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29/08/2017 Pte. Edward Ferguson Edward Ferguson was the son of Michael and Elizabeth Ferguson. Michael Ferguson and Elizabeth McNally were married on 14th December 1888 in the district of Cookstown.
29/08/2017 Pte. Edward Ferguson Edward Ferguson was born in the Moneymore area on 24th March 1897. He was one of eleven children, ten surviving.
29/08/2017 Pte. Edward Ferguson Family: Michael Ferguson, Elizabeth Ferguson, Joseph Ferguson (born about 1888), James Ferguson (born 6th October 1889), Mary Anne Ferguson (born 23rd June 1891), Elizabeth Ferguson (born 8th June 1893, died 30th December 1893), Margaret Ferguson (born 20th December 1894), Edward Ferguson (born 24th March 1897), Elizabeth Ferguson (born 5th December 1898), Martha Ferguson (born 7th May 1900), Sarah Ferguson (born 21st April 1902), Catherine Ferguson (born 9th May 1904).
29/08/2017 Pte. Edward Ferguson The CWGC record Private Edward Ferguson as the son of Michael and Elizabeth Ferguson, of New Cottages, Coolanfranky, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
29/08/2017 Pte. Edward Ferguson Last Will and Testament of Private Edward Ferguson dated 10th August 1918:
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29/08/2017 Pte. Edward Ferguson In the event of my death I leave all that belongs to me to my mother, Mrs L Ferguson, Church Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland. Private E Ferguson, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, 27534. Dated 10th August 1918
29/08/2017 Pte. James Ferguson James Ferguson was the youngest son of John and Margaret Ferguson. John Ferguson and Margaret Brown were married on 23rd August 1878 in the district of Cookstown.
29/08/2017 Pte. James Ferguson James Ferguson was born in Ardtrea, County Londonderry on 12th March 1897. He was the youngest of at least six children.
29/08/2017 Pte. James Ferguson Known family: John Ferguson, Margaret Ferguson, Annie Ferguson (born 2nd November 1881), Sarah Ferguson (born 13th January 1884), Margaret Ferguson (born 22nd May 1887), Mary Ferguson (born 22nd April 1890), Alexander Ferguson (born 2nd November 1892), James Ferguson (born 12th March 1897).
29/08/2017 Pte. James Ferguson It is believed James’ mother died in Magherafelt on 25th September 1909, aged 56. James would have been twelve years old.
29/08/2017 Pte. James Ferguson Private James Ferguson was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Sunday 29th September 1918.
29/08/2017 Pte. James Ferguson The battalion had marched to fresh billets, skirting Courtrai to St. Anne, where they were accommodated in and around a convent. Twenty men from the battalion were killed on this day. Private James Ferguson was 21 years old.
29/08/2017 Pte. James Ferguson Private James Ferguson is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium.
28/08/2017 Pte. James Espey James Espey was born about 1886.
28/08/2017 Pte. James Espey James Espey and Mary Burns were married on 2nd February 1907 in the district of Cookstown.
28/08/2017 Pte. James Espey Private James Espey is commemorated at Special Memorial C 244 at Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey.
28/08/2017 L/Corp Charles Eyre Lance Corporal Charles Eyre was serving with the 10th 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 July 1916. He was 19 years old.
28/08/2017 Pte. James Espey Military records suggest that he was born in Derryloran, Cookstown. However, the 1901 census record him as being born in Scotland. No record of a James Espey being born around that time can be found on GRONI.
28/08/2017 Pte. James Espey The CWGC record Private James Espey as the husband of Mary Espey of Chapel Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
28/08/2017 Pte. James Espey Last Will and Testament of Private James Espey dated 20th March 1915:
28/08/2017 L/Corp Charles Eyre In his will, Charles left all to his mother, Mary Elizabeth Eyre.
28/08/2017 L/Corp Charles Eyre Last Will and Testament of Lance Corporal Charles Eyre:
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27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop John Gunning Moore Dunlop was the son of Dr Archibald Dunlop and Bessie Dunlop (nee Gunning-Moore).
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop John Dunlop was born on born 14th November 1885 in Holywood, County Down.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop His mother Elizabeth Gunning Moore was originally from Cookstown. John was the nephew of Mr J B Gunning-Moore of Coolnafranky, Cookstown.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop Family: Archibald Dunlop, Elizabeth Dunlop, John Gunning Moore Dunlop (born 14 November 1885), Elizabeth Dorothea Dunlop (born 9 October 1886), George Malcolm Dunlop (born 13 January 1889).
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop From his previous marriage in 1861 to Elizabeth Jane Stanton (nee Henry), Archibald Dunlop had at least three older children. Shuldham Henry Dunlop (born around 1863, married Marion Christina Gunning on 30 June 1891 in Derryloran Parish Church of Ireland Church Cookstown), Archibald Samuel Dunlop (born 27 December 1864), Violet Madeline (born 22 June 1872 and married Elliott Hill on 5 October 1898 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland).
