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   Lieutenant William John McVeagh
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/11/1893
Died: 28/12/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
William John McVeigh was a son of James McVeigh of Loy Hill, Cookstown. After five months training as a Cadet he was gazetted Second Lieutenant in March 1915. After seeing a great deal of active service on the Western Front and being wounded on three occasions he was gazetted Lieutenant and sent to Salonika. He also served in Egypt and Palestine. He was killed in action on 28th December 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Jerusalem War Cemetery
  Jerusalem  14
Grave Ref: Grave F-31
CWGC Casualty 647555
Jerusalem War Cemetery is 4.5 kilometres north of the walled city and is situated on the neck of land at the north end of the Mount of Olives, to the west of Mount Scopus. The cemetery is found on Churchill Blvd, sandwiched between Hadassah Hospital and the Hyatt Hotel. The Australian Memorial is opposite the cemetery entrance.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 238
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McVeigh family 1901 census lists Willie John as age 7, son of a grocer, at house 21 in James's Street Cookstown
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory The Cookstown Section lists William's father James as a grocer at James St
3 1911 Census lists 'McVeagh' family Does not list William as living with the family at house 32 in James's Street, Cookstown, Tyrone
4 Facebook Photo of visit to grave
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Lieutenant William John McVeigh
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieut William McVeigh's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023