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24271   Private Joseph McGall
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 19
Summary      
Joseph McGall was the son of Ignatius and Margaret McGall. He was born in Scotland about 1897. The 1911 census lists Joseph as age 14, living with the family at house 17 in Ballydonnell, Salterstown, County Londonderry. His father was a widower. Joseph had left school and was working on his fatherís farm. Private Joseph McGall was serving in C Company, with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
Further Information
Joseph McGall was the son of Ignatius and Margaret McGall.
Joseph McGall was born in Scotland about 1897.
Known family: Ignatius McGall, Margaret McGall, Joseph McGall (born about 1897), John McGall (born about 1899).
The 1911 census lists Joseph as age 14, living with the family at house 17 in Ballydonnell, Salterstown, County Londonderry. His father was a widower. Joseph had left school and was working on his fatherís farm.
Joseph was a member of Salterstown L.O.L. No. 482
Joseph McGall enlisted at Randalstown.
Medal card
Private Joseph McGall was serving in C Company, with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
The 10th Battalion attacked close to where the Ulster Tower now stands, and at first were shielded from the worst of the machine-gun fire by a rise in the ground, but as soon as they crested this rise they were subjected to heavy and accurate machine-gun fire.
Private Joseph McGall has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
Private Joseph McGall is also commemorated on Ballinderry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
The CWGC record Private Joseph McGall as the son of Ignatius and Margaret McGall of Ballydonnell, Ballyronan, County Londonderry.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballydonnell, Ballyronan Loop-Ballyronan CWGC records parents in Ballydonnell 54.681554 -6.541248
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists McGall family 1911 census lists Joseph as age 14 at house 17 in Ballydonnell, Salterstown
2 Facebook page Photo of Lance Corporal James McAleece's inscription
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2021