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18/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Mr Hanna said the action arose out of a fatal accident at Churchtown, Lissan, on 3rd February 1945. The plaintiff’s husband, John Cosgrove, had been working at repairs to a wall there, when he was struck by a U.S. Army truck driven by the defendant, and he received injuries from which he died almost immediately. He had lived with his widow, the plaintiff, and eight children, whose ages ranged from seventeen years to one and a half years. The consent provided for payment of £2,250 and costs. The Lord Chief Justice received the consent and made it a rule of Court, and made an order apportioning the shares of the children.
18/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove In the King’s Bench Division, Mr George B Hanna (instructed by Mr E Malachy Doris, solicitor, Cookstown) moved to make the consent a rule of Court in an action brought by Mrs Alice Cosgrove of Orritor Street, Cookstown, against Charles J O’Malley, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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18/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th December 1945: The Churchtown Fatality - £2,250 Damages
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre The death is now officially presumed of Able Seaman Patrick Joseph Tyre of H.M.S. Stronghold, who was reported missing after the battle of the Java sea in 1942. This gallant young sailor, whio joined the Navy in 1939, was a son of the late Patrick Tyre of Belfast. He was well-known in Cookstown, where he resided for a number of years before joining the Navy. His grandfather, Robert Carson, resides in Church Street, Cookstown, and other relatives in Orritor Street, Cookstown. His father died a few months ago and he has a brother, John, also in the Royal Navy, who has six years’ service, and had a very narrow escape at the capitulation of Singapore.
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18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945:
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre And cousin Mrs Teresa Devlin, of Orritor Street, Cookstown.
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre His uncle Michael McElhatton
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre His grandfather Robert Carson of Church Street, Cookstown
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre His sorrowing mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law and niece Patricia. 34 Ardilea Street, Belfast.
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre Deeply regretted by
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre ‘Our Lady of the Good winds pray for him.’
18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre TYRE - Patrick Joseph Tyre (Able Seaman), previously reported missing, now officially presumed to have lost his life on H.M.S. Stronghold, 2nd March 1942.
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18/10/2020 Ab Sea Patrick Joseph Tyre From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945: Roll of Honour
18/10/2020 Lieut David Andrew Noel Stuart Miss Guggenheim, on her engagement to Viscount Stewart, of Stuart Hall. Stewartstown, received a gift of 25,000 dollars from her father, which she gave to several hospitals, including Tyrone County Hospital, which received £1,000. (Exchange rate in 1920 was approx. $3=£1)
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18/10/2020 Lieut David Andrew Noel Stuart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945: 25 Years Ago (12th December 1920)
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston As it dawns another year.’
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston We who loved him sadly miss him
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston Always remembered by his sister and brother-in-law. London
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston In our hearts forever dear
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston ‘Not a day do we forget him
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston JOHNSTON – In sad and loving memory of my only brother, Leading Stoker George U Johnston, Royal Navy, who was drowned on active service and buried in St Stephen’s Cemetery, Trincomalee, Ceylon on 13th December 1943.
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18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945:
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston JOHNSTON – In sad and loving memory of my only brother, Leading Stoker George U Johnston, Royal Navy, who was drowned on active service and buried in St Stephen’s Cemetery, Trincomalee, Ceylon on 13th December 1943. Love’s last gift – remembrance. Always remembered by his sister, brother-in-law and Ralph.
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18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945:
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston Ever remembered by his father, mother and sisters. 97 Coagh Street, Cookstown
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston In silence we remember.’
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston ‘Not just today but every day,
18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston JOHNSTON – In loving memory of our only son, Leading Stoker George U Johnston, Royal Navy, who was drowned on 13th December 1943 on active service and buried in St Stephen’s Cemetery, Trincomalee, Ceylon.
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18/10/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945:
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Always remembered by Lucy, William and children. Coagh Street, Cookstown.
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn You died at your post.’
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn You were a true soldier
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Your life was your cost
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn ‘You fought for your country
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn DUNN – In loving memory of Corporal James Dunn, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, who served with the Eight Army, killed in action on 23rd November 1944 while in Western Europe.
