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   Lieutenant Colonel William John Law
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/04/1879
Died: 19/12/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
William John Law was the only son of Thomas and Margaretta Law. He was born in Cookstown on 10th April 1879. All three known children were born in Cookstown. His father was a Royal Irish Constabulary Sergeant. William was educated at Derryloran School, Cookstown and Trinity College. He subsequently became an Inspector of Factories. In 1906 he joined the 7th Lancashire Fusiliers. Lieut Col William J Law was killed in action on 19th December 1915 during the Gallipoli campaign. He was mentioned in despatches twice and was awarded the Croix de Guerre.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery
  Cape Helles, Gallipoli
Grave Ref: C.305
CWGC Casualty 603212
Take the road opposite the Kabatepe Museum to Helles/Alcitepe. After 14.2 km's, take a right turn at the 'T' junction to Twelve Tree Copse and other Helles cemeteries. After 14.3 km's take the left fork and the cemetery will be found on the right after 15.4 km's. Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery is in the Helles area, about 1 km south-west of the village of Krithia.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 98
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Law family Does not list William as living with the family at house 39 in Hanover Street, Portadown Urban, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists Law family Does not list William as living with the family at house 35 in Edward Street, Portadown Urban, Armagh
3 Irish Life - Our Heroes Details of W J Law including photo
4 IWM Website IWM Page on Lieutenant Colonel William John Law
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Portadown War Memorial Law William J., (Croix de Guerre) Lieut.-Col. Lancashire Fusiliers, Edward Street
7 The Gazette 28 Feb 1916 Confirmation of award of Croix de Guerre
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieut Col William J Law's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023