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20235   Private John (Jack) McAllister
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 26/05/1894
Died: 09/09/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
John McAllister was the eldest son of Daniel and Elizabeth McAllister. He was born on 26th May 1894 in the district of Magherafelt. The family lived in Ballymultrea, Salterstown. Both he and his father were agricultural labourers. John was a member of Salterstown L.O.L. No 482. John McAllister enlisted in Randalstown, joining the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private John McAllister was killed in action on 9th September 1917 in France.
Further Information
John McAllister was the eldest son of Daniel and Elizabeth McAllister. Daniel McAllister married Elizabeth on 27th July 1891 in Magherafelt district.
John McAllister was born on 26th May 1894 in the district of Magherafelt.
Family: Daniel McAllister, Elizabeth McAllister, Annie McAllister (born 14th July 1892), John McAllister (born 26th May 1894), Susan McAllister (born 10th November 1895), Maggie McAllister (born 15th March 1898).
The 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 11 in Ballyrogully, Loop, County Londonderry. His father was a farm servant.
The 1911 census lists John as age 17, living with the family at house 18 in Ballymultrea, Salterstown. Both he and his father were agricultural labourers.
John was a member of Salterstown L.O.L. No 482.
John McAllister enlisted in Randalstown, joining the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Medal card
Private John McAllister was killed in action on 9th September 1917 in France.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st September 1918:
MCALLISTER – In loving memory of our dear son, Private Jack McAllister, who was killed in action on 9th September 1917.
‘He sleeps away in a foreign land,
In a hollowed grave unknown,
But his name is written in letters of gold,
On the hearts he left at home.
As dawn swept over the trenches,
He fall amidst shot and shell;
Our only grief, we were not there,
To take the last farewell.
For King and country firm he stood,
Unknown to cowards fears;
On the plains of France he fought and died,
With the Ulster Volunteers.’
Ever remembered by his sorrowing father, mother and sister, Salterstown.
Private John McAllister is buried in Hermies British Cemetery, France. This Cemetery is in open countryside a few kilometres west of Bapaume.
He is also commemorated on Ballinderry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
The CWGC record Private McAllister as the son of Daniel and Elizabeth McAllister, of Ballymultrea, Magherafelt, Co. Derry
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballymultrea, Salterstown Loop-Ballyronan Census listing in Ballymultrea 54.688221 -6.538556
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1 1901 Census lists 'Mc Allester' family The 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 11 in Ballyrogully, Loop, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists McAllister family 1911 census lists John as age 17 living with the family at house 18 in Ballymultrea, Salterstown, Londonderry
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of Private John McAllister can be purchased here.
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020