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17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 24th November 1945:
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Ever remembered by his grandmother and grandfather. Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown.
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn And your duty you have done.’
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn For your country brave
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn But a welcome up above for your life you gave
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn ‘No welcome on earth for you dear Jim
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn DUNN – In loving memory of Corporal James Dunn, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, who served with the Eight Army, killed in action on 23rd November 1944 while in Western Europe.
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17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 24th November 1945:
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn He will never be forgotten.’
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Though the sea divides his grave from us
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Over that sweet and hallowed plot
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn May the heavenly winds blow softly
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Ever remembered by his loving brothers and sisters, aunt and uncle. Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown.
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn On the hearts he left at home
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn But his name is written in letters of gold
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn In a hallowed grave unknown
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn ‘He sleeps far away in a foreign land
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn DUNN – In loving memory of my dear son, Corporal James Dunn, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, who was killed in action on 23rd November 1944.
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17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 24th November 1945:
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Deeply regretted by his sorrowing father and step-mother. 17 St Jean’s Cottages, Cookstown.
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn One of God’s honoured dead.’
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn He fought and died for Britain
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn With a simple cross at his head
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn ‘Far away from his native land
17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn DUNN – In loving memory of my dear son, Corporal James Dunn, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, who was killed in action on 23rd November 1944.
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17/10/2020 Corp James Dunn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 24th November 1945:
17/10/2020 Ass Stew Norman Dennis Rigley Always remembered by his wife and little daughter. Main Street, Coagh, County Tyrone.
17/10/2020 Ass Stew Norman Dennis Rigley He sleeps beyond England’s foam.’
17/10/2020 Ass Stew Norman Dennis Rigley ‘He has no lot nor labour of the daytime
17/10/2020 Ass Stew Norman Dennis Rigley RIGLEY – In loving memory of my dear husband, Petty Officer Norman Dennis Rigley, Royal Navy, who was killed in action off the North African coast 9th November 1942, and buried at sea.
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17/10/2020 Ass Stew Norman Dennis Rigley From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 17th November 1945: Roll of Honour
17/10/2020 Sgt. Edward Brown Remembrance Day was observed in the Presbyterian Church on Sunday, the service being conducted by Rev S Huston. The names of the Roll of Honour 1914-1818 and 1939-45 were read and the two minutes silence observed. Appropriate psalms and hymns were led by the choir, Miss Viola Rea at the organ. After the service, wreaths from the congregation in remembrance of those who had fallen in the two wars, and of Richard David Millar of the Royal Corps of Signals who died in a prisoner of war camp, was placed at the cenotaph by Mrs J C McCague, and one from the choir in memory of Sergeant Edward Brown, Royal Air Force, was placed by Mrs J Bradford.
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17/10/2020 Sgt. Edward Brown From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 17th November 1945: Stewartstown
17/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Remembrance Day was observed in the Presbyterian Church on Sunday, the service being conducted by Rev S Huston. The names of the Roll of Honour 1914-1818 and 1939-45 were read and the two minutes silence observed. Appropriate psalms and hymns were led by the choir, Miss Viola Rea at the organ. After the service, wreaths from the congregation in remembrance of those who had fallen in the two wars, and of Richard David Millar of the Royal Corps of Signals who died in a prisoner of war camp, was placed at the cenotaph by Mrs J C McCague, and one from the choir in memory of Sergeant Edward Brown, Royal Air Force, was placed by Mrs J Bradford.
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17/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 17th November 1945: Stewartstown
17/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar MILLAR – The members of Stewartstown Boxing Club regret the death of their esteemed member, Richard David Millar, Royal Corps of Signals, who was captured in Malaya and now officially announced as having died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Borneo in 1944, and tender their sincere sympathy. Albert Bleeks, Secretary.
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17/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 10th November 1945:
17/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar MILLAR – Richard David Millar, dearly loved youngest son of the late Robert Millar, Drumay, and Ms Millar, Stewartstown, who died in a prisoner of war camp in Borneo, date unknown.