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop John Gunning Moore Dunlop was educated at Summerfields, Charterhouse and Gonville & Caius College Cambridge.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop At Caius College Cambridge, he was a member of the Officers’ Training Corps and he graduated with an MA degree. He gained first class honours in both parts of the Natural Sciences Tripos with Chemistry as his chief subject. After taking his degree he was awarded a research studentship by the College, where he remained in residence until the outbreak of the war, devoting himself to chemical research with considerable success, as shown by frequent articles published between 1909 and 1914. During the earlier years of this period, he held the position of Junior Demonstrator in the University Chemical Laboratory, and later undertook some teaching work in College. He was one of the secretaries of the University Chemical Club, and he was also interested in the ‘social side’ of Chemistry.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop John had always taken a keen interest in military work and spent most of his vacations with the Ulster Volunteers.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop John Dunlop was a member of Holywood Masonic Lodge No. 381.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop John Dunlop received his commission from Cambridge University in September 1910, and was gazetted to the Special Reserve of Officers, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, in June 1911.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop At the outbreak of the war he volunteered at once and in August 1914 he went to the Front with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop After Mons he was reported missing in action and hope that he might have been taken prisoner was not abandoned until 12 November 1914 when a message was received from the American Consul in Berlin stating that Second Lieutenant John Dunlop had been killed in action near Clary on 27 August.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop Three hundred and fifty men and officers of the regiment were cut off in the retreat. Only fifty succeeded in fighting their way through the enemy back to their Division.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop Second Lieutenant John Gunning Moore Dunlop was 28 when he died and he was buried in Clary Cemetery. His body lay in that cemetery, which was held by the Germans, for the next four years until the ground was recaptured and his body was exhumed and reburied in Honnechy British Cemetery, near Le Cateau.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop In his last will and testament, dated 3rd August 1914 he stated that his executors were to be ‘The Masters and Fellows of Gonville & Caius College’. He left his estates and lands in County Tyrone to his brother George Malcolm Dunlop, and to his sister Elizabeth Dorothea he left the contents of his rooms at College. The rest of his estate was left to the Masters and Fellows of Gonville and Caius College.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop John’s brother, Captain George Malcolm Dunlop was later killed in action at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop Second Lieutenant John Gunning Moore Dunlop is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial; on the Memorial Plaque in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James); on the Memorial Tablet in Gonville and Caius College Chapel Cambridge; on the Chemical Society Memorial (now the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London) and on the Memorial Plaque in Holywood Masonic Hall.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop The CWGC record Second Lieutenant John Gunning Moore Dunlop as the son of Archibald Dunlop, M.D. He is also recorded as being a native of Holywood, County Down.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop The vast majority of this information was gleamed from Barry Niblock’s website ‘The War Dead of North Down and Ards’. See references below.
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop The 1901 census does not list John as living with the family at house 64 in High Street, Holywood, County Down. Archibald Dunlop was a Physician I.P
27/08/2017 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop Second Lieutenant John Gunning Moore Dunlop was with two companies of his regiment which were left behind at Le Hautcourt on the 26th of August when the British Army retired earlier on that date. The two companies were commanded by Major H. Shewen of the Dublin Fusiliers. On approaching Clary they met the enemy, engaged him and were later surrounded. Second Lieutenant Dunlop met his death while gallantly directing a portion of the firing line. After having been already wounded, he was struck in the head and killed.
27/08/2017 Pte. Francis Eccles Francis Eccles was the son of Francis and Mary Eccles. Francis Eccles married Mary O’Donnell on 17th November 1884 in the district of Dungannon.
27/08/2017 Pte. Francis Eccles Francis Eccles was born on 4th December 1888 in the Dungannon district, probably around the Carland/Donaghmore area.
27/08/2017 Pte. Francis Eccles Known family: Francis Eccles, Mary Eccles, Hugh Eccles (born 18th December 1886), Margaret Eccles (born 27th February 1887, died 7th October 1890, age 3), Francis Eccles (born 4th December 1888), James Eccles (born 19th October 1890), Unnamed male son (born 2nd December 1892, died 2nd December 1892), Margaret Eccles (born 24th November 1893, died 30th January 1900, age 6), Rose Eccles (born 26th September 1896), John Eccles (born 7th April 1898), Joseph Eccles (born 20th December 1899).
27/08/2017 Pte. Francis Eccles The 1901 census records Francis as 9 years old, living with the family in Derraghadoan, Donaghmore, County Tyrone. Francis senior was an agricultural labourer. For some reason, his mother was not living with the family. However, his aunt Bridget was.
27/08/2017 Pte. Francis Eccles Last Will and Testament of Private Francis Eccles dated 23rd April 1913:
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27/08/2017 Pte. Frederick William Ekin Private Frederick William Ekin is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.
25/08/2017 Pte. Francis Donaghy Francis Donaghy was the son of Francis and Rachael Donaghy. Francis Donaghy and Rachael Mulholland were married on 11th May 1888 in Cookstown.
25/08/2017 Pte. Francis Donaghy Known family: Francis Donaghy, Rachael Donaghy, Patrick Donaghy (born 8th March 1891), Francis Donaghy (born 18th January 1893), John Henry Donaghy (born about 1895).
25/08/2017 Pte. Francis Donaghy Francis’ mother died on 20th January 1903, when he was just ten years old.
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly Last Will and Testament of Private Samuel Donnelly dated 5th February 1916:
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly Samuel Donnelly was a son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Donnelly. Joseph Donnelly and Sarah Jane Ross were married about on 29th April 1886 in the district of Cookstown.
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly Samuel Donnelly was born in Stewartstown on 11th June 1891. He was one of seven children, six surviving. All the children were born in Stewartstown.
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly The 1901 census records Samuel as nine years old. The family were living in Brigh, Ballyclog, Tyrone. Joseph was an agricultural labourer.
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly By the time of the 1911 census the family’s address had changed to Linnyglass, Ballyclog. Joseph was now a farmer. Samuel was now 19 and working as an agricultural labourer.
