Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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01/05/2020 02111
30/12/2015 WILL: In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother, Mrs N Fairgrove, Maine Street, Cullybackey, Co Antrim Sig. W Furgrove.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists the family name as Forgrave. By 1901, the family lived in Moylarg, Galgorm, Antrim, near Cullybackey. Young William was 13 years old. He was still at school.
30/12/2015 His father William was working as a Beetling Linenette. Beetling was originally used for linen goods, but by 1911 was almost entirely applied to cotton for the production of so-called linenettes.
30/12/2015 Family: William Forgrave, Ellen Forgrave, Jane Forgrave (born about 1885), Maggie Forgrave (born about 1887), William Forgrave (born about 1888), Leticia Forgrave (born about 1891).
30/12/2015 The 1911 census lists the family name as Forgrave. By 1911, the family still lived in Moylarg, Galgorm, Antrim, near Cullybackey. William was 23 years old. He was working as a cloth ‘brenther’.
30/12/2015 When war broke out, William Furgrove went to Ballymena to enlist into the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. They did much of their training at Clandeboye and Seaford, before they were sent to France in October 1915, landing at Boulogne.
30/12/2015 "Mrs. Furgrove, Cullybackey, has received information of the death in action of her son, Cpl. W. Furgrove, Royal Irish Rifles (CAV) which took place on the 1st July. The secretary of the Ancient Blue Masonic Lodge, Cullybackey, has written to Mrs. Furgrove and family conveying sincere sympathy." (see references)
30/12/2015 William Furgrove was the only son of William and Ellen Furgrove. William was born in Moneymore about 1888.
30/12/2015 Lance Corporal William Furgrove was killed in action at the Somme on the 1st July 1916. He was aged about 28.
30/12/2015 William Furgrove is buried in Plot 2, Row E, Grave 19 at Ancre Valley Cemetery, France.
30/12/2015 William Furgrove is commemorated in Cunningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.
30/12/2015 Their first major engagement with the enemy was to be the Somme Offensive. Wet weather had delayed the attack until the 1st July 1916. Some of the trenches close to the River Ancre were flooded and men were moved to the front of Thiepval Wood to drier ground. This meant that machine-guns at St Pierre Division would not be attacked and silenced. These same guns were then able to fire across the river into the side of the attacking 12th Battalion, causing heavy casualties.
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