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17/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 10th November 1945:
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Ever lovingly remembered by mother Ella and Jim. Mrs Millar and family, Stewartstown, wish to return thanks to all the kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement, especially all who sent letters and telegrams, and hope this acknowledgement will be accepted by all.
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Shall meet to part no more.’
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Where death divided friends at last
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar We’ll reach that happy shore
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar But a few short years of trouble past
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Who died that we may live.
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar He is only one of many
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar He gave all he had to give
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar ‘His earthly life is ended
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar And not afraid to die.’
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Remember your son was a soldier too
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Though tears may dim your eye
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Just look upon them mother dear
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar From brothers Bobbie, Willie, and sister in law, Iris.
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Who will never more return.
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar You will think of your fallen hero
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar And others are coming marching home
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar And now this war is over
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar Whenever you think of me.
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar And always remember that, dear mother
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar And the land of the brave and free
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar ‘I have died for the dear old home,
16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar MILLAR – Cherished memories of our dear brother, David Millar, of Stewartstown, did during 1944 while a prisoner of war in Borneo.
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16/10/2020 Sig/man Richard David Millar From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 3rd November 1945:
16/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle Many thanks to Wilfred Stewart who supplied the image of the tablet.
16/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle In proud and loving memory of Major G W Nangle, Indian Army. Killed at Cassino, Italy on 2nd March 1944. And of Lieutenant H N M Nangle, Fleet Air Arm, killed in performance of duty on 18th May 1931. Eldest and second sons of Colonel and Mrs K E Nangle.
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16/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle There is memorial tablet in Ballyeglish Parish Church commemorating Major Gilbert Nangle. It reads:
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers Always remembered by his aunt and cousin. Derrychrin, Ballinderry Bridge, Coagh.
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers But in heaven we hope to meet you again.’
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers You cannot return, so tears are in vain
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers We speak of you often, although passed away
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers ‘We do not forget, no not for a day
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers JEFFERS – In loving memory of Private Alexander Jeffers, British Expeditionary Force, killed in action in Central Mediterranean on 3rd November 1943 and was buried in Sangro River Cemetery, Italy.
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15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 3rd November 1945: Roll of Honour
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers Still sadly missed by his loving father, mother, brother and sister, Main Street, Coagh.
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers But your smiling face is always in our heart.’
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers For the broad wide ocean keeps us apart
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers No flowers can we lay on the grave where you lie
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers Sleep oh dear Sandy, as the days roll by
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers One of God’s honoured dead.
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers He fought and died for Britain
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers With a simple cross at his head
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers ‘Far away from his native land
15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers JEFFERS – In loving memory of our dear son, Sandy, who was killed in action on 3rd November 1943 in the Central Mediterranean, and was buried in Sangro River Cemetery, Italy.
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15/10/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 3rd November 1945: Roll of Honour
14/10/2020 Fus Hugh O'Neill Mr and Mrs Hugh O’Neill, of Chapel Street, Cookstown, have received official notification from the War Office regretfully stating that their son, Hugh Con O’Neill, who was serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, is presumed killed in action in Burma on 7th April 1943. Fusilier Hugh Con O’Neill was reported missing since 1943. He joined up in 1940 at the age of 18 years and served for two years at home and afterwards abroad.
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14/10/2020 Fus Hugh O'Neill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 13th October 1945:
13/10/2020 1st Radio Samuel John Jackson Scott SCOTT – August 1940, Samuel John Jackson, Chief Radio Officer, Merchant Navy, lost at sea through enemy action. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing father and mother, William John and M V Scott; also brother and sister. 58 James Street, Cookstown.
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13/10/2020 1st Radio Samuel John Jackson Scott From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25th August 1945: Roll of Honour
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker BARKER – In loving memory of my dear brother Tot, 1st S.A.S. Regiment, killed in action 9th August 1944, and buried in Marrissel, Beauvais, France. Beautiful memories cherished forever. Ever remembered by his sister and brother-in-law, 4 Sandhurst, Cookstown.
