniskillings were holding the line between Ghurkha Bluff and Big Nullah on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Newspaper reports suggest that his father worked at Adairís Mill at Greenvale.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Lance Corporal A Freeburn is commemorated on Special Memorial C 119 in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Alexanderís brother, Thomas John Freeburn, served with the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War and survived.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn Lance Corporal Alexander Freeburn is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and on Second Presbyterian Cookstownís Roll of Honour.
22/07/2017 L/Corp Alexander Freeburn The CWGC have Alexander Freeburn incorrectly tagged a Private. His medal card and other military records all confirm that he was a Lance Corporal.
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22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Thomas Espey was the son of James and Elizabeth Espey. James Espey married Elizabeth Dunne on 10th October 1874 in the district of Cookstown.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Thomas Espey was born on 18th May 1878 in Gortreagh, Cookstown. He was one of at least four children.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Known Family (1): James Espey, Elizabeth Espie, William Espey (born 5th February 1877), Thomas Espey (born 18th May 1878), Annie Espey (born 22nd February 1880), Elizabeth Espey (born 27th April 1882).
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey The 1901 census lists Thomas as age 23, living with family and other relatives at house 1 in Gortreagh, Orritor, Cookstown. Thomas was a railway clerk. His father was a farmer and a widower.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Thomas emigrated to South Africa.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Thomas married Florence Espey, possibly around 1908, and they had two sons.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Known family (2): Thomas Espey, Florence Espey, Son age 8 (born about 1910), Son age 9 (born about 1909).
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Prior to enlisting, Thomas was a Carrier's Contractor and lived in Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Thomas Espey enlisted with the 4th Regiment of the South African Infantry on 16th August 1915.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey South Africa raised a brigade of four Infantry Battalions for the Western Front, in addition to 5 Batteries of Heavy Artillery, a Field Ambulance, a Royal Engineers Signal Company and a General Hospital. It is also estimated that around 3,000 South African men joined the Royal Flying Corps. The Infantry battalions were raised from the four main provinces of the South African Union. 1st Regiment (Cape Province), 2nd Regiment (Natal and Orange Free State), 3rd Regiment (Transvaal and Rhodesia).
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey The 4th Regiment was unique in its formation. Known as the South African Scottish, it was raised from the Transvaal Scottish and Cape Town Highlanders and wore the Atholl Murray tartan as part of their uniform.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey While in France the entire Brigade came under orders from the 9th Scottish Division and their first major engagement there, was at the Somme in July 1916, where the 4th Regiment was involved in the fighting at Trones Wood. Then the entire brigade attacked at Longeuval (Delville Wood) on the afternoon of 14th July 1916.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Corporal Espey was one of the 143 survivors who left Delville Wood on 20 July 1916.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Longeuval is the site where the South African Memorial and Museum stand today.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey The Brigade went on to take part in the Battle of Arras and Third Battle of Ypres in 1917.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Corporal Thomas Espey was serving with the 4th Regiment of the South African Infantry when he was killed in action on 7th January 1918.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey The Brigade saw action at Gauche Wood in March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. When the Germans launched their second major offensive in 1918 during the second phase of the Battle of Lys, the Brigade was ordered to counter attack at Messines.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey On the 24th April 1918 the 1st, 2nd, and 4th, Regiments were amalgamated, temporarily becoming South African Regiment and were reformed again in September 1918.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey On the 11th September 1918, the brigade finally parted with the 9th Scottish Division and joined the 66th (2nd West Lancashire) Division and aided in the recapture of Le Cateau on the 17th - 18th October 1918. Over 146,000 men served with South African Units during World War 1 with 18,600 casualties including 6,600 dead.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Corporal Thomas Espey is buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le Grand, France.
22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey Corporal Thomas Espey is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
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22/07/2017 Corp Thomas Espey In March 2015, various items relating to Corporal Thomas Espey were sold on a South African online auction website. Below are some of the images relating to that collection.
