Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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28/08/2017 Lance Corporal Charles Eyre was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916. He was 19 years old.
28/08/2017 In his will, Charles left all to his mother, Mary Elizabeth Eyre.
28/08/2017 Last Will and Testament of Lance Corporal Charles Eyre:
30/12/2015 On the 1st July 1916, 109 Brigade which included the 10th Inniskillings, was given one of the most heavily defended positions on the German front line. At 7.30 am the bombardment of trench mortars launched at the German lines stopped, the bugle called and the 10th Inniskillings made their advance. Things were going well for the 9th and 10th Battalions until German machine gunners placed at Thiepval village trained their guns on the advancing men. They suffered terrible casualties and most were left where they fell as their comrades advanced.
30/12/2015 Lance Corporal Charles Eyre has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
30/12/2015 Lance Corporal Eyre is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph, and on Coleraine War Memorial
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records him as living in Corvanaghan, Ballynasollus, County Tyrone with his great grandfather. He was 5 years old.
30/12/2015 Charles was for many years employed in Cookstown as an undertaker’s assistant with Mr John Mayne and was an active member of Cookstown Boy’s Brigade.
30/12/2015 By 1911 he was living at 25 Church Street, Coleraine. The census lists Charles Eyre as a boarder.
30/12/2015 He enlisted in Coleraine, County Londonderry, while he was working there.
30/12/2015 Charles Eyre was born in Sligo town about 1897. He was the son of Mary Elizabeth Eyre.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 15th July 1916:
30/12/2015 Lance Corporal Charles Eyre (Derry Volunteers), reported killed, was well known and highly respected in Cookstown. Was for several years with Mr John Mayne, undertaker (retired), Cookstown, and was a popular member of the Boys’ Brigade.
30/12/2015 In the event of my death, I leave all my personal property and effects to my mother Mrs Eyre 25 Church Street Coleraine. Charles Eyre. L/ Cpl 15511. 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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