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13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 11th August 1945:
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker Deeply regretted by his sorrowing mother, brothers and sister. Oldtown Street, Cookstown and Castlewellan.
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker I will be waiting there for you.’
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker At the end of the lane of shadows
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker Dear mother be brave and true
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker His voice keeps whispering softly
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker And he slumbers now in a hero’s grave
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker ‘He was one of the fearless, one of the brave
13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker BARKER – In loving memory of my dear son and our dear brother, Trooper Thomas James (Tot) Barker, 1st S.A.S. Regiment, killed in action 9th August 1944, and buried in Marrissel, Beauvais, France.
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13/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 11th August 1945: Roll of Honour
12/10/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane CRANE – Treasured memories of our dear nephew, 1532034 Sergeant Thomas Crane, Royal Air Force, missing from air operations on the night of 29th July 1944, now presumed dead. We shall always remember him smiling. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing aunt and uncle, B and J Forrest; also his cousins Mary, Jim, John and Tom, Cookstown, Belfast, Germany and Burma.
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12/10/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 4th August 1945: Roll of Honour
11/10/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart 6 Louisville, Cookstown
11/10/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart Where our dear Freddie lies.’
11/10/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart Our thoughts are on that lonely grave
11/10/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart And sleep forsakes our eyes
11/10/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart ‘At night when all is silent
11/10/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart STEWART – In loving memory of Leading Aircraftman (L.A.C.) Freddie Stewart, Royal Air Force, accidentally killed 27th July 1940.
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11/10/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28h July 1945:
11/10/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher FLETCHER – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private Dennis George Fletcher, Buff Regiment, killed in action in Normandy on 20th July 1944. Buried in Hottot Cemetery. On his soul sweet Jesus, have mercy. Ever lovingly remembered by his wife and all at home. Smith Street, Moneymore.
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11/10/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28h July 1945:
11/10/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane CRANE – In loving memory of our dear son, Sergeant Thomas Crane, Royal Air Force, presumed to have lost his life on an operational flight on 29th July 1944. Sadly missed by his father, mother, brothers and sisters, 51 Magdala Street, Belfast; also his brother Richard on active service in the Fleet Air Arm, South Pacific. True hearts that loved you will never forget.
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11/10/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28h July 1945: Roll of Honour
11/10/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane ‘Your son had always displayed a splendid courage and determination in carrying out his operational sorties against the enemy, and during the time he had been here he had proved himself to be a most competent and efficient Air Bombardier and Navigator. He was also a popular member of a fine crew, who will all be greatly missed in the squadron.’
11/10/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane Mr and Mrs T Crane, of 51 Magdala Street, Belfast (formerly of Cookstown), have received official intimation from the Air Ministry that their son, Sergeant Thomas Crane, Royal Air Force, previously reported missing from a raid on Stuttgart in southern Germany on 28-29th July 1944, is now presumed to have lost his life. A letter from his commanding officer to his parents reads as follows:-
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11/10/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28h July 1945:
11/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Fusilier E Cosgrove, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was in the invasion of Normandy, and has been in Holland since VE Day, spent a short furlough at his home in Orritor Street, Cookstown recently. He is a brother of Fusilier B Cosgrove, who had been a prisoner of war in Germany, and he also had another brother serving, who was killed in a train accident on his way home on leave last year.
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11/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28h July 1945: Fusilier Edward Cosgrove – brother of John Cosgrove
11/10/2020 Fus William J Harkness Ever remembered by father, mother, brothers and sisters. Donaghrisk, Tullyhogue.
11/10/2020 Fus William J Harkness On the hearts he left at home.’
11/10/2020 Fus William J Harkness But his name is written in letters of gold
11/10/2020 Fus William J Harkness In a hallowed grave unknown
11/10/2020 Fus William J Harkness ‘He sleeps far away in a foreign land
11/10/2020 Fus William J Harkness HARKNESS – 19th July 1943 in the Middle East, Private William John Harkness, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action
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11/10/2020 Fus William J Harkness From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 14th July 1945: Roll of Honour - In Memorial
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Ever remembered by his sister Florrie, brother-in law and little niece Betty. Coagh Street, Cookstown.