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21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin James Ekin was the son of James and Josephine Ekin. James was born in 1897 in Burwood, Sydney, Australia.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin His father, James Ekin, had worked for many years in the Belfast Bank in Cookstown and Dungannon before emigrating to Australia.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Family: James Ekin, Josephine Alice Ekin, Kathleen Ekin (born 1889, Sydney), Leslie Montrose Ekin (born 1893, Sydney), James Ekin (born 1897, Sydney), William John Ekin (born 1899, Sydney), Sydney Montrose Ekin (born 1910, London).
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin By 1910 the family had returned from Australia and were living in London.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin The 1911 British census records that James was living with the family at 5 Redcliffe Square, South Kensington. James Ekin, 57, was a retired property owner from County Tyrone, Ireland. Jamesí mother, Alice, 43, was from London.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Second Lieutenant James Ekin was serving with the 8th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Second Lieutenant James Ekin had been reported missing on 1st July 1916 and his body was found later.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Jamesí brother, Leslie Montrose Ekin was also serving with the 8th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment and was also killed that day.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin The local newspaper reports that they were the nephews of Messrs. W and J Ekin of Ballymoyle, Coagh, and Mrs Sanford, Moneymore, and were cousins of Mr Hugh Thompson, a Cookstown councillor.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Today the two brothers lie less than a mile apart in France. Second Lieutenant James Ekin is buried at Lonsdale Cemetery in Authuile, Albert in the Somme region of France.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin The CWGC record Second Lieutenant James Ekin as the son of James and Josephine Alice Ekin of De Walden Court, Eastbourne. He is recorded as being a native of Sydney, Australia.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Second Lieutenant James Ekinís youngest brother, Sidney Ekin, was killed in Tunisia on 21st January 1943 whilst serving with the Second Battalion of the London Irish Rifles.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT ANY OF THE EKIN BROTHERS EVER LIVED IN THE COOKSTOWN AREA.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Private James Ekin served with the Rifle Brigade for a time, Service No. 2/2845.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 23rd September 1916: Second Lieutenant Leslie Montrose Ekin, M.C.
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21/07/2017 2nd Lieut James Ekin Machine Gun Officer of the York and Lancaster Regiment, killed 1st July. Lieutenant Ekin was one of three soldier sons of Mr and Mrs James Ekin, of London. His father may have been remembered as been in the Belfast Bank, both in the Cookstown and Dungannon branches, in the seventies. The deceased officer was a nephew of Messrs W and J Ekin, of Ballymoile, and of Mrs Sandford, Moneymore, and he is a cousin of Mr Hugh Thompson, C. Clr., and Mrs Ekin, Belfast Bank House, Cookstown. He was just 22 years of age. Educated at Sydney Grammar School, he came to England with his parents and had selected law as a profession. He was a member of the Middle Temple and was going to Oxford when the war broke out. He joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. immediately and got his commission in December 1914. For bravery on the field he was awarded the Military Cross, but was killed before he could receive it. His younger brother, of the same battalion, was reported missing since 1st July and has not been heard of since. Their commanding officer, writing to their father says:- ĎYour two sons led their men across No Manís Land with the utmost gallantry and with the rest of the battalion, earned undying fame.í
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21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. Leslie Montrose Ekin was the eldest son of James and Josephine Ekin. Leslie was born in 1893 in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. His father, James Ekin, had worked for many years in the Belfast Bank in Cookstown and Dungannon before emigrating to Australia.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. Family: James Ekin, Josephine Alice Ekin, Kathleen Ekin (born 1889, Sydney), Leslie Montrose Ekin (born 1893, Sydney), James Ekin (born 1897, Sydney), William John Ekin (born 1899, Sydney), Sydney Montrose Ekin (born 1910, London).
