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27419   Private George McCracken
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 27/11/1897
Died: 19/09/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 20
George McCracken was the eldest son of Joseph and Lizzie McCracken. He was born on 27th November 1897 in Castledawson. The family lived in Tamniarn, Castledawson. His father was a farm labourer. George McCracken enlisted in Cookstown and served with D company, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. His mother, Lizzie McCracken, died on 4th February 1917 in Castledawson. She was 41 years old. Three months later, their eldest daughter Mary died on 6th May 1917, age 18. Private George McCracken died on wounds on 19th September 1918. He was 20 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: La Kreule Military Cemetery
  Hazebrouk, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 4-A-1
CWGC Casualty 69849
La Kreule is a small hamlet 2 kilometres north of Hazebrouck, on the road to St Sylvestre-Cappel and Steenvoorde. Leave Hazebrouck on the D916 heading north. The Cemetery is visible from the roundabout where the D916 crosses the Hazebrouck by-pass. The access road to the cemetery is 100 metres off the roundabout, on the left hand side.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 300
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McCracken family 1901 census lists George as age 3 living with the family at house 61 in Tamniarn, Castledawson, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists 'McCrackin' family 1911 census lists George as age 13 living with the family at house 13 in Tamniaran, Castledawson, Londonderry
3 Photo of Private George McCracken's grave
4 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private George McCracken including photos
5 Magherafelt War Dead Also listed on Magherafelt War Dead
6 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private George McCracken's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023