Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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01/05/2020 02179
28/02/2018 There is another Private Archibald McAllister, from Ballyronan, who served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He became a prisoner of the summer of 1916. He survived the war.
28/02/2018 The 1911 census lists Archey McAlister as age 18, living with the family at house 1 in Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown. Archie worked as a Mason's Labourer. His father was a linen factory worker and it confirms that he had remarried in 1909.
28/02/2018 John McAllister and Martha McCrum were married on 27th February 1909 in the district of Cookstown.
28/02/2018 Archibaldís mother died on the 7th October 1908 in Cookstown. She was 42 years old.
28/02/2018 Family: John McAlister, Martha Jane McAlister, Archey McAlister (born about 1893, Scotland), David McAlister (born about 1895, England), Sarah Jane McAlister (born about 1897, England), Alexander McAlister (born 18th August 1898, Belfast), John McAlister (born 31st March 1900, Cookstown)
28/02/2018 Archibald McAllister was born about 1893 in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland.
28/02/2018 Archibald McAlister was the eldest son of John and Martha Jane McAlister. John McAlister and Jane Forrest were married on 26th December 1891 in the district of Cookstown.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private Archibald McAllister as the son of John and Jane McAllister.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists Archey McAlister as age 8, living with the family at house 30 in Killymoon Street, Cookstown. His father was a labourer in a factory.
30/12/2015 Archibald McAlister was member of Cookstown True Blues L.O.L.
30/12/2015 Archie moved to Scotland. Prior to enlisting in the army he had been working in Nobelís Explosive Works in Stevenston in Ayrshire. Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite, and latterly was the family were the founders of the Nobel Prize.
30/12/2015 Archibald came home at the end of 1915 and enlisted in Cookstown with the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders.
30/12/2015 Private Archibald McAllister was seriously wounded during the Somme offensive and he endured a difficult journey to hospital in Rouen. By the time he reached hospital in the early hours of the morning, he was unconscious. He had suffered serious gunshot wounds to the head.
30/12/2015 Doctors could not save him. Private Archibald McAllister died of his wounds on 21st July 1916. He was 25 years old.
30/12/2015 Reverend Dr Richards, a Chaplain at the hospital, wrote a letter of sympathy to the family at Cookstown.
30/12/2015 Both census results spell the family name with a single ĎLí. However the CWGC use the longer version, McAllister.
30/12/2015 Private Archie McAlister is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and St. Luranís Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
30/12/2015 Private Archie McAlister is interred in grave A-15-53 at St. Sever Cemetery at Rouen, France.
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