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A/203561   Rifleman William McCann
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 12th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/10/1894
Died: 11/10/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 23
William McCann was the eldest son of Kinley and Mary McCann. He was born in Stewartstown on 31st October 1894. He was the eldest of at least eight children. The family had moved to Belfast by January 1908.His father was a carpenter. By 1911 William had left school and was working as a message boy. William served with the Royal Army Service Corps for a time. Rifleman William McCann was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps when he died of wounds in France on 11th October 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Houchin British Cemetery
  Bethune, Pas-de-Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 3-B-14
CWGC Casualty 513015
Houchin is a village situated between Barlin and Bethune, about 5 kilometres south of Bethune. Houchin British Cemetery is on the south-west side of Houchin village. There are CWGC signposts to be found in the village of Houchin and on the main D72 road.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 287
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McCann family Lists William as age 6 living with the family at house 2 in Linfield Street, St George's Ward, Belfast
2 1911 Census lists McCann family Lists Willie as age 16 living with the family at house 19 in Howe Street, Shankill, Antrim
3 Photo of Rifleman William McCann's grave
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Rifleman William McCann
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Rifleman William McCann
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman William McCann's grave can be purchased here
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