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. Leslie was educated at Sydney Grammar School.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. By 1910 the family had returned from Australia and were living in London.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. The 1911 British census records that Leslie was a 17-year-old student was living with the family at 5 Redcliffe Square, South Kensington. James Ekin, 57, was a retired property owner from County Tyrone, Ireland. Jamesí mother, Alice, 43, was from London.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. Leslie was studying Law and was a member of the Middle Temple and was going to Oxford University when war broke out.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. Leslie Montrose Ekin joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps (O.T.C.) and received his commission in December 1914.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. 2nd Lieutenant Leslie Montrose Ekin was attached as a machine gun officer to the York and Lancaster Regiment. On 1st July 1916 as the two brothers led their men across ĎNo Manís Landí and, though seriously wounded, Leslie managed to hold his line of advance with his machine gun team, then taking control of the gun himself before he was cut down. For his bravery he was awarded the Military Cross.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. His younger brother James had been reported missing on 1st July 1916 and his body was found later.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. Leslie Montrose Ekin is commemorated on the Old Manorians Memorial in Clapham, London.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. The local Cookstown newspaper reports that they were the nephews of Messrs. W and J Ekin of Ballymoyle, Coagh, and Mrs Sanford, Moneymore, and were cousins of Mr Hugh Thompson, a Cookstown councillor.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. The CWGC record 2nd Lieutenant Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. as the son of James and Josephine Alice Ekin of De Walden Court, Meads, Eastbourne. He is also recorded as being a native of Australia.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. Second Lieutenant Leslie Ekinís youngest brother, Sidney Ekin, was killed in Tunisia on 21st January 1943 whilst serving with the Second Battalion of the London Irish Rifles.
21/07/2017 2nd Lieut Leslie Montrose Ekin M.C. IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT ANY OF THE EKIN BROTHERS EVER LIVED IN THE COOKSTOWN AREA.
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18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly Frederick Donnelly was the son of John and Mary Jane Donnelly. John Donnelly married Mary McMullan on 19th February 1880 in the district of Cookstown.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly Frederick Donnelly was born in Stewartstown on 27th December 1893. He was one of nine children.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly Family: John Donnelly, Mary Jane Donnelly, William Donnelly (born 20th November 1881), Sarah Donnelly (born 20th June 1883), Robert James Donnelly (born 4th March 1885), Silas Donnelly (born 2nd December 1887), Elizabeth Lizzie Donnelly (born 11th February 1890), Alfred Donnelly (born 2nd January 1892), Fred Donnelly (born 27th December 1893), Leslie Donnelly (born 28th May 1896), Meta Donnelly (born 8th March 1899).
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly All the children were born in Stewartstown. By 1901 however, the family had moved to Belfast.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly The 1901 census lists Fred as age 7, living with the family at house 18 in Laganvale Street, Belfast. John Donnelly was a general labourer.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly His father remarried about 1907.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly The 1911 census does not list Fred as living with his father at house 39 in Donegall Avenue, Belfast.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly Fred Donnelly enlisted in Belfast.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly Rifleman Fred Donnelly was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on the first day of the Somme Offensive on Saturday 1st July 1916.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly Rifleman Frederick Donnelly has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 15A-15B on Thiepval Memorial, France.
18/07/2017 R/man Frederick Donnelly Unusually, no medal card seems to exist for Rifleman Frederick Donnelly.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan Andrew Duncan was a son of Andrew and Margaret Duncan. Andrew Duncan married Margaret Robb on 15th December 1885 in the district of Omagh.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan Andrew Duncan was born on 18th June 1897. Military documents record that he was born in Pomeroy. However, according to GRONI, all seven children were born in the Drumquin / Castlederg area (GRONI Ref: U/1898/207/1010/7/52).
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan Family: Andrew Duncan, Margaret Duncan, Margaret J Duncan (born 7th December 1886), Joseph Fred Duncan (born 7th August 1890), Charles Edmond Duncan (born 10th December 1892), Martha Luie Duncan (born 8th October 1895), Andrew Duncan (born 18th June 1897), Samuel Percy Duncan (born 3rd September 1899), William Alexander Duncan (born 17th October 1900).
