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6329   Rifleman John Faulkner
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/10/1896
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 19
John Faulkner was the eldest son of William and Sarah Jane Faulkner. He was born in the Cookstown area on 5th October 1896. He was the eldest of seven children, six surviving. The family lived in Coolkeeghan, Cookstown. His father was a farmer. At the outbreak of the First World War John Faulkner enlisted at Randalstown, County Antrim, and was trained at Finner Camp, Ballyshannon, County Donegal. Rifleman John Faulkner was serving with the 14th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in his first major engagement, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme, 
Grave Ref: Panel 15A-15B
CWGC Casualty 751344
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 Second Presbyterian Cookstown Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 135
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Faulkner family 1901 census lists John as age 4 at house 1 in Coolkeegan, Tullaghoge, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Faulkner family 1911 census lists John as age 14 at house 3 in Coolkeegan, Tullaghoge, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023