Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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10/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Lyttle REVERSE: Certified that this will was extracted from the Pay Book of no 9/13935 Private R Lyttle. 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. GHQ 3rd Echelon. Captain C H Rennik. 18 May 1916.
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10/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Lyttle In the event of my death, I give to my mother Mrs E J Lyttle, Colkeighan, Cookstown, Co Tyrone all my personal effects and any pay which may be due to me. Private R Lyttle 13935. 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 14 January 1916.
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10/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Lyttle Last Will and Testament of Private Robert Lyttle dated 14 January 1916:
10/07/2018 Pte. William James McMinn In his will, he left all to his mother, Mrs Jane McMinn, who was living at Derry, Coalisland.
10/07/2018 Pte. William James McMinn In the event of my death, I leave the whole of my property and effects to Mrs Jane McMinn, mother, Derry, Coalisland, County Tyrone. Signed William James McMinn, Private No 28158 3rd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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10/07/2018 Pte. William James McMinn Last Will and Testament of Private William McMinn dated 4th September 1917:
10/07/2018 Pte. Joseph James Simpson Private Joseph James Simpson was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Friday 16th August 1918.
10/07/2018 Pte. Joseph James Simpson In his Will, he left all to his mother, Matilda, who was living in Ballymully.
10/07/2018 Pte. Joseph James Simpson In the event of my death, I leave the whole of my property and effects to Mrs Matilda Simpson, mother, Ballymully, Moneymore Post Office, County Londonderry. Signed James Simpson, Private No 16006. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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10/07/2018 Pte. Joseph James Simpson Last Will and Testament of Private Joseph James Simpson dated 13th June 1916:
10/07/2018 Pte. Joseph James Simpson There is a Joseph Simpson listed as having attended Oldtown School. There is also a listing of the same Joseph Simpson, from the Oldtown, a member of Derryloran Parish Church, serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Inniskillings. This is thought to be a second Joseph Simpson, as Joseph James was a Presbyterian who at age 11 was still living in Ballymully, which is on the Desertmartin side of Moneymore.
10/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Lyttle The spelling of the surname alternates throughout between Little and Lyttle. In his Will he spells it as Lyttle.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke Private James Herbert Clarke is also commemorated on Coleraine Congregational Church and at The Irish Society School, where he was educated.
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09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke Known family: Henry Clarke, Mary Clarke, James Clarke (born 1st May 1882), John ‘Jack’ Clarke (born 10th April 1885).
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke James Clarke was born in Coleraine on 1st May 1882. He was the eldest of two sons.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke He left Egypt in and returned to Cookstown where he married Lilly, who was the daughter of Mr James Steenson, Milburn Street, NO RECORD OF THIS CAN BE FOUND
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke His wife received a letter from the captain of her husband’s regiment informing her that he had been wounded in action on 7th November. She later received official intimation that he died the following day.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke In 1905 he went to Cairo, where he served for three years as a training instructor at a regimental school.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke Mrs J H Clarke, 2 Springbank Road, Paisley, wife of Lance Corporal James H Clarke, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and daughter of Mr James Steenson, Millburn Street, Cookstown, received a letter from the captain of her husband’s regiment informing her that he had been wounded in action on 7th November. Later she received intimation from the War Office that her husband died the following day at No 10 Field Ambulance from his wounds. Lance Corporal Clarke was a telegraphist in Coleraine in 1899, in which year he joined the Inniskillings. He fought throughout the South African war, and had the medal and clasps for several engagements. He left South Africa in 1905 and proceeded to Cairo, where for three years he taught in the regimental school. He took his discharge in 1908, having served nine years with the colours. A year ago the family removed to Paisley, where the deceased was employed in Messrs. Fullerton’s shipyard as a red leader. On the outbreak of the war he was mobilised, and proceeded to Omagh to join his regiment on 5th August. From there he went to the continent and fought up till 7th November, where he was mortally wounded at St Marguerite’s. He leaves a widow and four young children, to whom the sympathy of all will go out. Lance Corporal Clarke has a brother, Mr Jack Clarke, on the staff of the Ulster Gazette, Armagh.
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09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Lance Corporal James H Clarke
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke Private James Herbert Clarke was 32 years old and left a widow and four children. The family were living at 2 Springbank Road, Paisley, Scotland at the time of his death.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke James and his family returned to Cookstown. On 5th August, he went to Omagh and joined up with his old regiment, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke On the outbreak of the war he was mobilised, and was called to Cowshot, Hampshire to re-join the army.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke In 1909, James and Lilly left Cookstown to live in Paisley, Scotland. He worked as a ‘red leader’ in the shipyard there for the Fullerton company.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke He took his discharge in 1908, having served nine years with the colours.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke He served throughout the Boer War in South Africa and had the medal and clasps for several engagements.
