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23065   Private Michael McWilliams
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 20/09/1893
Died: 09/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Michael McWilliams was the eldest son of John and Maggie McWilliams. He was born in Lissan, near Moneymore on 20th September 1893. He was the oldest of seven children, five surviving. They all seem to have been born in Lissan. John McWilliams was a labourer. Private Michael McWilliams was serving with the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Saturday 9th September 1916. In his will, Michael left his effects to his mother, who was living at Tullynure Cottage in Lissan, Cookstown.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Panel 4D-5B
CWGC Casualty 804051
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

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 172
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McWilliams family 1901 Census lists Michael as 7 living with the family at house 22 in Clagan, Lisson Upper, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists McWilliams family 1911 Census does not list Michael as living with his parents at house 4 in Caneese, Lissan Upper, Londonderry
3 J McWilliams There is an unknown J McWilliams listed on Moneymore War Memorial
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Michael McWilliams
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023