Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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29/05/2017
03/03/2017 Private W J Woodburn, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Union Street, Cookstown, shrapnel wounds in legs. His brother, Private Thomas Woodburn, fell in action a year ago.
03/03/2017
03/03/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 23rd August 1917: (brother of Thomas Woodburn)
26/11/2016 Miss Minnie Woodburn, Tyresson, Cookstown, has received intimation from Captain C A M Alexander, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, that her brother, Private Thomas Woodburn, was killed in action in France on 12th February.
26/11/2016
26/11/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 24th February 1916:
30/12/2015 Family: Samuel Woodburn, Elizabeth Woodburn, Thomas Woodburn (born 8th February 1885), Samuel Woodburn (born 8th April 1886), William Woodburn (born 12th September 1887), Mary Woodburn (born 18th March 1889).
30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows that both William and Mary were living with relatives in Teressan, Moneyhaw, County Londonderry
30/12/2015 WOODBURN – February 12, killed in action in France, 7980 Private Thomas Woodburn, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, eldest son of the late Samuel Woodburn, Clare, Cookstown
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 26th February 1916
30/12/2015 Thomas Woodburn enlisted in Cookstown about 1904.
30/12/2015 Private Woodburn was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 12th February 1916, just four days after his 31st birthday.
30/12/2015 By the time of the 1901 census, Elizabeth Woodburn had died. Samuel Woodburn was raising his youngest daughter Mary in Clare, Cookstown. Samuel was a railway porter.
30/12/2015 Private Woodburn met his death by a shell, being struck on the head and killed instantly. The same shell killed two others and wounded one.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records that Thomas Woodburn was living and working for the Anderson family at Ballymaguire, Killycolpy, County Tyrone. He was 15 years old.
30/12/2015 Captain and Adjutant C.A.M. Alexander reported that Private Woodburn was killed in action while doing his duty in the trenches.
30/12/2015 At the time of his death, Private Thomas Woodburn had 12 ˝ years military service.
30/12/2015 His brother Willie was serving with the 36th Ulster Division in France at the time of Private Woodburn's death.
30/12/2015 Thomas Woodburn was the eldest son of Samuel and Elizabeth Woodburn (nee Harkness). Thomas was born on 8th February 1885 in Cookstown, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Thomas as the son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Woodburn, of Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. He had 12 years service.
30/12/2015 Private Woodburn was buried on 15th February in the military cemetery at Authuile, near Albert in France.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 26th February 1916
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30/12/2015 Miss M Woodburn, Tyresson, Cookstown, has received information that her brother, Private Thomas Woodburn, 2nd Royal Inniskillings, was killed in action in France on 12th February. Captain and Adjutant C.A.M. Alexander also writes that Private Woodburn ‘was killed in action while doing his duty in the trenches. He was buried on 15th February, in the military cemetery Authuile, near Albert in France, the burial service being conducted by a chaplain.’ Captain Alexander encloses a small packet of letters, etc, belonging to the deceased. Sergeant J Preston, of the deceased’s Company, also writes that Private Woodburn met his death by a shell, being struck on the head and killed instantly. The same shell killed two others and wounded one. They were all very sorry to lose Private Woodburn. He was very cheerful in the midst of danger and a general favourite. The deceased had over 12 ˝ years service and expected to be home for good in less than five months. His brother, Willie, is in the Ulster Division.
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30/12/2015 Private Thomas Woodburn is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France.
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