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20/09/2017 R/man William Hobson From the Tyrone Courier dated 23rd March 1916: Dungannon Soldier’s Escape (Henry Harry Hobson - brother of William Hobson)
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20/09/2017 R/man William Hobson Sergeant Edward Lucas, Parkanaur, and Privates Harry Hobson and Ted McNeill, Dungannon, all of the 9th Inniskilling Fusiliers, have had a very narrow shave in the trenches in France. While on duty they were subjected to shell fire from the Germans. A large piece of shrapnel shell, about two pounds in weight, skimmed over the parapet, and knocking the steel helmet off Sergeant Lucas, buried itself about a foot and a half in the bottom of the trench between Privates Hobson and McNeill.
19/09/2017 R/man William Hobson From the Tyrone Courier dated 10th February 1916: With the Ulster Division (Henry Harry Hobson - brother of William Hobson)
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19/09/2017 R/man William Hobson Writing to his brother, Mr Ben Hobson, Dungannon, Private Harry Hobson, 9th Inniskillings, says:-
19/09/2017 R/man William Hobson ‘Just a few lines in answer to your kind and welcome letter which I got alright., and the Tyrone Courier you send me every week. You might not send me out any more cigarettes for we get plenty out here and alos tobacco, and I am very thankful to you all the same. We get a glass of rum sometimes too. I hope the 18th December passed over in peace. I suppose you burned Lundy as the Inniskillings burned him in France; the French people thought he was the Kaiser and they were all glad to see him burn. We had the Lord Primate of All Ireland speaking to us today. It is very wet out here at present, raining every day. We are all in the best of health.'
16/09/2017 Able Seaman Malachy Hannon Newspaper reports from December 1915 list the family as living at Railway Cottage, Stewartstown.
16/09/2017 Able Seaman Malachy Hannon From the Tyrone Courier dated 9th December 1915:
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16/09/2017 Able Seaman Malachy Hannon Mr Malachy Hannon, Royal Navy, son of Mr James Hannon, Railway Cottage, Stewartstown, who volunteered in Glasgow at the outbreak of the war, has received a slight shrapnel wound at the Dardanelles, and is in hospital in Malta.
15/09/2017 R/man William Hobson From the Tyrone Courier dated 2nd December 1915:
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15/09/2017 R/man William Hobson Writing to his brother, Mr Joseph Hobson, caretaker of Dungannon sanatorium, Rifleman William Hobson, 16th Irish Rifles, (who is one of two brothers serving with the Ulster Division) says:-
15/09/2017 R/man William Hobson ‘I am sure you will wonder at me at not writing sooner, but this is the first chance I have got since I got your post card. I am keeping in good health and doing well. I am just out of the trenches, so that is how I have got a chance to write. I would like you to send me some tobacco when you write again. I haven’t seen Harry since I left England and I haven’t seen any other relatives.’
12/09/2017 R/man William Hobson From the Tyrone Courier dated 18th November 1915: With the Ulster Division Henry Harry Hobson (brother of William Hobson)
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12/09/2017 R/man William Hobson Mr Ben Hobson, Dungannon, has received the following letter from his brother, Private Harry Hobson, 9th Inniskillings, who is serving with the Ulster Division in France:
12/09/2017 R/man William Hobson ‘I received you kind and welcome letter and was glad to hear that you are well as this leaves me the same at present. I have to thank Miss Kathleen Chambre for her present, it is very useful here. We are just out of the trenches for a rest. We had very wet weather in them and up to our knees in mud. You would have laughed if you had seen where I wrote the last letter to you. I have not seen Willie since I came out nor do I know what part he is in. We were only 200 yards off the German trenches in the place we were in. I hear no word of the war being over yet; it might be a year yet or more. I saw lots of boys from Dungannon and Coalisland that I knew. You can tell my father I was asking for him.’
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Joseph Newell was a son of Rachel and William Newell. William Newell and Rachel Anderson were married on 19th September 1886 in the district of Cookstown.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Joseph Newell was born on 7th July 1894 in Stewartstown. He was one of twelve children, eight surviving.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell The 1901 census lists Joseph as age 6, living with family at house 80 in North Street, Stewartstown. His father was a general labourer.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Family: William Newell, Rachel Newell, George Newell (born 30th May 1887), William Newell (born 1st January 1889), Samuel Newell (born 11th September 1890), James Newell (born 9th September 1892), Joseph Newell (born 7th July 1894), John Newell (born 11th June 1896), Ernest Newell (born 19th April 1898, died 19th April 1898), Mary Newell (born 22nd February 1899, died 6th April 1899), Anna Victoria Georgina Newell (born 27th February 1900), Mary Newell (born 13th January 1902), Henry Newell (born 10th August 1903), Jane Newell (born 9th January 1906. died 27th April 1907).
