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27927   Private John McKenna
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 23/11/1915 (Killed in Action)
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Summary      
John McKenna was the son of Catherine McKenna. John was born in Kildress, Cookstown, County Tyrone. John McKenna was working in Govan, Scotland when he enlisted in the army at the outbreak of war. Private John McKenna was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Tuesday 23rd November 1915. In his Will, he left all to his mother, who was living in Upper Killeenan, Kildress.
Further Information
John McKenna was the son of Mrs Catherine McKenna.
John was born in Kildress, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Medal card
On 16th November 1915 the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings were posted to 14th Infantry Brigade, 5th Division, and held the position at Suzanne, on the Somme.
Private John McKenna was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Tuesday 23rd November 1915.
John McKenna was working in Govan, Scotland when he enlisted in the army at the outbreak of war.
In his Will, he left all to his mother, Catherine, who was living in Upper Killeenan, Kildress, Cookstown.
Last Will and Testament of Private John McKenna:
John McKenna : Will Information
John McKenna : Form-filled Will
In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to Mrs. Catherine McKenna, Mother, Upper Killeenan, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. 6th Company, 3rd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers . 11th September 1916. Sign by two witnesses at Eglington Barracks. Londonderry.
Private John McKenna has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 4D-5B on Thiepval Memorial, France.
The Glasgow Evening Times Roll of Honour 1914-15 does not list John McKenna. The Glasgow Roll of Honour book does not list John McKenna.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Upper Killeenan Kildress-Tullagh Lived in Upper Killeenan 54.652360 -6.935889
References and Links
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1 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of John McKenna
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020