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan The 1901 census lists Andrew as age 4, living with the family at house 3 in Drumquin Town. His father was a merchant.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan The Ulster Towns Directory for 1910 lists Andrew's father as a grocer and publican.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan The 1911 census lists Andrew as age 13, living with the family at house 1 in Drumquin Town. Andrew was still at school. His father was a farmer and shopkeeper.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan Andrew was working and living in Liverpool where he enlisted, joining the Lancashire and Cheshire Regiment.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan Lance Bombardier Andrew Duncan was serving with the 393rd Siege Battery in the Royal Garrison Artillery when he was killed in action at Ypres on Wednesday 5th December 1917.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan Lance Bombardier A Duncan is buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan The CWGC record Lance Bombardier A Duncan as the son of Andrew and Margaret Duncan; of Drumquin, County Tyrone.
18/07/2017 L/Bomb Andrew Duncan Two months before his death he replied to a letter from his mother:- ĎMy Dear Mother, You were asking about sugar. We can't get it here but it doesn't matter. I can do without it.
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18/07/2017 Pte. George McCracken 01158
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15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin James Devlin was the son of Henry and Mary Devlin. James was born in Moneymore, about 1897.
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin Known family: Henry Devlin, Mary Devlin, James Devlin (born about 1897).
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin The family moved to Scotland.
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin James Devlin enlisted in Glasgow.
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin Private James Devlin was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) when he was killed in action in France on Tuesday 30th March 1915. He was eighteen years old.
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin The battalion were just to the south of Armentieres, and lost six men on the day.
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin Private James Devlin is interred in Bois Grenier Communal Cemetery, France.
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin Private James Devlin is commemorated on Moneymore War Memorial and in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Roll of Honour book.
15/07/2017 Pte. James Devlin The Glasgow Evening Times Roll of Honour records that a picture of Private James Devlin was printed on page 3 of the Evening Times dated 23rd April 1915.
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15/07/2017 Pte. Frederick Currie 01153
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12/07/2017 R/man Michael Curtis Michael Curtis was born in the Shankill, Belfast.
12/07/2017 R/man Michael Curtis Michael enlisted in Belfast, but he was living in Churchtown, Cookstown.
12/07/2017 R/man Michael Curtis Rifleman Michael Curtis was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in the Battle of Neuve Chappelle on Wednesday 10th March 1915.
12/07/2017 R/man Michael Curtis Neuve Chappelle was a battle designed to distract the Germans on the Western Front as much as possible. It was also the first planned battle on the Western Front with an initial bombardment of the enemy lines, which began at a quarter past seven on Wednesday 10th March. By 7.30am a heavier more concentrated bombardment became more intense and by 11.00am Neuve Chappelle was in British hands. It was during this early morning fighting that Michael was killed in action.
12/07/2017 R/man Michael Curtis Newspaper reports suggest Michael Curtis lived at 59 Grove Street, East Belfast.
12/07/2017 R/man Michael Curtis Rifleman Michael Curtis has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial in France.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Last Will and Testament of Private Thomas Darragh dated 27th June 1918:
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Thomas Darragh was the second youngest son John and Matilda Darragh. Thomas was born about 1896 in Ballymena.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Family: John Darragh, Matilda Darragh, Mary Darragh (born about 1882), Maggie Darragh (born about 1884), Matilda Darragh (born about 1885), John Darragh (born about 1886), Daniel Darragh (born about 1890), James Darragh (born about 1892), Sarah Darragh (born about 1893), Thomas Darragh (born about 1896), Peter Joseph Darragh (born about 1899).
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh The 1901 census lists Thomas as age 5, living with the family at house 135 in Broughshane, Upper Broughshane, County Antrim. John Darragh was a dealer.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh The 1911 census lists Tom as age 16, living with the family at house 73 in Broughshane Town. Tom, like his father, was a labourer.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Thomas Darragh enlisted in Ballymena.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Private Thomas Darragh served for a time with the Royal Irish Rifles, with the Service No. 8920.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Private Thomas Darragh later served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. There is some confusion with this service number, as most military sources (including his will), give the correct number as 44434. However the CWGC have the number recorded as 44404.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Private Thomas Darragh was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds at a base hospital near Boulogne on Saturday 19th October 1918.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh Private Thomas Darragh is interred in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Boulogne, France.
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh AT THIS POINT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO LINK THIS T DARRAGH WITH COOKSTOWN.
