Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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29/07/2017 In his will, he left half his property to his wife, who was living in Cookstown. He left the other half to his mother, who was living at 21 Barrack Hill, Belturbet, County Cavan.
29/07/2017 In the event of my death, I leave the half of my property to my wife: Annie Beach, Church Street, Cookstown, and half to my mother, Anne Beach, 21 Barrack Hill, Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland. Signature 11417 Private J Beach, 5th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
29/07/2017 Last Will and Testament of Private J Beach:
30/12/2015 'Far and oft my thoughts do wander to the grave in foreign lands
30/12/2015 May the Lord have mercy on his soul.'
30/12/2015 Then in Heaven I hope to greet him, where no farewell tears are shed.
30/12/2015 Yet some day I hope to meet him when my days in life are fled
30/12/2015 When they laid my darling husband, placed by strange but tender hands
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28th October 1916:
30/12/2015 Inserted by his sorrowing wife and little son, Church Street, Cookstown.
30/12/2015 John had a great deal of experience on active service having served throughout the Boer War.
30/12/2015 Private John James Beach is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.
30/12/2015 Private John Beach was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action during the Salonika Campaign on 10th September 1916. John was killed during very heavy fighting close to the Struma River. He was 30 years old.
30/12/2015 Five men of the 5th Inniskillings were killed on the 10th September and all are interred in Struma Cemetery. William Ferguson from County Leitrim, William McConkey, from Belfast, George McCutcheon from Edenderry, and Joseph McGowan of Glasgow
30/12/2015 BEACH In loving memory of Private John Beach, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action at Salonika on 10th September 1916.
30/12/2015 John James Beach was the son of James and Annie Beach. John was born at Annagh, Belturbet, County Cavan about 1886.
30/12/2015 John came to Cookstown to work at Orritor quarry.
30/12/2015 At the outbreak of the First World War he rejoined the army.
30/12/2015 At the time of his death his wife and son were living at Church Street, Cookstown.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private J Beach as the son of James and Annie Beach of 9 Stream Street, Newry, County Down.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 4th November 1916:
30/12/2015 Private J J Beach, Royal Inniskillings, who was killed in action on 10th September in the Balkans. Private Beach was a time-expired soldier, who had a good deal of experience of active service, having been through the Boer War. He was a native of Belturbet, County Cavan, and came to Cookstown some years ago, where he was employed in Orritor Quarry. At the outbreak of war his soldierly instincts asserted themselves, and he rejoined. He did long service in the fighting line before being called upon to make the supreme sacrifice. He was first reported missing, but a letter received by his wife, from his commanding officer, conveyed the regrettable news of his death in action. His wife, who resides in Church Street, Cookstown, has one little son.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists John J as age 19, a general labourer, living with his mother in Deanery Street, Belturbet, County Cavan. His mother was a widow.
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