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30/12/2015 Family: Robert Whan, Mary Jane Whan, Emily Whann (born about 1886), Edith Johnston (adopted, born about 1886), Lizzie Whann (born about 1889), William James Whann (born 7th January 1892), Thomas Whan (born 26th October 1901), Herbert Whan (born 25th March 1907).
30/12/2015 The spelling of the surname changes from Whann to Whan (and sometimes Wann) throughout. For simplicity, it has been decided to use the CWGC spelling of Whan.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records that the family lived at Coolreaghs in Lissan Lower, Tyrone. Coolreaghs lies just north of Cookstown. William was nine years old. His father was a labourer. His mother was a washerwoman. Both daughter and adopted daughter assisted their mother.
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 26th February 1916
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30/12/2015 William John Whan was the son of Robert and Mary Jane Whan (nee McKernan). William was born in Cookstown on 7th January 1892.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows the family still lived in Coolreaghs. William and his father both worked as farm labourers.
30/12/2015 William enlisted in the Scots Guards in Glasgow, while he was living and working there.
30/12/2015 By 1916 the family had moved to Banbridge.
30/12/2015 Private Whan was serving with C Company, 12th Platoon of the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards, C Company, 12th Platoon, when he was reported as missing in action after the Battle of Loos on 27th September 1915. He was later recorded as been killed in action on that day. He was 23 years old.
30/12/2015 Private William John Whan and has no known grave and is commemorated on the on Loos Memorial in France.
30/12/2015 Private William Wann is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and First Presbyterian Cookstown Roll of Honour.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private Wann as the son of Robert Whan, of Straits, Lurgan Road, Banbridge, Co. Down.
30/12/2015 Private W J Whann (11030) 1st Battalion Scots Guards, C Company, 12th Platoon, missing since 27th September 1915, after the battle of Loos, son of Mr Robert Whann, Banbridge, and grandson of the late Mr William Whann, Cookstown.
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