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid For his country’s cause, he did fall.
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid He sleeps far away in a hero’s grave
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid He answered his Captain’s call
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid He died at his post like a soldier brave
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid REID – Loving memories of Gordon, killed in North West Europe on 7th July 1944.
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10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th July 1945:
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Fondly remembered by mother, brothers, and sister. Coagh Street, Cookstown and Birmingham.
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Can never pass away.’
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Whose sweet voice from our memories
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Dear as the light of day
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Thou who went to so many hearts
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Can go to weep for thee
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Where none of all who loved thee here
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Far over the rolling sea
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid ‘His grave is with the British dead
10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid REID – Fond memory of my youngest son and our dear brother, Paratrooper Gordon Reid, killed in North West Europe on 7th July 1944.
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10/10/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th July 1945:
10/10/2020 Marine Samuel George Duncan Mrs Duncan, Soran Cottage, Stewartstown, has received word from the Admiralty that her second son, Samuel George Duncan, Royal Marines, died in a prisoner of war camp in Thailand on 19th July 1943. He was a survivor of H.M.S. Repulse, and was taken prisoner at Singapore in April 1942.
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10/10/2020 Marine Samuel George Duncan From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th July 1945:
10/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle Lieutenant Milo Nangle, whose name is a also recorded, was a typical sailor, a very simple happy natured young man, who always brought sunshine, wherever he went. He was killed in 1931, through no fault of his own, in a collision between two planes when a number were landing in formation on Aircraft Carrier Courageous.
10/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle The preacher in St Matthias’s Church, Ballyeglish on Sunday morning was His Grace the Lord Primate. The service was conducted by the rector, Rev R C C O’Connor. M.A., and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was celebrated by the Archbishop. Miss F McCutcheon presided at the organ. His Grace the Lord Primate unveiled a tablet in the memory of Major Gilbert William Nangle and Lieutenant Milo Nangle, sons of Colonel and Mrs K E Nangle of Ballyeglish Major Gilbert William Nangle, who lost his life in Italy, joined the Indian Army in 1923 and served on the Frontier and in other parts of India. After some years he submitted his resignation, as peacetime soldiering did not appeal to him, although he was much beloved by his men. Later he received a commission in the Palestine police. Here he had more scope for the life of adventure for which he craved. But on the outbreak of war the call to arms was too strong to resist, and he got leave to re-join the Indian Army. He was employed on intelligence work for a time in Iraq, but when the Indian Long Range Desert Squadron was formed, he volunteered for it and after a course of training went with it to North Africa at the beginning of 1942. The squadron was used for recognisance and demolition work, and generally operated miles behind enemy lines, making its way across the uncharted desert by navigation. For his share in this dangerous and arduous he was mentioned id despatches. When the Germans were drive out of North Africa, he volunteered for Italy, and was appointed to the 2/7th Ghurkha Rifles. They were sent to help in the taking of Cassino town and monastery, and in the fighting there he met his death.
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10/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th June 1945: Ballyeglish Parish – Memorial Tablets Unveiled
09/10/2020 Pte. William Nelson Victor Nelson, of Fountain Road, Cookstown, was charged by Sergeant Irwin with disorderly behaviour on the public street in Cookstown on 14th June. George Marshall, of Ruskey, was similarly charged on the same occasion. The defendants, who did not appear, were stated to be serving soldiers. Sergeant Irwin gave evidence that he received a complaint regarding Marshall’s conduct and followed him to a fish and chip saloon in Cookstown. The witness spoke to him and he became very troublesome and used filthy language. He also refused to give his name and address. Nelson later came along and said the police had no power over them. The sergeant added that, up to this, the police had been generous with them and had given them wider latitude than under ordinary circumstances. On this occasion the defendants misconducted themselves to a great extent. Marshall was fined two pounds and Nelson one pound, and both were bound to the peace for twelve months in their own bail of five pounds each.
