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57550   Company Sergeant Major Francis McMath
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 122 Field Company, Royal Engineers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 20/02/1874
Died: 11/12/1915 (Suicide)
Age: 41
Francis McMath was the son of James and Margaret McMath (nee Boyd). Francis was born on 20th February 1874 in the parish of Carrowdore, near Donaghadee in County Down. He worked and lived in Cookstown while he was an instructor with the Ulster Volunteer Force in County Tyrone. He was well known in all parts County Tyrone. Francis McMath enlisted in Belfast with the 122nd Royal Engineers in October 1914 as a Sapper. With a couple of days he was promoted to Sergeant. In February, he was promoted to Company Sergeant Major. He embarked for France on 4th October 1915. Francis McMath died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while on active service at Louvencourt. CSM McMath had been under close arrest at the time and was due to travel to HQ that morning to answer Court Martial charges.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Louvencourt Military Cemetery
  Louvencourt, Somme
Grave Ref: Grave 1-C-20
CWGC Casualty 117797
Louvencourt is a village 13 kilometres south-east of Doullens on the road (D938) to Albert. The Cemetery is on the south-eastern side of the village.
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 95
References and Links
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1 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
2 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of Francis McMath can be purchased here.
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023