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12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh In the event of my death, I leave all my belongings to my mother, Mrs M Darragh, Broughshane, County Antrim, Ireland. Certified that this will was extracted from the Army Book 64 off 44434 Private Thomas Darragh, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (3/11/18)
12/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Darragh In his will he left all to his mother, Mrs M Darragh.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett John Crossett was the second of two sons of Henry and Mary Ann Crossett. Henry Crossett married Mary Ann Lindsey about 1886.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett John Crossett was born on 24th October 1891 in Cookstown. John was one of two children.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett Family: Henry Crossett, Mary Ann Crossett, David Crossett (born 14th June 1885), John Crossett (born 24th October 1891).
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett By the time of the 1901 census, the family had moved to Belfast.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett The 1901 census lists John as 9 years old, living with the family at 71 Silvio, Belfast. Henry Crossett was a builderís labourer.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett The 1911 census lists John as age 19, living with the family at house 87 in Carnan Street, Shankill, Belfast. Both John and his father were general labourers.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett John Crossett enlisted in Belfast.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett The 1st Battle of Ypres started on 18th October 1914.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett Rifleman John Crossett was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on Tuesday 27th October 1914.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett Rifleman John Crossett has no known grave is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett John Crossett is also commemorated on the Great War Memorial in St Matthew's Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast.
08/07/2017 R/man John Crossett The CWGC record Rifleman John Crossett as the son of Henry and Mary Ann Crossett of 116 Carnan Street, Belfast.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen Thomas Cullen was a son of David and Elizabeth Cullen.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen Military records suggest he was born in Pomeroy about 1892, but GRONI has no record of this.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen The family moved to Leadgate in County Durham, England. This seems to have happened before the 1901 census, as no record of the family can be found.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen Thomas enlisted in Chester-Le-Street, County Durham.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen At the beginning of December 1917, Private Thomas Cullen was seriously wounded.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen Private Cullen was removed to one of the Casualty Clearing Stations situated at Tincourt.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen Private Thomas Cullen was serving with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons when he died of his wounds on Thursday 6th December 1917.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen Private T Cullen is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen Private T Cullen is commemorated on Calvary 1914-18 Brooms Our Lady R.C. Church on the War Memorial, on the memorial in Leadgate St Ives Church and on Leadgate War Memorial.
08/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cullen The CWGC record Private T Cullen as the son of David and Elizabeth Cullen of 363 Northcross Street, Leadgate, Co. Durham.
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07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks William John Crooks was the eldest child of John and Mary Crooks. John Crooks married Mary Nelson on 11th July 1892 in the district of Cookstown.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks William John Crooks was born on 23rd October 1893 in the Moneymore / Lissan area. He was one of at least eleven children. Three had died by the time of the 1911 census.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks The 1901 census lists William as age 7, living with the family at house 3 in Lismoney, Moneyhaw, County Londonderry. His father was a farm labourer.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks Family: John Crooks, Mary Crooks, William Crooks (born 23rd October 1893), Thomas Crooks (born 13th April 1895), Henry Crooks (born 19th September 1896), Jane Crooks (born 28th June 1898), John Crooks (born 20th November 1899, died 2nd July 1900), Sarah Crooks (born 20th July 1901, 27th February 1906, age 5), Francis Crooks (born 2nd April 1903), Robert Crooks (born 4th August 1905), Samuel Crooks (born 5th June 1907), Margaret Crooks (born 20th January 1911, died 17th May 1911), Martha Crooks (born 14th August 1913).
