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03/08/2017 Andrew Thomas Booth was the eldest son of Thomas and Margaret Booth. Thomas Booth married Margaret Henry on 7th June 1895 in the district of Cookstown.
03/08/2017 The CWGC record Private A T Booth as the son of Thomas and Margaret Booth of Ballyriff, Magherafelt, County Londonderry.
03/08/2017 Private Andrew Thomas Booth is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
03/08/2017 The 1911 census lists Andrew as 14, living with the family in Ballyriff, Loop, County Londonderry. Andrew was at school.
03/08/2017 Known family: Thomas Booth, Maggie Booth, Andrew Thomas Booth (born 25th December 1896), James Booth (born 20th July 1903), Sarah Jane Booth (born 18th November 1904).
03/08/2017 The 1901 census shows Andrew Tom to be 4 years old The family were living in Ballyriff, Loop, County Londonderry. His father was a farmer. His mother was a house keeper.
03/08/2017 Andrew was born on Christmas Day in 1896 in the Loop, Magherafelt. He was the oldest of five children, three surviving.
02/08/2017 Last Will and Testament of Private Andrew Thomas Booth
30/12/2015 25242 A.T. Booth, of Moneymore.- grave 11
30/12/2015 18633 J. Averill of Co; Durham.- grave 13
30/12/2015 27137 J. McGuckin of Desertmartin.- grave 12
30/12/2015 Amen so let it be,
30/12/2015 15256 W. Nixon, of Enniskillen. – grave 10
30/12/2015 16833 J. Bowes, of Enniskillen.- grave 9
30/12/2015 The five men killed in the dugout were those listed below. They are all buried together in plot F at Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
30/12/2015 Andrew Booth was a member of Ballyronan Company, Ulster Volunteers and was an active member of Woods Church, Magherafelt.
30/12/2015 Life from the dead is in that word,
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 16 December 1916:
30/12/2015 'For ever with the Lord,
30/12/2015 Tis immortality'
30/12/2015 Andrew Booth joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 2nd August 1915.
30/12/2015 While serving at the front he was trained as a Lewis gunner.
30/12/2015 Private Andrew Thomas Booth was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 24th November 1916.
30/12/2015 On Friday night the 24th November 1916, the front line was heavily bombarded by the Germans. Pte Booth was asleep at the time in the dugout attached to his Lewis Gun post. The first or second shell landed right on top of the shelter and all the men in the dugout were killed instantaneously.
30/12/2015 The bombardment was in the Spanbroek sector and started at 10.00pm. It lasted for an hour. Altogether that day the battalion lost nine men and a further twelve were wounded.
30/12/2015 Private Andrew Booth is also commemorated at Woods Church, Ballyronan and Moneymore War Memorial.
30/12/2015 BOOTH – 24th November, somewhere in France, Private Andrew Thomas Booth, Ballyriff, Loop, Moneymore, killed in action.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 23rd December 1916: Private A T Booth
30/12/2015 Private A T Booth, elder son of Mr Thomas Booth, Ballyriff, Moneymore, killed in action on 24th November 1916. He was in his 20th year, and joined the army on 2nd August 1915. He was a member of Ballyronan Company, U.V.F. and connected with Woods Church, Magherafelt. Rev Alexander Spence, chaplain, writing on 26th November to his father stated that on Friday night, 24th November, the front line was heavily bombarded by the Germans. Private Booth was asleep at the time in the dugout attached to his Lewis Gun post. The first or second shell landed right on top of the shelter and all the men in the dugout were instantaneously killed. He suffered no pain but passed into the presence of his Master in a moment of time. When the debris was cleared away the five men were found killed just as they lay.
30/12/2015 ‘When I conducted the service yesterday we prayed for you and all others who would grieve for the loss of loved ones and I am sure that God will not leave that prayer unanswered. Your son is buried in a little military cemetery not far from the firing line. His grave will be marked by a cross and carefully looked after by an old soldier who lives there for that purpose. If you would like a photograph I could get on taken for you. Your son was a first class soldier, ready for anything and as brave as a lion. He was a trained Lewis gunner and his officer tells me he was one of his best men. I knew him well and he always attended my services. I am sure he was well prepared to die.’
30/12/2015 Lieutenant H P Fitzgerald Uniacke writing on the same day and expressing his sympathy with the deceased’s father add that Private Booth was one of the best Lewis gunners and a man on whom I could always rely. His place will be extremely difficult to fill.
30/12/2015 In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my father, Mr Thomas Booth, Ballyriff, Magherafelt, Co Derry, Ireland. Andrew T Booth. Private no 25242 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 1st August 1916
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