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11234   Rifleman Charles Symington
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 03/01/1879
Died: 11/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
Charles Symington was born in Cookstown on 3rd January 1879. His motherís maiden name seems to have been Purvis. All the siblings were born in Cookstown apart from Joseph who was born in Dungannon in 1881 and John, who was born in Belfast in 1884. Charles Symington enlisted in Belfast where he was living. Rifleman Charles Symington was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on Wednesday 11th August 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  Cape Helles, Gallipoli
Grave Ref: Panel 177-178
CWGC Casualty 686216
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 73
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists a Symington family Possible listing of Charles as age 19, living with the family at house 17.1 in Colin Street, Smithfield, Antrim
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023