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09/10/2020 Pte. William Nelson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 30th June 1945: Soldier’s Disorderly Behaviour
08/10/2020 Corp James Dunn The Queen and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. We pray that the Empire’s gratitude for a life so nobly given in its service may bring you some measure of consolation. George. R.I.
08/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Mr Robert Dunn, of Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown, whose grandson, Corporal James Dunn, was reported killed on 21st November 1944, has received the following letter from the King:-
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08/10/2020 Corp James Dunn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th June 1945:
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Ever remembered by his loving wife, Coagh Street, Cookstown and his son, C.M.F.
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup He will never be forgot’
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Though the sea divides his grave from me
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Over that sweet and hallowed spot
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup May the heavenly wind blow softly
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup On the hearts he left at home.
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup But his name is written in letters of gold
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup In a hallowed grave unknown
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup ‘He sleeps far away in a foreign land
08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup STIRRUP – In fond remembrance of my husband, Lance Corporal G Stirrup, who died while prisoner of war in Germany, 13th June 1943.
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08/10/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th June 1945:
08/10/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine IRVINE - In loving memory of my dear Billy, Royal Air Force, killed in action 11th June 1940. Memories will ever remain. Ever remembered by his loving mother, brothers and sisters, Doorless, Tullyhogue.
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08/10/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th June 1945:
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Always remembered by his sister Margaret, Hawthorn Cottage, Stewartstown.
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks How much I miss him yet.’
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks But time has so far only proved
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks And helps us to forget
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks ‘They say time heals all sorrow
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks BLEEKS – Cherished with love is the memory of my dear brother ftsman William James Bleeks, killed at Skeabrae 20th June 1942.
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07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th June 1945:
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Remembered always by his brother, Winthrope Elliott Bleeks, Hawthorn Cottage, Stewartstown.
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Where my dear brother lies’
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks My thoughts are on that lonely grave
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks And sleep forsakes my eyes
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks ‘At night when all is silent
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks BLEEKS – In treasure remembrance of my dear brother, Leading Aircraftsman W J Bleeks, killed at Skeabrae 20th June 1942.
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07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th June 1945:
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Ever remembered by his father, mother, brother and sister, also his two little children. Hawthorn Cottage, Stewartstown.
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks I am waiting there for you.’
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks At the end of the vale of shadows
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Parents be brave or through
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks ‘His voice keeps gently whispering
07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks BLEEKS – In loving remembrance of our dear son, Leading Aircraftsman W J Bleeks, killed at Skeabrae 20th June 1942.
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07/10/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th June 1945: In Memorial
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private W Campbell, Pioneer Corps, of Fortview
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Sapper Cecil Lee, Royal Engineers, of Red Brae, Tullywiggan
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private P Hagan, Royal Artillery, of Fortview
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Sergeant R Nixon, Royal Artillery, of Coagh Street
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private James Corey, Pioneer Corps, of Fountain Road
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private J Creggan, Pioneer Corps, of Killymoon Street
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private Victor Stirrup, R.I.F., of Coagh Street
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private E Cosgrove, R.I.F., of Orritor Street
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Sergeant Thomas McGeown, Royal Field Artillery, of Killymoon Street
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private John McIlree, R.I.F., of Maloon
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Private J Larmour, R.U.R., of Orritor Street, Cookstown who was wounded in the leg and his brother Private W Larmour, R.I.F., of Killymoon Street
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Intimation was received on Thursday by Mr Robert Larmour of Killymoon Street, Cookstown, that his son, Private R Larmour, R.I.F., is missing. Local men who were with British Expeditionary Force in Flanders who are at present on leave include:-
07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Mrs Curran of Drapersfield has been officially notified that her son, Seaman A Curran, is reported missing. He was serving on the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Glorious, believed lost in action in Norwegian waters recently. He had several years service in the Navy.
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07/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th June 1940: (Private E Cosgrove - brother of John Cosgrove)
06/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker Thomas’ father, John Barker, died on 31st July 1925. Thomas would have been a baby.
