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4304   Private Alexander McIlree
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/09/1890
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
Alexander McIlree was born at Annahavil near Cookstown and worked for Alexander Barclay at Drapersfield before joining the Inniskillings in November 1913. He was one of eight boys from the same family to join up for service during the First World War. Alexander’s body was discovered on the battlefield by two soldiers. In forwarding home his personal belongings they sent a letter saying that he had fallen in action near them, being struck by shell shrapnel and had died a soldiers death, fighting for King and Country.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais, 
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 853700
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 St Andrews Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour Ardtrea
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 51
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 1901 Census lists McIlree family 1901 census lists Sandy as 10 years old at house 6 in Dufless Tullaghoge
2 1911 Census lists McIlree family Lists 'Sandy' as 19 living with the family at house 23 in Tullyveagh, Red Row Village, Coagh, Tyrone
3 Comments Some details of the McIlree family
4 Facebook page Some details of Private Alexander McIlree
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 The Fighting McIlrees Some details of the McIlree family (including song)
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023