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly Family: Joseph Donnelly, Sarah Jane Donnelly, William John Donnelly (born 17th February 1887), Maude Donnelly (born 18th April 1889), Samuel Donnelly (born 11th June 1891), Albert Donnelly (born 11th May 1894, died 24th March 1895), Beatrice Donnelly (born 14th May 1896), Caroline Donnelly (born 23rd March 1899), Joseph Donnelly (born 25th July 1901).
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly The CWGC record Private Samuel Donnelly as the son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Donnelly, of Linnyglass, Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
25/08/2017 Pte. Samuel Donnelly Private S Donnelly is also commemorated on Stewartstown Cenotaph.
24/08/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell George Colin Campbell married Eileen Hester Knox Browne, of Fivemiletown, on 22nd March 1911 in the district of Dungannon.
24/08/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell The CWGC record Lieutenant Commander George Richard Colin Campbell as follows: Born at Ballyeglish, Moneymore, Co. Derry. Son of the Rev. Edwd. F. and Lydia Campbell, of Sheskburn, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim; husband of the late Eileen Campbell (nee Knox-Browne), of Aughentaine, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone. Inventor of Campbell-Bennett aperiodic compass.
24/08/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell George Richard Colin Campbell was the son of the Rev. Edward Fitzhardings and Lydia Campbell.
24/08/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell Edward Campbell was rector of Ballyeglish between 1879 and 1886.
24/08/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell Colin Campbell was born in Ballyeglish, Moneymore, about 1884.
24/08/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell Known family: Edward Fitzhardings Campbell, Lydia Campbell, Edward Fitzhardings Campbell (born 17 January 1880), R M Campbell, G A Campbell, George Richard Colin Campbell (born about 1884), Isabel Caroline Berkeley Campbell (died 2 Aug 1968)
24/08/2017 Lieut George Richard Colin Campbell The warrant for RBP No. 511 was issued to the then Rector of Killyman Parish Church, Rev. Edward F. Campbell, on 6th June 1890. Sir Knight Rev. Campbell, the first WM of No. 511, was also instrumental in founding the Lord Enniskillen Orphan Fund, a fund which to this day does much valuable work towards the welfare of widows and orphans of members of this institution.
24/08/2017 Pte. Samuel J Curran Samuel Curran was the eldest son of David and Elizabeth Curran. David Curran married Elizabeth Maybin on 26th March 1894 in the district of Cookstown.
24/08/2017 Pte. Samuel J Curran Both surnames have various spellings throughout the records.
24/08/2017 Pte. Samuel J Curran Samuel James was born on 15th June 1897. He was one of six children. The family were all born in the Cookstown area.
24/08/2017 Pte. Samuel J Curran Family: David Curran, Lizzie Curran, Mary Elizabeth Curran (born 16th March 1895), Samuel James Curran (born 15th June 1897), David George Curran (born 3rd October 1899), John Maybin Curran (born 9th August 1902), Margaret Jane Curran (born 16th July 1906), Annie Curran (born 30th July 1909).
24/08/2017 Pte. Samuel J Curran Last Will and Testament of Private Sam Curran dated 27th March 1914:
24/08/2017 Pte. Samuel J Curran Samuel’s brother, Private David Curran, also died in the war. He died of his wounds on Wednesday 23rd October 1918.
24/08/2017 Pte. David George Curran David’s elder brother, Private Samuel J Curran, was also killed in the war. He was killed in action two years earlier on 21st November 1916.
24/08/2017 Pte. David George Curran Last Will and Testament of Private David George Curran dated 11th June 1918:
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24/08/2017 Pte. David George Curran In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother Mrs Elizabeth Curran, 51 Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. Rifleman 333, 4th Royal Irish Rifles.
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23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell This inscription photo was taken by the Friends of the Somme Mid Ulster Branch on a visit to Gallipoli in September 2014.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell From De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
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23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Cuthell, Algernon Hubert: Major 9th (Service) Battalion. the Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), only son of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas George Cuthell, of Goldhill Lodge, Farnham, Surrey, late of the 13th Hussars and south Staffordshire Regiment. By his wife, Edith Eileen, daughter of John Nathaniel Foster, of Sandy Place, Bedfordshire, J.P., D.L. Born Sandy, Bedford, 24th June 1879. He was educated at Isle of White College, Oxford Military College and then Royal Military College, Sandhurst, where he passed with honours. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant West Yorkshire Regiment on 11th February 1899, promoted Lieutenant on 26th March 1900, Captain on 1st March 1905 and Temporary Major of 9th Battalion on 29th October 1914. He served in in the South African War 1899-1902, including operations in Natal in 1899, and the Relief of Ladysmith, and actions at Colenso, Spion Kop and Vaal Kranz. He also took part in the Tugela Heights operations between 14th–27th February 1900 and saw action at Pieter’s Hill. He was invalided home, but rejoined in 1902 for operations in the Transvaal, and was accidently wounded in 1902 (Queen’s Medal with three clasps and King’s Medal with two clasps). He was with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Dardanelles, He was in command of the 9th Battalion at the Suvla Bay action on 21st August 1915, and was killed that day while directing his men in the attack against the Turkish trenches on the lower slopes of Green Hill. He was mentioned in despatches in the London Gazette dated 28th January 1916 by Sir Ian Hamilton, for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He was married at Cookstown, County Tyrone on 17th October 1906 to Rhona Kathleen, daughter of Hugh Adair, of Glenavon, Cookstown, J.P., and had two children. Rhona Sybil was born in June 1911 and George Andrew was born on 6th January 1915.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Algernon Cuthell was the only son of Thomas George Cuthell and Edith Eileen Cuthell.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Lieutenant Colonel Thomas George Cuthell lived at Goldhill Lodge, Farnham, Surrey. He was with the 13th Hussars and South Staffordshire Regiment. Edith Eileen Foster was daughter of John Nathaniel Foster J.P., D.L., of Sandy Place, Bedfordshire.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Algernon Hubert Cuthell was born in Biggleswade, Sandy, Bedford, England on 24th June 1879.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Algernon was educated at Isle of White College and Oxford Military College.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Algernon Hubert Cuthell then attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst, where he passed with honours.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the West Yorkshire Regiment on 11th February 1899 when he was posted to South Africa.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell He served in in the South African War 1899-1902 with the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment and took part in the Relief of Ladysmith and other actions at Colenso, Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell He also took part in the Tugela Heights operations between 14th–27th February 1900.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Algernon Cuthell was promoted to Lieutenant on 26th March 1900.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Lieutenant Algernon Cuthell saw action at Pieter’s Hill. He was invalided home, but rejoined in 1902 for operations in the Transvaal, and was accidently wounded in 1902 (Queen’s Medal with three clasps and King’s Medal with two clasps).
