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8845   Lance Corporal William McCann
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 25/10/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
William McCann was the son of John McCann. He was born in Stewartstown about 1889. William enlisted in Newry. Lance Corporal William McCann was serving with A Company in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in France on Sunday 25th October 1914. Lance Corporal W McCann has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial in France. The CWGC record Corporal William McCann as the son of the late John McCann, of 42 Greenville Road, Bloomfield, Belfast.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 42-43
CWGC Casualty 856552
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 27
References and Links
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1 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
2 Possible 1901 Census lists McCann family Possibly lists William as age 11 living with the family at house 336 in Donegal Road, Saint Anne's Ward Belfast
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