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06/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker BARKER – In loving memory of John Barker died 31st July 1925. His wife Mary Florence, died 11th February 1968. And their son Thomas James, killed in action 9th August 1944. Buried at Beauvais, France. And their daughter Florence Reace Colvin 28th June 1919 – 23rd November 2007 (tbc)
06/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker Thomas Barker is also commemorated on the family headstone in the grounds of Lissan Church of Ireland. The headstone reads:
06/10/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker Known family: John Barker, Florence Barker, Florence Reace Barker (born 28th June 1919), Evelyn Barker, Louis Barker, Thomas James Barker (born about 1924).
04/10/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis Always remembered by his mother, sister and brothers. King’s Bridge, Cookstown.
04/10/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis To part with one we loved so dear.’
04/10/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis The call was sudden, the shock severe
04/10/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis When the one we loved was called away
04/10/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis ‘Three years ago today have passed away
04/10/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis PURVIS – In loving memory of Fusilier V G Purvis, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was drowned by accident in Cornwall on 3rd June 1942.
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04/10/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
04/10/2020 L/Corp Henry Greer GREER –6985178 Lance Corporal H Greer, who was killed in action in June 1944 with the 6th Airborne Division in France. ‘He died that we may live’ Always remembered by his loving pals: Corporal Ruddell, Corporal Hall, Rifleman Nelson and Rifleman Marshall, serving with the same division in Germany.
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04/10/2020 L/Corp Henry Greer From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
04/10/2020 L/Corp Henry Greer GREER – In fond and loving memory of my dear brother, 6985178 Lance Corporal H Greer, who was killed in action in June 1944 with the 8th Airborne Division in France. ‘He gave his life, there is no greater glory.’ Always remembered by his brother and sister-in-law. Grange, Tullyhogue.
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04/10/2020 L/Corp Henry Greer From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
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04/10/2020 Corp James Dunn His uncle Edward served with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
04/10/2020 Corp James Dunn He was in India for five years before the war broke out and was in action in Africa, Sicily and Italy, and in Belgium and Holland.
04/10/2020 Corp James Dunn They lived at Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown.
04/10/2020 Corp James Dunn Mr Robert Dunn, of Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown, has just received official intimation that his grandson, Corporal James Dunn, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, previously reported as missing, was killed in action on 23rd November. He was in India for five years before the war broke out and was in action in Africa, Sicily and Italy, and in Belgium and Holland. His uncle Edward is in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
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04/10/2020 Corp James Dunn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
04/10/2020 Marine Samuel George Duncan DUNCAN – 19th July 1943, in a prisoner of war camp in Thailand, Samuel George Duncan, Royal Marines, the dearly beloved second son of the late Samuel and Lucy Duncan, Soran Cottage, Stewartstown. Deeply regretted and proudly remembered by his mother and brothers Larry and Victor, and Jim, C.P.O., Royal Navy.
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04/10/2020 Marine Samuel George Duncan From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
04/10/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran CURRAN - A tribute of love and remembrance of my dear brother Andrew, lost at seas on active service, on H.M.S. Glorious, 9th June 1940. ‘A loved one whose memory we cherish.’ Always remembered by his sister and brother-in-law, 99 Coagh Street, Cookstown.
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04/10/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
04/10/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran Always remembered by his parents, brother and sisters, Drapersfield.
04/10/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran The pain of parting without farewell.’
04/10/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran ‘Tis only those who have lost can tell
04/10/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran CURRAN – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Able Seaman Andrew Curran, Royal Navy, lost in action H.M.S. Glorious, 9th June 1940.
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04/10/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945: Roll of Honour – In Memorial
04/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Unknown 5th brother - who was also serving, was killed in a train accident on his way home on leave in 1944.
04/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Edward Cosgrove, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, - fourteen years’ service and had been abroad since 1939. He was at the invasion of Normandy, in Holland.