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell He was awarded the Queen’s Medal with three clasps and King’s Medal with two clasps during his service in South Africa.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Algernon Cuthell was promoted to Captain on 1st March 1905
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Captain Algernon Cuthell served with the West Yorkshire Regiment when they were stationed in Belfast where he was a prominent member of the North of Ireland Cricket Club, and was regarded as a keen sportsman with a genial temperament.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell It was while based in Ulster that Major Cuthell married Miss Rhona Adair. In Cookstown, County Tyrone on 17th October 1906 to Rhona Kathleen, youngest daughter of Hugh Adair, J.P., of Glenavon, Cookstown.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Rhona held the Ladies Golf Championship in 1900 and 1903. Rhona, based out of Killymoon Golf Club, was the first of the great Irish lady golfers and won the Irish Ladies' Championship four years in succession. She gained the British Ladies' Championship twice, in 1900 and 1903, and she was the first British lady player of any consequence to make a tour in the United States.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell They had two children. Rhona Sybil was born in June 1911 and George Andrew was born on 6th January 1915.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell At the outbreak of World War 1, Major Cuthell was in charge of the Regimental Depot in York when his regiment returned from Malta where they had been based. He helped assist in the training of the ‘new’ volunteer army before leaving with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment when they were posted to Gallipoli.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Captain Algernon Cuthell was promoted to Temporary Major of 9th Battalion on 29th October 1914.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Major Algernon Cuthell was with the 9th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment at the Suvla Bay in August 1915.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Major Algernon Hubert Cuthell was killed in action at Gallipoli on 22nd August 1915 while directing his men in the attack against the Turkish trenches on the lower slopes of Green Hill.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Major Algernon Hubert Cuthell was mentioned in despatches in the London Gazette dated 28th January 1916 by Sir Ian Hamilton, for gallant and distinguished service in the field.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Rhona’s father, Hugh Adair, passed away at his home in Glenavon, Cookstown, in March 1916, aged 68.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Major Cuthell has no known grave and is commemorated on panels 47 - 51 at Helles Memorial, Turkey.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell The CWGC record Major Algernon Hubert Cuthell as the son of Lt. Col. T G Cuthell (late 13th Hussars and 38th S. Staffordshire Regt.) and Edith E. Cuthell of 4 Sloane Gate Mansions, London. He is also recorded as the husband of Rhona K Cuthell. He is also recorded as having served in the South African War with 2nd Battalion.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Major Cuthell is also commemorated on Frensham Village War Memorial in England.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Rhona Cuthell died in 1961 and is buried in Ballywillan New Cemetery near Portrush. Major Algernon Hubert Cuthell is commemorated on the headstone.
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23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Many thanks to Nigel Henderson of History Hub Ulster, who has supplied photos of the grave in Portrush and the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour information.
23/08/2017 Maj Algernon Hubert Cuthell Following the failure of the August offensives, the Battalion had remained in a position of static trench warfare. Casualties had slowly mounted due to sickness and frostbite as opposed to the actions of the enemy. There had also been major changes in personnel. Lieutenant-Colonel Minogue had reported sick on the 16th August, the command of the Battalion temporarily being assumed by Major Algernon Hubert Cuthell.
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19/08/2017 Pte. John Coyle John Coyle was born in Spamount, Castlederg, County Tyrone.
19/08/2017 Pte. John Coyle John lived and worked in Cookstown for a time.
19/08/2017 Pte. John Coyle John was in Glasgow when he enlisted in the Cameronians.
19/08/2017 Pte. John Coyle Private John Coyle was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) when he was killed in action during the Battle of Loos on Monday 27th September 1915.
19/08/2017 Pte. John Coyle Private John Coyle has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.
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19/08/2017 Sapper John Crilly From the Brisbane Courier/Mail dated 19th January 1952:
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19/08/2017 Sapper John Crilly Deceased: CAROLINE ESTHER CRILLY. formerly of 16 Billet Street, Brisbane, in the state of Queensland, but late of Eventide, Sandgate North. Widow. Applicant: CLARA ENID GOLDSMITH FLAMANK, of Alderson Street. Newmarket, Brisbane, aforesaid, a lawful Daughter of deceased, the sole Executrix appointed by the Will, dated the Twentieth day of May. 1946. Solicitors: RICHARDSON CARTER & CO., 120 Adelaide Street. Brisbane, aforesaid.
19/08/2017 Sapper John Crilly Private John Crilly is buried in Brisbane General Cemetery, Brisbane, Australia. His grave can be found in Portion 10 of the Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane Old in Section 41 grave number 20.