09/07/2018 Pte. James Herbert Clarke James Herbert Clarke was the son of Henry and Mary Clarke. Henry Clarke and Mary McFetridge were married on 21st June 1881 in the district of Coleraine.
01/07/2018 L/Sgt William Boyd Constable William A W Boyd, who is a native of Mabuoy. Pomeroy, and at present stationed at Craven Street, Belfast, has volunteered for Kitchener’s Army. He has been accepted for active service on the Irish Guards, and leaves next week for Chesterham for a short training before joining the battalion in France. Constable Boyd has nine years’ service on the R.I.C., six years of which were in Counties Limerick and Down, and the last three in Belfast.
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01/07/2018 L/Sgt William Boyd From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915:
01/07/2018 Corp William Nathaniel Thom The name of Rev John Thom, curate of St Catherine’s Dublin, and eldest son of the late Mr William Thom, The Poplars, Cookstown, appears in the list of the Trinity College graduates on whom the M.A. degree was conferred recently.
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01/07/2018 Corp William Nathaniel Thom From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd January 1915:
01/07/2018 Pte. Wesley C McClelland ‘There has been lots of rain. However, we don’t complain as we will likely have worse before the war is over. It is terrible to see the wrecked homes and innocent blood on every hand – just the same scene everywhere we go. People should be very thankful they are not living in this country. Thanks for pipe and tobacco received all right. It is quite a change from what we have been getting. Many a poor unfortunate German would be glad of it. We come across them starving from cold and hunger, and have no trouble taking them in as prisoners. They come along and throw down their arms and put up their hands. You should see them turn all the colours of the rainbow when we present the bayonet to them. We have been taken back from the frontier and are at present doing bodyguard to General Sir John French, which is a great honour to this squadron. The British have done splendid work on this side. I have had three different mounts since I left Dublin. I have got nearly all the parcels now, and am pretty well off for clothing etc., so don’t send any more until I let you know. There are six of the Cookstown chaps at this place and all are well. The French are very kind to us, often giving us hot coffee at 5 o’clock in the morning after we have done patrol all night. Thanks for penknife which is very useful. Kind Irish friends, keep us in a supply of cigarettes and other requisites.’
01/07/2018 Pte. Wesley C McClelland Trooper Wesley McClelland, writing from France to his father, Mr Sloan McClelland, The White House, Cookstown, says:-
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01/07/2018 Pte. Wesley C McClelland From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd January 1915: Trooper Wesley McClelland
01/07/2018 Pte. Samuel James MacFarlane ‘We have settled the Germans out here but the natives are a little troublesome. We leave here for the Booker Islands in a week’s time to ‘question’ a few cannibals who have eaten someone. So far as I can tell, this part of the world is packed with man-eaters. The Germans have not handled their possessions well. We are camped on the sea front and in view of an active volcano standing above us, but not in the least dangerous. We have swimming parades every morning and afternoon, and in the heat of the day sleep or drink coconuts. We have been partially paid in German money which is no use out here, but enclosed is a five mark note (value 4s 2d) which you can keep as a curiosity. The people of Sydney sent us out new uniforms with a host of girls’ names and offers of marriage in the lining of the clothes! We expect soon to be sent to Africa or Europe. I trust it may be to the front in France. The Germans keep up a good fight but they do not play the game when they use, as they do, dum-dum bullets, barbed bayonets and fire on the Red Cross. One of our doctors was shot when they fired on the Red Cross in one of the engagements here.’
01/07/2018 Pte. Samuel James MacFarlane Mr Samuel MacFarlane, son of Mr and Mrs MacFarlane, Skerry Bhan Hotel, Portrush, and formerly of Doons, Cookstown, who joined the 1st Australian Naval and Military Expedition, writes his parents an interesting letter from the Bismarck Archipelago, under date 29th October. He says:-
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01/07/2018 Pte. Samuel James MacFarlane From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd January 1915: From the Bismarck Archipelago
01/07/2018 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris Mr Frederick Porter Harris, only son of Mr J Porter Harris, solicitor, Stewartstown, has obtained a commission as a lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and is posted to the camp at Salisbury Plain early in January. The young officer was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution, and entered Trinity College Dublin. He had a very successful university career, being invariably highly placed at the different examinations. At the final in surgery last month, he was first in the College, and in medicine he was second, though he did not confine his studies to the professional school but also took the Arts course, graduating as a B.A. some weeks ago. He also took his full share in the social life of the College, and was a member of Monkstown Football Club and the University Golf Club. Having completed his professional course (as medical students wishing to volunteer were advised to do), he at once proceeded to London and offered his services to the War Office.
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01/07/2018 Lieut Eric Wallace Harris From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd January 1915: F P Harris (cousin of Eric Wallace Harris)
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