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02/08/2017 Private Bleakes was wounded at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.
02/08/2017 George Bleeks was the second son of James and Elizabeth Bleeks. James Bleeks married Bessy McKnight 14th March 1876 in the district of Cookstown, most likely in Stewartstown.
02/08/2017 The surname is spelt Bleakes in all military documentation. It is spelt Bleeks in all family documentation.
02/08/2017 George Bleeks was born on 23rd April 1879 in Stewartstown. He was one of at least ten children.
02/08/2017 Known family: James Bleeks, Elizabeth Bleeks, John Bleeks (born 7th April 1877), George Bleeks (born 23rd April 1879), Catherine Bleeks (born 7th December 1883), James Bleeks (born 14th July 1886), Robert Bleeks (born 5th August 1888), William Bleeks (born 28th August 1890), Anne Bleeks (born 21st September 1892), Jarvis Bleeks (born 12th January 1895), Margaret Bleeks (born 4th January 1897), Henry Bleeks (born 21st January 1899).
02/08/2017 The 1901 census lists George as age 20, living with the family at house 3 in Glebe, Stewartstown. Both George and his father were farm labourers.
02/08/2017 It seems that his father died on 16th October 1906 in Stewartstown, aged 63.
02/08/2017 George Bleakes enlisted in Cookstown with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
02/08/2017 Private George Bleakes was taken prisoner during the German Offensive in March 1918. According to Prisoner of War records, He was captured on 27th March 1918.
02/08/2017 Private George Bleakes died a German Prisoner of War on 1st August 1918.
02/08/2017 Private George Bleakes is interred in Glageon Cemetery, about 56 kilometres east of Cambrai.
02/08/2017 Private George Bleakes is commemorated on Stewartstown Cenotaph and Donaghendry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
02/08/2017 The CWGC record Private George Bleakes as the son of Mrs Elizabeth Bleakes of North Street, Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
02/08/2017 No record can be found of the family in the 1911 census and it is suspected the family had split up by that time.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 20 July 1916:
30/12/2015 Private G Bleekes, Stewartstown, and E Bowen, Derrylee, Inniskillings, are reported wounded.
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