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks The 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 2 in Lismoney, Moneyhaw. His father was a scutcher.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks William immigrated to New Zealand and lived there with his aunt and uncle.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks William worked as a farm labourer.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks William had served previously with D Company, 5th Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks William Crooks enlisted at Trentham Camp on 29th May 1915 in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He gave his next of kin as his aunt, Miss J G Mitchell, who was living at Northbrook Road, Rangiora, New Zealand.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks He was promoted to Lance-Corporal on 8th September 1915.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks On 21st December 1915, after training, Lance Corporal Crooks left with his unit for North Africa.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks On 6th April 1916 they left for France.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks On September 15th 1916 he was wounded in action, but remained on duty with his battalion.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks For some months prior to Messines, William acted as a sniper and observer for his battalion.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks On the 7th June 1917, the first day of the Battle of Messines, William Crooks was acting as an observer attached to his battalion headquarters. The day went well for the battalion, but the following day the enemy bombardment was fierce and persistent in the New Zealand sector of the line. At about 11.30 hours a shell burst in the trench that Williamís company were holding, he and three others were killed instantly.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks Lance Corporal Crooks was serving with the 1st Battalion (Trentham Regiment) with the 3rd New Zealand Infantry Brigade when he was killed in action in Belgium on 8th June 1917.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks Lance Corporal William Crooks was buried according to reports at the time but his grave is now lost and he is commemorated on Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial in Belgium.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks His memorial plaque went to his brother, James Crooks, who was living at 2 Waltons Row, Blackhill, County Durham, England.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks Lance Corporal William Crooks is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and at Claggan Presbyterian Church.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks The CWGC record Lance Corporal William John Crooks as the brother of James Crooks of 2 Waltons Row, Blairhill, County. Durham, England.
07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks Letter dated 25th October 2002 from Winifred Lees, who was living at 24 Ballybriest Road, Cookstown.
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07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks Dear Sir, My name is Winifred Lees, a former member of the Royal Observer Corps, 31 Group, Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am interested in obtaining information on my relative Lance Corporal W J Crooks N.Z.E.F., who served in the 1914/18 War, and lost his life in France. I have three medals belonging to John. I have three medals belonging to John, one is the V.C. and the other I cannot identify. His number was 23/1023. His parents were James and Louise (Shelton) Crooks, Barrow-in-Furness, England. John belonged to the 1st Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade. I contacted another relative in New Zealand, Air Marshall David Crooks to gather information for me, so he may be contacting you as well. Thanking you in anticipation of an early reply, respectfully, Winifred Lees. P.S. The Ministry of Defence, Droitwich, England, furbished me with your address.
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07/07/2017 L/Corp William John Crooks MOST OF THE INFORMATION REGARDING WILLIAMíS FAMILY AND EARLY LIFE IS CONTRADICTORY AND REQUIRES FURTHER SCRUTINY
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Thomas Cheevers was the son of James and Margaret Cheevers. James Cheevers married Margaret Cheevers on 29th January 1886 in the district of Cookstown.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Thomas Cheevers was born in Cookstown on 20th May 1893. He was one of at least eight children, all born in Cookstown.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers The 1901 census lists Thomas as age 7, living with the family at house 32 in Millburn Street, Cookstown. His father was a labourer.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Family: James Cheevers, Margaret Cheevers, John Cheevers (born 5th December 1886), James Cheevers (born 31st October 1888), Richard Cheevers (born 22nd December 1890), Thomas Cheevers (born 20th May 1893), Elizabeth Cheevers (born 5th March 1896), Hugh Cheevers (born 10th December 1898), Frances Cheevers (born 29th October 1902) , William Cheevers (born 17th August 1906).
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Thomas Cheevers was working in Scotland at the outbreak of the First World War and enlisted in Glasgow in early 1917 and returned home for training.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Private Cheevers joined his battalion at the front as a battle casualty replacement in late 1917.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Private Thomas Cheevers was wounded in the retreat from St. Quentin during the German Spring Offensive of March 1918.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Private Thomas Cheevers was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of his wounds on Tuesday 26th March 1918
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Private Cheevers is buried in Noyon New British Cemetery, France.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers Private Thomas Cheevers is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and St. Luranís Church of Ireland, Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers The Scottish Evening Times Roll of Honour 1918-19 does not list Thomas Cheevers, nor does the WW1 Glasgow Roll of Honour.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers The CWGC record Private Thomas Cheevers as the son of James and Margaret Cheevers of Millburn Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
06/07/2017 Pte. Thomas Cheevers The 1911 census lists Thomas as age 19, living with the family at house 33 in Millburn Street, Cookstown. Thomas and two of his brothers were labourers. His father was a sawer.
