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16/08/2017 Corp Robert Thomas Mitchell 01225
16/08/2017 Corp Robert Thomas Mitchell 01224
14/08/2017 Pte. William Wilson 01197
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.
14/08/2017 Pte. William Wilson 01198
14/08/2017 Pte. William Wilson 01199
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt 01200
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 Fusilier Andrew Artt 01202
14/08/2017 Fusilier Andrew Artt 01203
14/08/2017 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn 01204
14/08/2017 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn 01205
14/08/2017 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn 01206
14/08/2017 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn 01207
14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01208
14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01209
14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01210
14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01211
14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01212
14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01213
14/08/2017 POA Alan Miller Cameron Bayne 01214
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 01219
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness 01220
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness 01221
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness 01222
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.
14/08/2017 Fireman Brice Harkness 01223
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
13/08/2017 Sgt. William Neill 01189
13/08/2017 Sgt. William Neill 01190
13/08/2017 Sgt. William Neill 01191
13/08/2017 Fusilier Robert Gildea 01192
13/08/2017 Fusilier Robert Gildea 01193
13/08/2017 Sgt. Thomas James Gildea 01192
13/08/2017 Sgt. Thomas James Gildea 01193
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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13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery 01195
13/08/2017 Gman Charles Montgomery 01196
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 01182
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. George Bleeks (Bleakes) 01179
02/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth 01180
02/08/2017 Pte. Andrew Thomas Booth Last Will and Testament of Private Andrew Thomas Booth
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