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3645   Rifleman William John Greer
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
William James Greer was born at Mawillian, Cookstown. He enlisted in Belfast, with the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. This Battalion was raised in Belfast from the Belfast Volunteers and did much of their training at Newcastle, Ballykinlar and Seaford. They landed at Boulogne in October 1915. Their training continued until just prior to the start of the Somme offensive. William James was killed on the first day of the battle as he tried to cross No Mans Land
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Panel 15A-15B
CWGC Casualty 787504
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 Coagh Presbyterian Church Roll Of Honour Coagh
2 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 1 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 137
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Greer family 1901 census lists William J as age 17, working as a servant at house 1 in Ballynargan, Coagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Greer family 1911 census lists William John as age 26, living with his family at house 11 in Tullyveagh, Coagh, Tyrone
3 Forum Discussion (Somme Mid Ulster) Details of 3645 Rifleman William John Greer
4 Forum Discussion (South Belfast) Details of 3645 Rifleman William John Greer
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here - Service No. 10/3645
6 Possible 1901 Census lists Greer family Possible 1901 census lists William John as age 20, iving with the family at house 202 in Mayo Street, Woodvale Ward, Antrim
7 Ballynargan lies between Coagh and Stewartstown
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