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18/08/2017 Pte. Michael Corrigan Michael Corrigan was a son of Bernard and Sarah Corrigan. He was born about 1885.
18/08/2017 Pte. Michael Corrigan As a young man he emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Auckland.
18/08/2017 Pte. Michael Corrigan At the outbreak of the First World War, Michael enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
18/08/2017 Pte. Michael Corrigan Michael was living in Utiku. Utiku is situated in the middle of the North Island. It is about 100 kilometres west of Hastings.
18/08/2017 Pte. Michael Corrigan Private Michael Corrigan was killed in action in France on 30th March 1918.
18/08/2017 Pte. Michael Corrigan Private Michael Corrigan has no known grave and is commemorated on Grevillers Cemetery, (New Zealand) Memorial, France.
18/08/2017 Pte. Michael Corrigan The CWGC record Private Michael Corrigan as the son of Bernard and Sarah Corrigan, of Dirnan Lissan, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland.
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16/08/2017 Corp Robert Thomas Mitchell 01225
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14/08/2017 Pte. William Wilson From an unknown newsppaer report:
14/08/2017 Pte. William Wilson In his will, he left all to his mother, Mary Ann Wilson, who was living at Church Street, Cookstown.
14/08/2017 Pte. William Wilson Last Will and Testament of Private William Wilson:
14/08/2017 Pte. William Wilson William is also commemorated on the family headstone in Cookstown Cemetery.
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14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt Fusilier Andrew Artt was the son of Andrew and Maria Patterson Artt, and husband of Elizabeth Murray Artt, of Cookstown.
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt Andrew had served in the World War One and was wounded in action.
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt Andrew Artt worked as a locomotive fireman, an assistant to the engine driver. He worked on the rail line that ran between Cookstown and Coleraine.
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt Fusilier Andrew Artt died at home on 1st November 1941, aged 51, of tuberculosis.
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt Fusilier Andrew Artt is buried in Cookstown New Cemetery.
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt Andrew Artt is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt The CWGC record Fusilier Andrew Artt as the son of Andrew and Maria Patterson Artt. He is listed as the husband of Elizabeth Murray Artt of Cookstown. It also records that he served in the 1914-18 War.
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14/08/2017 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn 01204
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14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01208
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14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness From the Belfast Newsletter dated 10th April 1941:
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14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Harkness – April 8th (the result of enemy action), Brice, fifth son of the late Thomas Harkness, Lismoney, Cookstown. Funeral from Lismoney this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o’clock to Cookstown Cemetery.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness From the Belfast Newsletter dated 10th April 1941: Primrose Temperance L.O.L. and R.A.P.C. No. 1203
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14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Harkness – The Officers and Members of the above learn with deepest sorrow of the death of their esteemed Brother, Brice Harkness, and tender to his relatives their sincere sympathy. Malcolm Bothwell, W.M.; David Slane, D.M.; Edward J Leeman, W.M.; Malcolm Bothwell, D.M.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness From the Belfast Newsletter dated 10th April 1941: Primrose Temperance R.B.P. No. 229
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14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Harkness – The Officers and Sir Knights of the above learn with deepest sorrow of the death of their esteemed Brother, Brice Harkness, and tender to his relatives their sincere sympathy. Edward J Leeman, W.M.; David Slane, D.M.; John Currie, P.M. Reg.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Brice Harkness was the son of Thomas and Margaret Harkness, Cookstown. Thomas Harkness married Margaret Espie on 2nd October 1901 in the district of Cookstown.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Brice Harkness was born on 9th January 1915 in Lismoney, Cookstown. It is believed he was the youngest of at least eight children.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Known family: Thomas Harkness (died 12th October 1928), Margaret Harkness (died 14th May 1940), Sadie Harkness 8 (born about 1903), Marion Harkness 7 (born about 1904), Thomas James Harkness (born 4th May 1905, died 22 January 1972, age 67), Samuel Harkness (born 25th November 1906), Nora Harkness (born 10th June 1908), Robert Harkness (born 5th September 1910), Richard Harkness (born 8th March 1913), Brice Harkness (born 9th January 1915).
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Brice’s father, Thomas Harkness, died 12th October 1928 when Brice was 13 years old.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Brice lived in Belfast and was a member of Primrose Temperance L.O.L. and R.A.P.C. No. 1203. He was also a member of Primrose Temperance R.B.P. No. 229.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Brice’s mother, Margaret Harkness, died 14th May 1940, just a year before Brice.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Brice Harkness was thought to have been buried in Belfast but only lately has Nigel Henderson’s research revealed that he was buried in Cookstown.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Brice Harkness is commemorated at Belfast City Hall on the Belfast Civil Defence Services plaque
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness The CWGC record that he was a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service. He is listed as being from Lismoney, Cookstown, and that he was a son of the late Thomas Harkness. It also states he died at Dock Area of Belfast.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness Many thanks to Nigel Henderson of History Hub Ulster, who researched Brice Harkness and found that he was buried in Cookstown Cemetery.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness The Newsletter reports listed here, like all on the website, are courtesy of Nigel Henderson.
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14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness One of the largest fires on the night was at the McCue Dick Timber Yard in Duncrue Street and it was while fighting this fire that Archibald (Archie) McDonald and another Auxiliary Fire Service member - Brice Harkness, who was from Cookstown, died. Both men were killed when a Parachute Mine exploded.
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14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness The 1911 census lists the family living at house 17 in Lismoney, Moneyhaw, County Londonderry. Thomas Harkness was a farmer.
