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17827   Private Samuel Spiers
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 07/11/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 33
Samuel Spiers was a son of Robert and Ellen Spiers of Gortalowry, Cookstown. Prior to the war he lived in Church Street and was employed in Greenvale Mill (Adairís) He was a member of Tullyhogue L.O.L. He married circa 1912 Samuel Spiers was killed action on 7th November 1916 by a trench mortar and was the only fatal casualty. Two others were wounded in the same incident.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Pond Farm Cemetery
  Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave E-14
CWGC Casualty 454235
Pond Farm Cemetery is located south-west of Ieper near the village of Wulvergem. From Ieper town centre follow the Rijselstraat to the roundabout at the ring road; go straight over the roundabout and follow direction for Armentieres. In the next village at the roundabout bear right in the direction of Mesen. Follow the main road straight through Wijtschate and onto Mesen. On reaching the village of Mesen, turn right at the crossroads in the direction of Wulvergem. At the crossroads in Wulvergem by the church turn right in the direction of Wijtschate. Follow this road for a short distance then take the first turning left into Vrooilandstraat. The cemetery is along here on the left.
Local Memorial Details

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1 First Cookstown Presbyterian Roll Of Honour Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 184
2 Adairs Mill Greenvale
3 Cookstown Presbyterian Churches
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Spiers family 1901 census lists Samuel as age 27, a labourer at Bleach Green, at house 96 in Church Street, Cookstown
2 1911 Census lists Spiers family 1911 census lists Samuel as age 40, a labourer, at house 110 in Church Street, Cookstown
3 Photo of Private Samuel Spiers's grave
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Samuel Spiers
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Samuel Spiers's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023