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14603   Corporal John Henry Fitzsimons
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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: 16/11/1894
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
John Henry Fitzsimons was the son of Charles Edward and Jeanie Fitzsimons. He was born in Coagh, County Tyrone on 16th November 1894. He was one ten children. Johnís father was a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary, which may explain why the family moved around quite regularly. They lived in Coagh, Cookstown and Benburb. By 1911, the family were living in Aughnacloy and John was a draperís apprentice in Belfast. John Henry Fitzsimons enlisted in Belfast. Corporal John Henry Fitzsimons was serving with the 14th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he died in his first engagement. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Connaught Cemetery
  Thiepval, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 1-A-8
CWGC Casualty 526697
Thiepval is a village about 8 kilometres north-east of Albert. The Cemetery (signposted in the village) is on the edge of Thiepval Wood near the Ulster Tower, about one kilometre north-west of Thiepval on the Thiepval-Hamel road (D73).
Local Memorial Details

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1 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 1 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 135
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1 1901 Census lists Fitzsimons family 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 5 in Union St, Cookstown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Fitzsimons family 1911 census does not list John as living with the family at house 31 in Moore Street, Aughnacloy Tyrone)
3 1911 Census lists John H Fitzsimons 1911 census lists John Henry as boarding at house 47 in Agnes Street, Court Ward, Antrim
4 Ardboe Heritage Details of Corporal John Henry Fitzsimons
5 Photo of Corporal John Henry Fitzsimons's grave
6 Flickr Photo of Corporal John Henry Fitzsimons's grave
7 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Corporal John Henry Fitzsimons's grave can be purchased here
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