Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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31/01/2019 To Thee O Blessed Jesus
31/01/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th June 1918:
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31/01/2019 McGOOKIN – In sad and loving memory of our dear son, Private Willie McGookin, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at Thiepval, in the glorious charge of the Ulster Division.
31/01/2019 ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord that they may rest from their labours’ Revelations XIV, 13
31/01/2019 From all Thy saints at rest,
31/01/2019 All praises be addressed.
31/01/2019 Thou Lord didst win the battle,
31/01/2019 That they might conquerors be;
31/01/2019 Their crowns of living glory,
31/01/2019 Are lit with rays from Thee.’
31/01/2019 And glory guards with honour round,
31/01/2019 ‘From all Thy saints in warfare,
31/01/2019 Sadly missed by his sorrowing father and mother, brother and sister, Tullyhogue.
31/01/2019 The bivouac of the dead.’
31/01/2019 Their silent tents are spread;
31/01/2019 ‘On fame’s eternal camping ground,
31/01/2019 McGOOKIN – In loving memory of our dear nephew, Private Willie McGookin, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at Thiepval, in the glorious charge of the Ulster Division.
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31/01/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th June 1918:
31/01/2019 Ever remembered by his sorrowing uncles and cousins, Sergeant William Harold Purvis, Sergeant Willie Dool, Corporal Victor Purvis, Gunner Ewman Purvis, Private Eddie McGookin, Private George Dool, Private Bob Purvis, Private Bob Wylie, 95 Bloomhill Street, Brigtown, Scotland.
24/03/2018 Private William McGookin is commemorated locally on Cookstown Cenotaph and also on the WW1 Roll of Honour in Desertcreat Parish Church.
30/12/2015 In grief we must bend to God’s holy will.
30/12/2015 MCGOOKIN – Killed on 1st July 1916. Private William McGuckin, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, second son of William McGookin, Donaghrisk, Tullyhogue.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private McGookin as the son of William and Rachel McGookin, of Black Hill, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25th November 1916:
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30/12/2015 ‘His warfare is over, his battle fought;
30/12/2015 His victory won, though dearly bought.
30/12/2015 His fresh young life could not be saved.
30/12/2015 He slumbers now in a soldier’s grave.
30/12/2015 We loved him in life; he is dear to us still.
30/12/2015 William was born on 3rd June 1896 in County Londonderry.
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30/12/2015 William has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 4D-5B on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme, France.
30/12/2015 'Come on lads don’t be afraid, if God is on our side, who can be against us?'
30/12/2015 Two members of his Company wrote to his home to say that they had seen William being hit by a bullet and he had died instantly. He seemed to suffer no pain and according to them he was a gallant soldier and a good comrade. The last words they heard him say as he went over the parapet were:-
30/12/2015 Private William McGookin was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at the Somme. He was 19 years old.
30/12/2015 William McGookin enlisted in Cookstown in November 1914.
30/12/2015 Private William McGuckin, 9th Inniskillings, son of Mr William McGuckin, The Priory, Tullyhogue, has been officially reported killed on 1st July 1916.
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 15th July 1916:
30/12/2015 William was a member of Tullyhogue Company of Ulster Volunteers and a member of Derryraghan L.O.L. 131.
30/12/2015 By the time of the 1911 census, William and the family had moved to Cross Glebe, The Sandholes, Cookstown, County Tyrone. William was 15 years old and still at school.
30/12/2015 The trial was great, the loss heavy to bear,
30/12/2015 Family: William McGuckin, Rachel McGuckin, Thomas J McGuckin (born 20th December 1894), William McGuckin (born 3rd June 1896), Margretta McGuckin (born 10th April 1898), Robert John McGuckin (born 10th April 1899).
30/12/2015 Your mother misses you most of all, Twas she who loved you best.
30/12/2015 The spelling of the family name varies throughout, but the CWGC spelling of McGookin is used for simplicity.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists William as age 4, living with the family at house 2 in Lisalbanagh, Brackaghslievegallion, Londonderry. His father was a farm labourer.
30/12/2015 The news was sad, the blow was hard, God’s will it shall be done.
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30/12/2015 Private McGuckin was just 19 years of age, and before volunteering in November 1914, was a member of Derryraghan L.O.L. No. 131 and a very useful member of Tullyhogue Company U.V.F. His death is deeply regretted by a large circle of acquaintances about Tullyhogue, where he was a general favourite.
30/12/2015 Two members of his company writing recently, say that Willie was hit by a bullet and they saw him fall and he died instantly. He seemed to suffer no pain whatever. He was a gallant soldier and a good comrade and beloved by all the officers and men in the battalion. The last words they heard him say as he went over the parapet were, ‘Come on lads don’t be afraid, if God is on our side, who can be against us?’ All the boys in the battalion deeply sympathise with you all, and pray that God may comfort you in your great loss.
30/12/2015 ‘I have to inform you with much regret that your son is missing since the battle of 1st July. Every possible enquiry has been made, but without result, and I fear now there can be little doubt but that he fell on that occasion. He helped to uphold the honour of his regiment and to make the Ulster Division famous. He was a good comrade and will be missed by us all. Please accept the sincere sympathy of all ranks in the battalion in your sorrow.’
30/12/2015 Mr William McGookin, Donaghrisk, Tullyhogue, has now received intimation that his son, Private William McGookin, 9th Inniskillings, was killed in the great advance of the Ulster Division. In writing to his parents after 1st July, Colonel Ricardo said:-
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25 November 1916: Private William McGookin
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30/12/2015 Deeply regretted by his loving father and mother, and other relatives.
30/12/2015 The wrath of sinful man restrain, Give peace O God, Give peace again.’
30/12/2015 O God of love, O God of peace, Make wars throughout the world to cease.
30/12/2015 Nothing can hurt or harm, Jesus safe his spirit keeps.
30/12/2015 Till he meets again his loved ones, angels carefully him keeps.
30/12/2015 With a manly heart he did his part, my dear beloved son.
30/12/2015 And the angels dear Willie, will attend you with care.
30/12/2015 Sharp was your life, my darling son, but peaceful is your rest.
30/12/2015 William McGookin was the second son of William and Rachel McGookin, nee Doole. They were married in the Magherafelt area on 5th May 1893.
30/12/2015 ‘Now the earthly fight is over, and in perfect peace he sleeps.
30/12/2015 MCGOOKIN – Killed on 1st July 1916. Private William McGuckin, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, second son of William McGookin, Donaghrisk, Tullyhogue.
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25th November 1916:
30/12/2015 Deeply regretted by his loving brother and sister, John and Margretta McGookin, Donaghrisk, Tullyhogue; and all his cousins who are now on active service.
30/12/2015 Kneeling together at Jesus’ feet.’
30/12/2015 Fondly trusting again we shall meet,
30/12/2015 Sweet is the memory that never shall fade,
30/12/2015 Dear is the spot where our brother is laid;
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30/12/2015 In a foreign distant land, there our darling Willie sleeps.
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