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4795   Private Frederick William Ekin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Old Public School Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 20/07/1893
Died: 18/08/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 23
Frederick William Ekin was the eldest son of John and Annie Ekin. Frederick was born on 20th July 1893 in the Shankill area of Belfast. Frederick lived in Belfast. John Ekin was a grocery agent. Frederick was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and attended Queens University for one year, 1914-1915, and was a Member of Training Corps. On enlistment he served with the Royal Fusiliers (Old Public Schools Battalion) and was seriously wounded, having received a gunshot to his arm at the Battle of the Somme on 20th July 1916. He died in Edinburgh War Hospital, Bangor, Scotland and was buried in Belfast City Cemetery. As far as can be ascertained, Fredrick Ekin never lived in Coagh.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Belfast City Cemetery
  Belfast, Co Antrim, 6
Grave Ref: Grave L-l-548
CWGC Casualty 660764
The cemetery has commemorations from both world wars and a Cross of Sacrifice is erected within the site. There are now 296 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 274 of the 1939-1945 war commemorated here. Of the 1939-1945 burials 5 are unidentified. There are also 3 Norwegian Foreign Nationals and 7 non world war burials here. Those of the 1914-1918 war whose graves are not marked by headstones are named on a Screen Wall memorial in Plot H.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Queens University Belfast
2 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 161
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1 1901 Census lists Ekin family 1901 census lists Fredk Wm as age 7 at house 1 in Ashley Gardens, Duncairn, Belfast
2 1911 Census lists Ekin family 1911 census lists Frederick William as age 17 at house 1 in Ashley Gardens, Duncairn, Belfast
3 Photo of Private Frederick William Ekin's grave
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Queen’s University War Memorial 'Ekin, Frederick William, Private, Royal Fusiliers, (City of London Regiment)'
6 Queens Univ. Book of Remembrance 1952 Page 20. Member of Training Corps 1914-1915
7 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Past pupil of Inst. Includes photo of grave and Frederick
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Frederick William Ekin's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023