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1035372   Leading Aircraftman William James Bleeks
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 11/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Date Of Birth: 28/05/1918
Died: 20/06/1942 (Died by accident)
Age: 24
William James Bleeks was the eldest son of Robert and Elizabeth Anna Bleeks. He was born on 28th May 1918 in the Stewartstown area. The family lived at Hawthorn Cottage, Stewartstown. William married and lived in Portdown with ih two children. Prior to enlistment William worked in the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown. William served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in Orkney. He was killed in a motor accident on 20th June 1942.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Seagoe Cemetery
  Portadown, Co Armagh, 6
Grave Ref:
CWGC Casualty 2690053
The cemetery is on the Lurgan road. There are 6 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 9 of the 1939-1945 war here. William James Bleeks is the only person on the Cookstown War Dead.
Local Memorial Details

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

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 337
References and Links
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1 Photo of Aircraftman William Bleeks' grave
2 Lurgan Ancestry Brief details of Aircraftman William Bleeks
3 Portadown War Memorial William James Bleeks commemerated on Portadown War Memorial - WW2
4 Private William T Bleeks Uncle of Leading Aircraftman William James Bleeks
5 RAF Commands More details on cause of death
6 Seagoe Parish Church, Portadown William James Bleeks Commemerated on Headstone Inscription at Seagoe Parish Church
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Aircraftman William Bleeks' grave can be purchased here
8 Wartime NI Death due to head injuries received in car accident
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023