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61888   Private William Thomas Bleeks
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Indian Division, Machine Gun Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 28/08/1890
Died: 17/10/1918 (Died of Illness)
Age: 28
William Thomas Bleeks was a son of James and Elizabeth Bleeks. He was born on 28th August 1890 in the Stewartstown area. His father was an agricultural labourer. William enlisted in Dungannon, joining the Connaught Rangers, Army Number: 9457. He was subsequently transferred to the Machine-Gun Corps. In 1918, whilst William was serving in Palestine, he fell ill and was transferred to hospital in Cairo. He died of illness on Thursday 17th October 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
  , Cairo, 16
Grave Ref: Grave O-322
CWGC Casualty 112174
This cemetery is within the Old Cairo cemetery area, which is situated approximately 5 kilometres south east of the centre of Cairo. The cemetery area is on the south side of the road Salah Salem, which runs west/east from the River Nile towards the green park area approximately 2 kilometres beyond and eventually towards the Citadel. The cemetery is surrounded by a high wall and the double entrance gates are along Sharia Abu Safein. This road is parallel with the railway line which runs south from Cairo main station and both railway and Sharia Abu Safein cross over the main road. Access up to Sharia Abu Safein is by using the northside ramp above the main road underpass, on the east side of the railway.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Donaghenry Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour WWI Stewartstown
2 Stewartstown Cenotaph - WWI Stewartstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 290
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Bleeks family 1901 census lists William as age 10 at house 3 in Glebe, Stewartstown
2 Photo of Private William T Bleeks's grave can be purchased here
3 Forum discussion Brief details of Bleeks family
4 Leading Aircraftman William Bleeks Nephew of Private William T Bleeks
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Private George Bleeks Brother of Private William T Bleeks
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023