04/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove William Bill Cosgrove – Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers joined army in 1933, captured in Italy at Christmas 1944. Repatriated at end of war
04/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove James Cosgrove - lived at McNaney’s Court, Cookstown. It seems he was involved in ‘war work’
04/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove John Cosgrove – killed at Churchtown in an accident
04/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Fusilier B Cosgrove, of Orritor Street, Cookstown, also of the Inniskillings, arrived home last week, and like Fusilier Darragh, is in excellent health. He has been in the army since 1933 and went to France in June 1939, and from the outbreak of war was in the fighting there until the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. In April 1942 he went to Italy and was taken prisoner by the Germans on 16th December 1944. He was first taken to Montoba where he was held for about a month, when he was taken to Stalag 7A at Moosburg in Germany. After about a couple of months there, he was marched to Mittenberg in the Alps, where he remained until released by the American 7th Army on 1st May. Fusilier Cosgrove says that, on the whole, the Germans treated the prisoners well and while on the march were well treated and were given bread and water on the way. Fusilier Cosgrove also speaks highly of the Red Cross and says that during the time he was held prisoner, Red Cross parcels arrived twice weekly and continued until he was released. The rations provided by the Germans consisted of some soup, at about 11 o’clock in the morning, and at about 4 o’clock in the evening a small portion of bread. Fusilier Cosgrove says he was very pleased with how he was treated by the people of Cookstown on his arrival home. One of his brothers was killed in the fatal accident at Churchtown recently. He also has a brother in the army in Holland. Another brother, who was also serving, was killed in a train accident on his way home on leave last year.
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04/10/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th May 1945: More Prisoners of War – Fusiliers Cosgrove (and Darragh)
03/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle By this bold move, he succeeded in establishing a company post on the key feature and just at daylight, Lieutenant Colonel Nangle collected and reorganised the rest of the battalion in Cassino, which offered the only shelter, in spite of the battle still raging therein. At the same time he collected and reorganised a company from another unit which had lost all its officers. The next night, after stiffening enemy opposition, he led his battalion over a route presenting great natural difficulties and, overcoming all obstacles, secured Hangman’s Hill properly and established himself within a few hundred yards of the monastery itself. Here, for the next few days, Lieutenant Colonel Nangle maintained himself in close proximity to the enemy under constant fire. Events elsewhere made it impossible for him to be reinforced and the enemy eventually succeeded in cutting his supply line. In spite of the shortage of food and water caused thereby, and constant casualties, he maintained the spirit of his troops and was ever ready to take offensive action. Finally, on the night of 24th-25th March, Lieutenant Colonel Nangle was ordered to make a hazardous withdrawal, which involved passing through the investing army with the whole of his unit. This movement succeeded beyond the highest hopes, mainly due to gallant and skilful leadership. The courage, skill and leadership displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Nangle during these operations were of an outstanding nature and were a constant inspiration and example to all ranks under his command.’
03/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle ‘Lieutenant Colonel Nangle displayed most conspicuous gallantry, leadership and initiative of an outstanding nature when in command of his battalion during the fighting at Cassino between 16th and 25th March 1944. The task initially given to his battalion was the securing of Hangman’s Hill, which was the key to the proposed attack on the Monte Cassino monastery itself. The securing of the feature depended upon the securing of certain intermediate objectives by another unit. Owing to the enemy opposition and the adverse weather conditions on the night of 15th-16th March, the intermediate objectives were not secured. However, Lieutenant Colonel Nangle, realising the vital importance of his own task and the necessity of the few remaining hours of darkness to cover it, led his battalion to his attack, ignoring the intervening objectives.
03/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle Lieutenant Colonel George Slator Nangle, 9th Ghurkha Rifles, Indian Army, son of Lieutenant Colonel K E Nangle, of Ballyeglish, Moneymore, was invested with the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.), by His Majesty the King at Buckingham Palace on Friday 19th May. The citation, issued by the Indian Office, with the award of the Distinguished Service Order, was as follows:
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03/10/2020 Maj Gilbert William Nangle From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th May 1945: South Derry Officer’s Honour – D.S.O. for Lieutenant Colonel George Slator Nangle (brother of Major Gilbert Nangle)
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