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44434   Private Thomas Darragh
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 19/10/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
Summary      
Thomas Darragh was the second youngest son John and Matilda Darragh. Thomas was born about 1896 in Ballymena. The family lived in Broughshane. Tom, like his father, was a labourer. Private Thomas Darragh served for a time with the Royal Irish Rifles, with the Service No. 8920. Private Thomas Darragh later served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. There is some confusion with this service number, as most military sources (including his will), give the correct number as 44434. Private Thomas Darragh was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds at a base hospital near Boulogne on Saturday 19th October 1918.
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AT THIS POINT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO LINK THIS T DARRAGH WITH COOKSTOWN.
Thomas Darragh was the second youngest son John and Matilda Darragh. Thomas was born about 1896 in Ballymena.
Family: John Darragh, Matilda Darragh, Mary Darragh (born about 1882), Maggie Darragh (born about 1884), Matilda Darragh (born about 1885), John Darragh (born about 1886), Daniel Darragh (born about 1890), James Darragh (born about 1892), Sarah Darragh (born about 1893), Thomas Darragh (born about 1896), Peter Joseph Darragh (born about 1899).
The 1901 census lists Thomas as age 5, living with the family at house 135 in Broughshane, Upper Broughshane, County Antrim. John Darragh was a dealer.
The 1911 census lists Tom as age 16, living with the family at house 73 in Broughshane Town. Tom, like his father, was a labourer.
Thomas Darragh enlisted in Ballymena.
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Private Thomas Darragh served for a time with the Royal Irish Rifles, with the Service No. 8920.
Private Thomas Darragh later served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. There is some confusion with this service number, as most military sources (including his will), give the correct number as 44434. However the CWGC have the number recorded as 44404.
Private Thomas Darragh was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds at a base hospital near Boulogne on Saturday 19th October 1918.
In his will he left all to his mother, Mrs M Darragh.
Last Will and Testament of Private Thomas Darragh dated 27th June 1918:
In the event of my death, I leave all my belongings to my mother, Mrs M Darragh, Broughshane, County Antrim, Ireland. Certified that this will was extracted from the Army Book 64 off 44434 Private Thomas Darragh, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (3/11/18)
Private Thomas Darragh is interred in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Boulogne, France.
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1 1901 Census lists Darragh family 1901 census lists Thomas as age 5, living with the family at house 135 in Broughshane, Upper Broughshane, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Darragh family 1911 census lists Tom as age 16, living with the family at house 73 in Broughshane Town, Broughshane, Antrim
3 Ballymena 1914-18 Brief details of Private Thomas Darragh
4 Ballymena 1914-18 Details of Private Thomas Darragh
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Thomas Darragh
6 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas Darragh's grave can be purchased here
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