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06/07/2017 Sgt. Joseph John Burns 01137
06/07/2017 Pte. Richard Cheevers 01137
06/07/2017 Pte. James Herbert Clarke 01137
06/07/2017 L/Sgt Robert James Miller 01137
06/07/2017 Sgt. William Taylor 01137
06/07/2017 Pte. Hugh Taylor 01137
06/07/2017 Sgt. Thomas James Gildea 01137
06/07/2017 Pte. William Clark William Clark was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone.
06/07/2017 Pte. William Clark William lived in Scotland.
06/07/2017 Pte. William Clark William Clark enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in Irvine, Ayrshire.
06/07/2017 Pte. William Clark Private William Clark was serving with the 6/7th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers when killed in action on Wednesday 27th December 1916.
06/07/2017 Pte. William Clark Private William Clark has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 3C on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Last Will and Testament of Rifleman Patrick Hughes dated 26th May 1916:
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04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes In the event of my death, I give and bequeath the whole of my property and personal effects together with any monies due to me by His Majestyís government to my mother Martha Hughes, 49 Altcar Street, Belfast. Patrick Hughes. Reg. No 6895. A Company, 14th Royal Irish Rifles.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Patrick Hughes was the son of Michael and Matilda Hughes. Michael Hughes married Matilda Sloan on 9th January 1881 in the district of Cookstown.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Patrick Hughes was born in Stewartstown on 30th August 1884. He was one of eight children, six surviving.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Known Family: Michael Hughes, Matilda Hughes, James Hughes (born about 1880), Annie Hughes (born 28th August 1881), Patrick Hughes (born 30th August 1884), Margaret Hughes (born 3rd February 1887), Sarah Hughes (born 8th June 1889), Matilda Tillie Hughes (born 29th December 1890), John James Hughes (born 6th June 1893).
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes All the children were born in Stewartstown, but by 1901 the family had moved to Belfast.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes The 1901 census lists Patrick as age 17, living with the family at house 28 in Silvergrove Street, Belfast. Patrick had left school and was a telegraph messenger. His father was a farm servant.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes The 1911 census lists Patrick as age 27, living with the family at house 49 in Altcar Street Belfast. Both Patrick and his father were labourers.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes The 1911 census states that Patrick was a widower. There seems to be quite a few inaccuracies in the 1911 form, so there is some doubt as to the authenticity of this.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Patrick Hughes enlisted in Belfast.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Rifleman Patrick Hughes was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he died in France on the Saturday 6th July 1918.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Rifleman Patrick Hughes is buried in Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre, France. This cemetery was originally made by French troops, and used by the 36th Ulster Division in July-September 1918 after the Battle of the Lys.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes Unusually, a photograph exists of the original wooden grave marker.
04/07/2017 Pte. Patrick Hughes The CWGC record Rifleman Patrick Hughes as the son of Michael and Matilda Hughes of 49 Altcar Street, Mount Pottinger Road, Belfast.
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03/07/2017 Pte. Robert Reid Robert Reid was born Plumstead in Kent, but lived for a time at Drumgornal, Stewartstown; County Tyrone.
03/07/2017 Pte. Robert Reid He was living in East Ham before he enlisted as a Private with the Royal Fusiliers in East Ham, Essex with the Service No 36955.
03/07/2017 Pte. Robert Reid He later transferred to the Labour Corps and died of wounds on the 12th December 1917.
03/07/2017 Pte. Robert Reid Private Reid is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France.
03/07/2017 Pte. Robert Reid Private Reid is commemorated on Stewartstown Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour and Stewartstown Cenotaph.
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03/07/2017 Pte. Frederick Currie The CWGC record Private Frederick Currie as the son of Thomas and Margaret Currie, of Tamlaght, Coagh, County Derry.
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03/07/2017 Pte. Robert Reid Private Robert Reid later transferred to the Labour Corps being given the service no 63968.
03/07/2017 Pte. Robert Reid Private Robert Reid was serving with the 107th Battalion of the Labour Corps when he died of wounds on the 12th December 1917.
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