13/08/2017 Sgt. William Neill 01188
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13/08/2017 Fusilier Robert Gildea 01192
13/08/2017 Fusilier Robert Gildea 01193
13/08/2017 Sgt. Thomas James Gildea 01192
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13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Charles Montgomery was the third son of Robert James and Agnes Montgomery. Robert Montgomery married Agnes Middleton on 22nd September 1883 in the district of Ballymena.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Charles Montgomery was born on 23rd May 1888 in Ballymena. He was one of five children, all boys.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery By 1890, the family had moved to Cookstown.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Family: Robert James Montgomery, Agnes Montgomery, David Montgomery (born 14th February 1884, Ballymena), John Montgomery (born 7th March 1886, Ballymena), Charles Montgomery (born 23rd May 1888, Ballymena), Robert James Montgomery (born 8th July 1890, Cookstown), William Montgomery (born 17th November 1892, Cookstown).
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery The 1901 census lists Charles as 13 years old, living with the family at 68 Killymoon Street, Cookstown. Charles was still at school. His father was a Linen farm Winding Master.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery The 1911 census lists Charles as 23 years old, living with the family at 68 Killymoon Street, Cookstown. Charles was a worker in flax store.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Charles Montgomery enlisted with the Scots Guards in Glasgow, Scotland.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Guardsman Charles Montgomery arrived in France in August 1914 with the British Expeditionary Force as part of First Army Corps, 1st Division, 1st Guards Brigade.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Guardsman Charles Montgomery was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards when he was killed in action on Wednesday 11th November 1914.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Guardsman Montgomery has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 11 on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery Charles is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and on the family plot in Cookstown Cemetery.
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery The CWGC record Guardsman Charles Montgomery as the son of Robert J and Agnes Montgomery of 10 Killymoon Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
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12/08/2017 Stoker John Thomas Cooke 01187
12/08/2017 Stoker John Thomas Cooke John Thomas Cooke was born in Cookstown on 10th July 1883, according to National Archives records. This is disputed however, as there is no GRONI record of him been born in Cookstown between 1881 and 1885.
12/08/2017 Stoker John Thomas Cooke Stoker John Thomas Cooke was attached to HMS Pembroke. HMS Pembroke was a Royal Navy Base at Chatham in England.
12/08/2017 Stoker John Thomas Cooke On his gravestone, John is described as a Stoker on HMS Indus. It seems HMS Indus was a training ship.
12/08/2017 Stoker John Thomas Cooke Stoker John Thomas Cooke was serving with the Royal Navy Reserve when he died on 25th May 1916. Cause of death is not known at this time. He was 32 years old.
12/08/2017 Stoker John Thomas Cooke John Cooke gave his next of kin as his sister Margaret, who at that time was living at 32 Paxton Road, Stockton-On-Tees.
12/08/2017 Stoker John Thomas Cooke Stoker John Thomas Cooke is buried in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth Old Cemetery, (Pennycomequick) in Plymouth.
09/08/2017 R/man Francis Cheevers Family: John Cheevers, Sarah Cheevers, Francis Cheevers (born 27th April 1895), Mary Cheevers (born 14th July 1897), Sarah Cheevers (born 18th January 1900, died 20th January 1900), Sarah Sadie Cheevers (born 28th February 1902), Alexander Cheevers (born 1st November 1904), Robert Cheevers (born 24th October 1906), Henry Cheevers (born 4th June 1910), Richard Cheevers (born 8th December 1912).
09/08/2017 R/man Francis Cheevers Francis Cheevers was the eldest son of John and Sarah Cheevers. John Cheevers married Sarah Moore about 1894.
09/08/2017 R/man Francis Cheevers Francis was born on 27th April 1895 in Cookstown. He was one of seven children, six surviving.
09/08/2017 R/man Francis Cheevers By 1900, the family had moved to Downpatrick.
09/08/2017 R/man Francis Cheevers The CWGC record Rifleman Francis Cheevers as the son of John and Sarah Cheevers of Killyleagh, County Down.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth John Carruth was the fourth son of Elisha and Jane Carruth. Elisha Caruth married Jane Reid on 7th December 1876 in the district of Antrim.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth John Caruth was born on 4th April 1886 in the Belfast area. He was one of ten children, nine surviving.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth Family: Elisha Caruth, Jane Caruth, Hugh Caruth (born 24th May 1878), Mary Caruth (born about 1881), Thomas Caruth (born 27th March 1882), Elizabeth Caruth (born 16th April 1883), William Caruth (born 1st April 1884), John Caruth (born 4th April 1886), Elizabeth Caruth (born 21st March 1888), Matthew Caruth (born 28th July 1890), Arthur Caruth (born 22nd January 1893), Gregory Caruth (born about 1900).
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth The 1901 census lists John as aged 14, living with the family at house 1 in Molusk (Grange of), Ballysillan, County Antrim. John was still at school. They were a farming family.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth The 1911 census does not list John as living with the family at house 60 in Molusk (Grange of), Ballysillan.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth John Caruth married Vera Maude Louise McVicker of Bona Vista, Stewartstown, County Tyrone, in July 1915. Vera was the daughter of John E and Mary J L McVicker of Hill Head, Stewartstown.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth John Caruth obtained his commission as an officer through Queens University Officer Training Corps in September 1915 and was gazetted to the 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 15th October 1915.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth Lieutenant John Caruth served at the Battle of the Somme and was invalided home with trench fever.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth After his return to health, he was appointed Second-Lieutenant and subsequently was attached to the 1st Royal Irish Rifles on 13th August 1916.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth He acted as a bombing officer at the Curragh camp until November 1917 when he was posted to Palestine to join his regiment.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth He was home on leave in August 1918.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth On the night of 7th October 1918, the Battalion was attacked by a bombardment of shell fire and he was badly wounded and taken to No.50 Casualty Clearing Station and died of his wounds there on 10th October 1918.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth Lieutenant Carruth is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France.
