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3022   Private Joseph Bayne
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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: 01/10/1915 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 30
Summary      
Joseph Bayne resided in Orritor Street, Cookstown with his wife Catherine (nee Rooney) prior to active service with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He had previously been employed at Gunning’s factory. He went with his Battalion to Gallipoli where he was seriously wounded and was sent back to England for hospital treatment. His condition gradually deteriorated and he died from his wounds on Friday 1st October 1915.
Private Joseph Bayne
Further Information
Joseph Bayne was born in County Tyrone about 1885.
Church Street, Cookstown
The 1911 census shows that he was living as a boarder in Church Street in Cookstown. He was single and working as a factory worker. He is listing on the Gunning’s Factory Memorial so it is presumed he was working there at that time.
Gunnings Factory, Milburn, Cookstown
Joseph Bayne was a member of the William Orr Branch, Irish National Forresters, Cookstown.
Joseph married Catherine Rooney on 26th September 1914 in Cookstown Roman Catholic Church. They had one child. Thomas Bayne was born on 22nd October 1914 in Cookstown.
Joseph Bayne had been living in Orritor Street, Cookstown with his wife prior to the war.
1915
Joseph Bayne photo
Medal card
Private Joseph Bayne was with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Gallipoli where he was seriously wounded in the back on 5th April 1915.
His wife, who was by then living in Coagh Street, received a letter from him in May saying he was in hospital in Malta.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th May 1915:
Mrs Bayne, Coagh Street, Cookstown, has received a letter from her husband, Private Joseph Bayne, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers that he was wounded in the back and is in hospital at Malta.
Private Joseph Bayne was later sent to Greece for more hospital treatment.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 21st August 1915:
Private John Doyle, 1st Inniskillings, whose mother resides at Loy Street, Cookstown, has also arrived home on a week’s leave. After training in Dublin he went out to the Dardanelles in a draft from Londonderry, and was in the fighting line for two months. A piece of shrapnel from a shell which burst near him wounded him severely on the cheek in a downward flight, and lodged in his left shoulder. The sight of his right eye is seriously affected and the doctors have advised an operation. He was unconscious for seven days, and woke to consciousness in the No 2 Camp Eye Hospital, Glymnopolulo, Alexandria. With the exception of the weakness of the eye, Private Doyle is now almost recovered. He saw in hospital Alex. Knipe, Joseph Bain and Thomas Devlin, all wounded, but doing well, and in good spirits when he left.
Private Bayne’s condition gradually deteriorated and he died from his wounds at the Military Hospital, Coventry, on Friday 1st October 1915. He was 30 years old.
The military authorities asked if the family wanted his remains returned to Cookstown. This was the family’s wish and on Tuesday 5th October his remains were met at Cookstown by a large crowd. Much sympathy was felt for his young wife and her only child, a little boy who had been born after his father had left for active service. His aged mother wept over the coffin of her son.
The members of the William Orr Branch, Irish National Forresters showed their respect for their late brother by assembling and marching in processional order in front of the funeral cortege, headed by Messrs Lewis Devlin (Chief Ranger), John Hagan (S.C.R.), Dr Gillespie (Branch surgeon), and Patrick McClarnon (Sec).
His remains were taken to Holy Trinity Church, Cookstown where the Rev. Father McLaughlin, CC, officiated at Requiem Mass. Funeral arrangements were conducted by John Mulgrew and Son, Cookstown.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd October 1915:
BAYNE - 30th September at the Military hospital, Coventry, from wounds received at the Dardanelles, Private Joseph Bayne, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, of Coagh Street, Cookstown.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th October 1915:
BAYNE – In loving memory of Joseph Bayne, who died 1st October 1915
‘Farewell dear wife I had to go, and leave you in this world of woe.
Weep not for me nor sorrow take, but love my young son for my sake.
Rest dear husband, thy pain is over, thy loving hand will toil no more.
A faithful husband true and kind, none on this world like him I find.’
Inserted by his sorrowing wife, and by his sister-in-law and brother-in law, Ellen and Willie.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th October 1915: Cookstown Soldier’s Funeral - Private Joseph Bayne
The remains of the late Private Joseph Bayne, 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, whose wife resided at Coagh Street, Cookstown, were interred on Tuesday in Derryloran Old Churchyard, amid many evidences of grief, and of respect for the gallant soldier, of whom it can be truly written – ‘He died for his country, what more could he do?’ Private Bayne died on Friday 1st October in a Military Hospital in Coventry as a result of wounds received at the Dardanelles on 5th April. The military authorities inquired if the relatives would wish the remains sent home, and on receiving a reply in the affirmative, the corpse was coffined and despatched to Cookstown and arrived on Tuesday, where the remains were met by a large assemblage of all creeds and classes, and of both sexes. Much sympathy was felt for the grief stricken young wife, and her only child, a little boy born since he went on active service. No less affecting was the grief of his aged mother, as she wept over the coffin of her son – and not so many years ago her baby. The deceased was a member of the William Orr branch of the Irish National Forresters, Cookstown, and the members showed their respect for their late brother by assembling and marching in processional order in front of the funeral cortege, headed by Messrs Lewis Devlin (chief ranger), John Hagan (S.C.R.), Dr Gillespie (branch surgeon) and Patrick McClarnon (secretary). They also sent a beautiful wreath. Wreaths were also sent by the female branch of the local Forresters, and ‘from mother, brother and sisters’, and from ‘the nursing staff of the Military Hospital, Coventry’. The remains were taken into the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, where the prayers for the dead were recited by Rev Father McLaughlin, C.C., who also officiated at the grave side. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs John Mulgrew & son, Cookstown.
1916
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 30th September 1916:
BAYNE – In loving memory of Private Joseph Bayne, who died of wounds received at the Dardanelles, on 1st October 1915.
‘Twelve long and dreary months has passed, since that great sorrow fell.
The shock that I received that day, I Still remember well.
And as long as life and memory lasts, I will remember thee.
Oft I sit and think on him when I am alone,
For memory is the only thing that grief can call its own,
Like ivy on the withered oak when all other things decay,
My love for him will still keep green and never fade away.’
The Lord have mercy on his soul. Inserted by his loving wife and little son, Coagh Street, Cookstown.
1918
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th November 1918:
Mrs Bayne and little son desire to thank all kind friends of Messrs Gunning & Son Ltd, who by letter, on the 14th November 1918, sympathised with them in their sad loss, in the hour of rejoicing for victory and peace. Coagh Street, Cookstown.
Memorials
Private Joseph Bayne is interred in St. Luran’s Old Roman Catholic Churchyard, Chapel Hill, Cookstown.
Joseph Bayne grave
Joseph Bayne grave
Private Bayne is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and Gunning’s Factory Memorial.
The CWGC record Private Joseph Bayne as the husband of Catherine Bayne (nee Rooney), of Orritor Street, Cookstown. Private is record also as being wounded at Gallipoli.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Church Street Cookstown South Census listing in Church Street, Cookstown 54.638019 -6.743886
2 Gunnings Factory Cookstown North Worked at Gunnings Factory 54.649622 -6.751954
3 St. Lurans Churchyard Cookstown South Buried in St. Lurans Churchyard 54.636622 -6.752083
4 Coagh Street Cookstown Central Wife lived in Coagh Street 54.648437 -6.743502
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Joseph as single 1911 census lists Joseph as age 26, a mill worker, at house 114 in Church Street
2 Forum discussion More information on Joseph Bayne
3 National Archives UK Medal card of Joseph 'Bane' can be purchased here
4 Private Thomas Devlin In Alexandria hospital with Private Joseph Bayne
5 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of Joseph Bayne can be purchased here.
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