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Joseph’s father, William Newell, died on 10th May 1910 in Stewartstown, aged 50.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell The 1911 census does not list Joseph as living with the family at house 29 in North Street, Stewartstown. His mother was a widow.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Joseph joined the army at young age.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell From 1912 he was an officer’s servant. His master, with whom he was very popular, was medically unfit for active service and it could have been arranged that young Newell could have remained with him at home.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Private Joseph Newell elected to go to the front.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Private Joseph Newell was serving with ‘A’ Company in the the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Wednesday 21st October 1914.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell On the 21st October 1914, the Inniskillings came under a ferocious attack and were driven back a few hundred yards. It was during this attack that Joseph lost his life. From about 5.15pm they held the enemy and re-took their former trench after midnight.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell When he was killed in action he had three other brothers serving. James was in the Army Veterinary Corps, Samuel in India, and John, who served beside him in the same company. Sadly, John was to survive his brother by just a little over two weeks.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Both Private Joseph Newell and Private John Newell have no known grave and they are commemorated sided by side on panel 5 of the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Both Joseph and John Newell are also commemorated on Stewartstown Cenotaph and Donaghendry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell The CWGC record Private Joseph Newell as the son of Rachel Newell of North Street, Stewartstown, County Tyrone, and of the late William Newell.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell In his will, Joseph Newell left all to his mother, who was living at North Street, Stewartstown.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Last Will and Testament of Private Joseph Newell:
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell From the Tyrone Courier dated 6th May 1915: Stewartstown Man’s Letter – Wants Back to the Front (Private James Newell – brother of Joseph Newell)
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09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Private James Newell, who left Kildare on 6th August last, and has been some seven or eight months at the front, writes to his sister, Miss Annie Newell, North Street, Stewartstown, from No 2 Veterinary Hospital, Army Veterinary Corps, British Expeditionary Force, to the effect that he is doing all right, but longing to be back again at the front, which he hopes will soon be. His letter for the most part consists of domestic affairs, offering advice and encouragement to his mother and other relatives, and looking forward to a brighter future at the end of the war, which he hopes will not be too long. It will be recollected that two of his brothers have been killed in action, while another has been wounded.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell From the Tyrone Courier dated 8th July 1915: Stewartstown Soldiers’ Letter (James and Samuel Newell – brothers of Joseph Newell)
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09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Mrs Newell, North Street, Stewartstown, has received a letter from her son Corporal James Newell, No 2 Veterinary Hospital, Army Veterinary Corps, British Expeditionary Force, in which he acknowledges the receipt of parcels of comforts, etc., and states that at present he is quite well. Mrs Newell has also received a letter from her son Samuel, of the 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, dated at Rouen, France, to the same effect. Mrs Newell’s fifth son, William, is at present at Randalstown in training for the front.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell From the Belfast Newsletter dated 13th January 1915: Tyrone Family’s Military Record
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09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Mrs R Newell, North Street, Stewartstown had received a letter informing her that the King he had heard with much interest that she had four sons in the army, and assuring her that His Majesty appreciated the spirit and patriotism which prompted this example in one family of loyalty and devotion to Sovereign and country. Mrs Newell had two sons killed in November, Joseph aged 20 and John aged 18. Another son joined the army during the past week, making the total of sons given to the services five, all attached to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. In addition she has two brothers and thirteen cousins serving in the British Army.
09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell From the Tyrone Courier dated 19th August 1915: (Sergeant James Newell – brother of Joseph Newell)
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09/09/2017 Pte. Joseph Newell Mr J Newell, North Street, Stewartstown, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is attached to the 2nd Veterinary Hospital, Army Veterinary Corps, British Expeditionary Force.
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09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell John Newell was a son of Rachel and William Newell. William Newell and Rachel Anderson were married on 19th September 1886 in the district of Cookstown.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell John Newell was born on 11th June 1896 in Stewartstown. He was one of twelve children, eight surviving.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell The 1901 census lists John as age 4, living with family at house 80 in North Street, Stewartstown. His father was a general labourer.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell Family: William Newell, Rachel Newell, George Newell (born 30th May 1887), William Newell (born 1st January 1889), Samuel Newell (born 11th September 1890), James Newell (born 9th September 1892), Joseph Newell (born 7th July 1894), John Newell (born 11th June 1896), Ernest Newell (born 19th April 1898, died 19th April 1898), Mary Newell (born 22nd February 1899, died 6th April 1899), Anna Victoria Georgina Newell (born 27th February 1900), Mary Newell (born 13th January 1902), Henry Newell (born 10th August 1903), Jane Newell (born 9th January 1906. died 27th April 1907).
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell John’s father, William Newell, died on 10th May 1910 in Stewartstown, aged 50.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell The 1911 census lists John as 14, living with the family at house 29 in North Street, Stewartstown. He had left school and was working as a telegraph messenger. His mother was a widow.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell John Newell enlisted in Cookstown but probably had some initial experience of army life.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell Private John Newell served along with his elder brother, Private Joseph Newell in A Company in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell His brother was killed in action just over two weeks before he himself was killed.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell Private John Newell was killed in action on 7th November 1914 when his unit was sent out to recover trenches on the edge of Ploegsteert Wood. Two desperate assaults were made, during which John was killed.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell Both Private Joseph Newell and Private John Newell have no known grave and they are commemorated sided by side on panel 5 of the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell Both Joseph and John Newell are also commemorated on Stewartstown Cenotaph and Donaghendry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
09/09/2017 Pte. John Newell The CWGC record Private John Newell as the son of Rachel Newell of North Street, Stewartstown, County Tyrone, and of the late William Newell.
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09/09/2017 Pte. William Thomas Bleeks 01257
09/09/2017 Pte. George Bleeks (Bleakes) 01257
09/09/2017 R/man Francis Carron 01258
09/09/2017 Pte. John Donaldson 01257
09/09/2017 Pte. Robert Hogshaw 01257
04/09/2017 Pte. Samuel Mills 01250
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