08/08/2017 Lieut John Carruth It seems Lieutenant John Carruth’s only connection to the Cookstown area was that he married into a family who lived in Stewartstown for a time.
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell Private Henry Campbell is buried in St Sever Cemetery in France.
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell Henry Campbell was the eldest son of William and Mary Jane Campbell. William Campbell married Mary Millar on 10th March 1888 in the district of Cookstown.
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell Henry was born on 1st November 1884 in the Desertcreat, Cookstown area. He was one of at least five children. The 1911 census records that there were six, but no record can be found of the sixth.
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell Family 1: William Campbell, Mary Jane Campbell, Henry Campbell (born 1st November 1884), Joseph Campbell (born 7th August 1888), Elizabeth Campbell (born 27th September 1890), Sarah Campbell (born 23rd February 1893), Margaret Campbell (born 10th November 1897).
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell The 1901 census records Henry as living with the family in Gortacar (Doris), Tullaghoge, Tyrone. He was listed as 17 and still at school. His father was an agricultural labourer.
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell By the time of the 1911 census, Henry was boarding with the Crooks family in Desertcreat, Tullaghoge, Tyrone. He was 24 years old. He was working as an agricultural labourer and was by this time, married.
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell It seems Henry Campbell married Mary Crooks on 17th January 1911 in the district of Cookstown. It is believed Henry and Mary had two children.
07/08/2017 Pte. Henry Campbell Family 2: Henry Campbell, Mary Campbell, Florence Campbell (born 4th June 1911), Sophia Campbell (born 22nd February 1914).
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07/08/2017 Pte. James Campbell James Campbell was the son of William and Jane Campbell. James Campbell was born in Magherafelt about 1898.
07/08/2017 Pte. James Campbell Known family: William Campbell, Jane Campbell, James Campbell (born about 1898).
07/08/2017 Pte. James Campbell James Campbell enlisted in Cookstown.
07/08/2017 Pte. James Campbell Private James Campbell served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
07/08/2017 Pte. James Campbell Private James Campbell died as a prisoner of war in France on Tuesday 15th October 1918.
07/08/2017 Pte. James Campbell Private Campbell is buried in Sarralbe Military Cemetery, France.
07/08/2017 Pte. James Campbell The CWGC record Private J Campbell as the son of William and Jane Campbell.
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05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns Lance Corporal Hugh John Cairns was serving with the 2nd battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at the Battle of Festubert on Sunday 16th May 1915.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns The CWGC refer to Hugh as 4354 Lance Corporal Hugh John Kearns.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns Hugh John Cairns was the eldest son of Hugh and Sarah Cairns. Hugh Cairns married Sarah Chambers on 7th December 1883 in the district of Dungannon.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns Hugh Cairns was born on 8th March 1886 in Brackaville, Coalisland. He was the second oldest of twelve children.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns In military documentation the surname is spelt Kearns.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns The 1901 census lists Hugh John, as age 15, living with the family at house 54 in Coalisland, Tullyniskane, County Tyrone. Hugh had left school and was a factory worker. His father was a clerk.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns Family: Hugh Cairns, Sarah Cairns, Mary Cairns (born 20th January 1884), Hugh John Cairns (born 8th March 1886), Thomas William Cairns (born 3rd December 1887), Charlotte Jane Cairns (born 20th October 1889), Elizabeth Cairns (born 23rd September 1891), James Cairns (born 27th September 1893), Florence Cairns (born 3rd March 1896) Edith Cairns (born 25th September 1898), Adeline Cairns (born 1st September 1900), Edward James Cairns (born 25th September 1902).
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns It is believed Sarah Cairns, Hugh’s mother, died on 10th November 1902, aged 38.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns The 1911 census lists Hugh John as age 25, living with the family at house 108 in Coalisland, Tullyniskane. Hugh was working as a railway porter. His father was a widower and was a clerk.
05/08/2017 L/Corp Hugh John Cairns Hugh John Cairns enlisted in Cookstown.
05/08/2017 R/man Charles Campbell Charles Campbell was the son of Hugh and Mary Campbell (nee Haugh/Hawe).
05/08/2017 R/man Charles Campbell Charles Campbell was born in Stewartstown on 15th May 1889. He was one of at least twelve children.
05/08/2017 R/man Charles Campbell The 1901 census records that the family the family were living at Sherrygroom near Stewartstown County Tyrone. Charles was 12 years old. He held left school and was working as a farm labourer. His father is not listed as living with the family, but his mother is still listed as married. Charles elder sisters all worked as ‘weavers of tape’.
05/08/2017 R/man Charles Campbell Known family: Hugh Campbell, Mary Campbell, Ellen Campbell (born 28th October 1879), Mary Martha Campbell (born 6th August 1881), Charles Campbell (born 3rd April 1883, died 14th May 1883), Bridget Campbell (born 3rd June 1884), Hugh Campbell (born 20th September 1885), Margaret J Campbell (born 10th July 1887), Charles Campbell (born 15th May 1889), Sarah E Campbell (born 24th September 1890), Francis Campbell (born 23rd March 1892), John Campbell (born 20th May 1894, died 27th May 1894), Samuel Campbell (born 25th August 1895).
03/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth Andrew Thomas Booth was the eldest son of Thomas and Margaret Booth. Thomas Booth married Margaret Henry on 7th June 1895 in the district of Cookstown.
