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9949   Private Francis Eccles
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 04/12/1888
Died: 03/08/1915 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 26
Francis Eccles was the son of Francis and Mary Eccles. He was born on 4th December 1888 in the Dungannon area. The family lived with the family in Derraghadoan, Donaghmore. His father was a farm labourer. Francis Eccles enlisted in Cookstown about 1909. Private Francis Eccles was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Gallipoli where he was wounded in action. Private Eccles died of his wounds in hospital in Malta on 3rd August 1915. The CWGC record Private F Eccles as the son of Francis and Mary A Eccles of Carland, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Addolorata Cemetery
  Paola, Valetta, 
Grave Ref: Grave E. EA. A. 658
CWGC Casualty 116190
This Cemetery lies south on the outskirts of the village of Paola and is about 5 kilometres away by road from Valletta. The Cemetery is easily located by following the road signs to the airport. Once in the vicinity of Paola the Cemetery is clearly visible. In the cemetery, the main plot is located by the top gate.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 298
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1 1901 Census lists Eccles family 1901 Census lists Francis as 11 living with the family at house 13 in Derraghadoan, Donaghmore, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Eccles family 1911 Census does not list Francis as living with his father at house 4 in Gortnaglush, Donaghmore
3 1911 Census lists Rose Eccles Will beneficiery, sister Rose Eccles
4 Dungannon War Dead Also listed on Dungannon War Dead
5 Gravestone photo of Private Francis Eccles
6 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Francis Eccles
7 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
8 Ulster and Malta Brief details of Private Francis Eccles
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Francis Eccles' grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023