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11376   Private Thomas William Steele
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/10/1894
Died: 16/09/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 19
Thomas Steele was the eldest son of Thomas and Catherine Steele. He was born on 29th October 1894 in the Cookstown area. He was the eldest of six children. The family lived at Toberlane, Orritor. His father was a farm labourer. His father died in 1909. His mother remarried. Thomas was a general labourer. Private Thomas William Steele was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Belgium on Wednesday 16th September 1914. He had been in the army for little over a year.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial
  La Ferte, Seine-et-Marne, 
Grave Ref:
CWGC Casualty 724198
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre is a small town 66 kilometres to the east of Paris, located on the main road (N3) running east from Paris. The Memorial is situated in a small park on the south-western edge of the town, on the south bank of the River Marne, just off the main road to Paris, The Memorial Register is kept at the Town Hall.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
3 St Luran's Church, Church Street Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 22
2 Oldtown National School
3 Derryloran Parish Church 1915
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'Steel' family 1901 census lists Thomas W as age 6 living with the family at house 5 in Toberlane, Oritor, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Steele & Martin family 1911 census lists Thomas William as 17 living with the family at house 77 in Church Street, Cookstown
3 Derryloran Parish Church of Ireland Roll of Honour Published in the Mid-Ulster Mail on Saturday 2 January 1915
4 Photo of Private Thomas W Steele's inscription
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023