03/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth Andrew was born on Christmas Day in 1896 in the Loop, Magherafelt. He was the oldest of five children, three surviving.
03/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth The 1901 census shows Andrew Tom to be 4 years old The family were living in Ballyriff, Loop, County Londonderry. His father was a farmer. His mother was a house keeper.
03/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth Known family: Thomas Booth, Maggie Booth, Andrew Thomas Booth (born 25th December 1896), James Booth (born 20th July 1903), Sarah Jane Booth (born 18th November 1904).
03/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth The 1911 census lists Andrew as 14, living with the family in Ballyriff, Loop, County Londonderry. Andrew was at school.
03/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth Private Andrew Thomas Booth is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
03/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth The CWGC record Private A T Booth as the son of Thomas and Margaret Booth of Ballyriff, Magherafelt, County Londonderry.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd William Boyd was the son of John David and Eliza Boyd. William was born about 1887 near Pomeroy.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd GRONI records from Pomeroy are incomplete so, exact dates can only be speculated and it is possible he was born on 23rd March 1877 and that his mother’s maiden name swas Dolan.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd Known family: John David Boyd, Eliza Boyd, Thomas Boyd 24 (born about 1877), Robert Boyd 22 (born about 1879), Annie Boyd 20 (born about 1881), William Boyd (born about 1887)
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd The 1901 census does not list William as living with the family at house 36 in Moboy, Killeenan, County Tyrone. His father was a farmer.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd William served in Limerick and Newry as a Police Constable with the Royal Irish Constabulary.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd It seems his father, John Boyd, died on 22nd February 1907 in the Pomeroy area, aged 68.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd William Boyd, Police Constable RIC Newry, joined the Newry branch of the Masonic Lodge , No. 79 in 1909.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd ‘However having failed to present himself for initiation in accordance with the Lodge by-law No 8 it was proposed and unanimously passed by the Lodge at a meeting on 27th September 1909 that William Boyd be initiated without a new ballot. He was subsequently initiated by Worshipful Brother Henning. The Fellow Craft Degree was conferred by Worshipful Brother George Auterson on 26th October 1909. Master Mason Degree was again conferred by Worshipful Brother George Auterson. On 11th July 1911 Brother William Boyd received his Grand Lodge Certificate.’
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd The 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 22 in Moboy, Killeenan. His mother was a widow.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd Constable William Boyd left Newry and was based at Craven Street Barracks, Belfast.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd William Boyd enlisted with the Irish Guards. His RIC Service number was 61803 and his Guards Service number was 6453.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd Lance Sergeant William Boyd was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was severely wounded by shell fire in the attack that followed during the Battle of Loos.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd Lance Sergeant William Boyd was taken to hospital in Dieppe, but he died of his wounds there on Wednesday 6th October 1915.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd Lance Sergeant W Boyd is buried in Janval Cemetery in Dieppe in France.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd The CWGC record Lance Sergeant William Boyd as the son of Eliza Boyd of Mabuoy, Pomeroy, County Tyrone, and the late John David Boyd
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03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd From an unknown newspaper: Sergeant W Boyd
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03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd Sergeant W Boyd, Irish Guards, who died of wounds, received in Flanders, was one of the members of the Belfast Police Force who volunteered for service a few months ago. His relatives live near Pomeroy, and prior to coming to Belfast, he had served in Newry and Limerick.
03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd From an unknown newspaper: Constable W A Boyd
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03/08/2017 L/Sgt William Boyd Constable W A Boyd, late of Newry R.I.C., who has joined the Irish Guards for active service. While stationed in the Frontier Town, Constable Boyd, who is a native of County Tyrone, proved an extremely popular officer, and carries with him the best wishes of the community for a safe return.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) George Bleeks was the second son of James and Elizabeth Bleeks. James Bleeks married Bessy McKnight 14th March 1876 in the district of Cookstown, most likely in Stewartstown.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) The surname is spelt Bleakes in all military documentation. It is spelt Bleeks in all family documentation.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) George Bleeks was born on 23rd April 1879 in Stewartstown. He was one of at least ten children.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) Known family: James Bleeks, Elizabeth Bleeks, John Bleeks (born 7th April 1877), George Bleeks (born 23rd April 1879), Catherine Bleeks (born 7th December 1883), James Bleeks (born 14th July 1886), Robert Bleeks (born 5th August 1888), William Bleeks (born 28th August 1890), Anne Bleeks (born 21st September 1892), Jarvis Bleeks (born 12th January 1895), Margaret Bleeks (born 4th January 1897), Henry Bleeks (born 21st January 1899).
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) The 1901 census lists George as age 20, living with the family at house 3 in Glebe, Stewartstown. Both George and his father were farm labourers.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) It seems that his father died on 16th October 1906 in Stewartstown, aged 63.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) No record can be found of the family in the 1911 census and it is suspected the family had split up by that time.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) George Bleakes enlisted in Cookstown with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) Private Bleakes was wounded at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) Private George Bleakes was taken prisoner during the German Offensive in March 1918. According to Prisoner of War records, He was captured on 27th March 1918.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) Private George Bleakes died a German Prisoner of War on 1st August 1918.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) Private George Bleakes is interred in Glageon Cemetery, about 56 kilometres east of Cambrai.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) Private George Bleakes is commemorated on Stewartstown Cenotaph and Donaghendry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
02/08/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) The CWGC record Private George Bleakes as the son of Mrs Elizabeth Bleakes of North Street, Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
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02/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth Last Will and Testament of Private Andrew Thomas Booth
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