Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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29/09/2020 Fus William McCormick Ever remembered by his loving sister, brother-in-law and family. Watterson, Urbal Road, Coagh.
29/09/2020 Fus William McCormick Not yet to say goodbye.’
29/09/2020 Fus William McCormick To whisper just one loving word
29/09/2020 Fus William McCormick To hear that last faint sigh
29/09/2020 Fus William McCormick ‘We were not there at the time of death
29/09/2020 Fus William McCormick MCCORMICK – May 1944, killed in action in Italy, Fusilier William McCormick, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, beloved son of Alexander McCormick, and the late Mrs McCormick, Conyngham Street, Moneymore.
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29/09/2020 Fus William McCormick From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th May 1945:
29/09/2020 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn FREEBURN – Cherished memories of our dear son, Sergeant Navigator A H Freeman, R.A.F.V.R., killed on air operations 22nd May 1944; also his gallant crew who went with him. ‘They died that we may live.’ Sadly missed by all who knew him, especially by his sorrowing father, mother, brothers and sister-in-law. Church Street, Cookstown.
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29/09/2020 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th May 1945: Roll of Honour
21/09/2020 Fus Joseph Burns Ever lovingly remembered by his mother, sisters and brothers. Morgan’s Hill, Cookstown.
21/09/2020 Fus Joseph Burns Of the one we loved so dear.’
21/09/2020 Fus Joseph Burns We shall never lose sweet memories
21/09/2020 Fus Joseph Burns And his voice we cannot hear
21/09/2020 Fus Joseph Burns ‘Though his smile has gone forever
21/09/2020 Fus Joseph Burns BURNS – In ever loving memory of my dear son, Joseph Burns, killed in action May 1940, Royal Irish Fusiliers
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21/09/2020 Fus Joseph Burns From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th May 1945: Roll of Honour
21/09/2020 Flt. Sgt John Newell NEWELL – Treasured memories of our dear son, Flight Sergeant John Newell, killed in operation on 23rd May 1941, Egypt. Always remembered by father, mother and brothers. Drumcairne, Stewartstown. War’s bitter cost.
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21/09/2020 Flt. Sgt John Newell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th May 1945: Roll of Honour
21/09/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley Also on the platform was a number of local members of the Forces.
21/09/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley Private Fred Johnston of the Royal Sussex, who went through the North African and Italian campaigns, and was wounded at Cassino.
21/09/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley Commando Robert Hutchinson, wounded in Normandy on D-Day
21/09/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley Lance Corporal George Hartley of the Royal Scots, wounded in action at the Siegfried Line in February
21/09/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley An air of relief, and almost of wonder, seemed to pervade the whole Moneymore district on Wednesday, VE-Day plus 1. In the morning the youth of the village got busy, and having persuaded their elders to procure haulage, proceeded to the grounds of Springhill, and (with the kind permission of Captain W L Lenox-Conyngham, H.M.L.), loaded up with the debris of the plantation, built materials for ah huge bonfire on the Fair Hill. At 9pm a procession formed at Bridge Street, headed by Ringsend Flute Band, followed by contingents of Girl Guides, Brownies, Cubs, members of the Women’s Volunteer Service and St John’s Ambulance Brigade. Next came the villain of the piece, Hitler, complete with moustache and fringe, mounted on a truck. The Boy Scouts and members of the Young Farmer’s Club followed, with members of the Home Guard, Civil Defence, and also a drumming party. Arriving on the Fair Hill, a huge concourse of people surrounded the platform. A place of honour was given to three local soldiers who had been wounded:
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21/09/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th May 1945: Moneymore – Victory Celebrations (Lance Corporal George Hartley – brother of Able Seaman John Hartley)
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Upon his discharge from the army, he obtained a position with Mr Kilpatrick, coal merchant, of Coalisland, where he remained until World War Two broke out.
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill The deceased leaves a widow, four boys and two girls. One of the boys is serving with the Royal Army Service Corps in Belgium.
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from No 5 Company, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from Sergeant’s Mess, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from all ranks Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from his comrade Sergeants
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from Officers 25th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from Mr and Mrs Ballantine and daughters
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from members of Ballynakelly Flute Band
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Deepest sympathy from his niece and nephew, Jean and Jim, Freddie and Lax
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill With deepest sympathy from sister Sadie, husband and family
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill In affectionate remembrance from sister Mary, Tommy and family
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill With deepest sympathy from Mr and Mrs McDonald and family
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill In affectionate remembrance from his father and brother
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Sweetest memories of a loved and beloved husband and daddy, from his wife Bessie and sons, Bill, George Clyde and daughters Margaret and Jean
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill The funeral on Saturday from his late residence, Gortgonis, was very large. A detachment of his old comrades from Omagh Depot, under R.S.M. Carberry, acted as pall bearers as the coffin, covered with a Union Jack, was carried through the town on its way to its resting place in Cookstown Cemetery. Rev J A Pollard, B.A., rector of Brackaville, officiated at a service in the house, and Rev R Dougherty, rector of Derryloran, officiated at the graveside. The following were the wreaths:
14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill Much regret was express when news was received of the death of Sergeant William Neill, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, at a military hospital in England on 22nd April after a short illness. The later Sergeant Neill, who was 51, served throughout the last war and afterwards for seven years in India. Upon his discharge from the army, he obtained a position with Mr Kilpatrick, coal merchant, of Coalisland, where he remained until the present war broke out. Hearing the call of King and country, he rejoined his old regiment. Sergeant Neill was a member of Ballynakelly L.O.L. No 157 and R.B.P. 1113 and took a deep interest in Ballynakelly Flute Band, of which he was a prominent member.
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14/09/2020 Sgt. William Neill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 5h May 1945: Sergeant William Neill, Gortgonis, Coalisland
13/09/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw MEGAW - Treasured memories of my dear son, Guardsman Thomas James Megaw, who was killed in action on 27th April 1943. ‘He gave his life. There is no greater glory.’ Always remembered by his father and sister. Crossnarea, Moneymore.
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13/09/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28th April 1945:
13/09/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw MEGAW - In fond and loving memory of my dear husband, Guardsman Thomas James Megaw, Irish Guards, killed in action on 27th April 1943 and was interred in Medjez-el Bab War Cemetery in Tunisia. ‘Not just today but every day, in silence I remember.’ Ever remembered by his loving wife and children, Moneymore.
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13/09/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28th April 1945: Roll of Honour
12/09/2020 Fus Isaac Henry Ever remembered by his loving niece, Agnes Donnelly. Rock, Dungannon.
12/09/2020 Fus Isaac Henry But I will remember you, no matter how long.’
12/09/2020 Fus Isaac Henry Some will forget you, now you are gone,
12/09/2020 Fus Isaac Henry Without farewell you left us all;
12/09/2020 Fus Isaac Henry ‘A day of remembrance sad to recall,
12/09/2020 Fus Isaac Henry HENRY – In loving memory of my dear uncle, Isaac, who was killed in action on 16th April 1943.
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12/09/2020 Fus Isaac Henry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 21st April 1945: Roll of Honour
12/09/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell CAMPBELL – Accidentally killed on foreign service, April 1942, William Thomas Campbell, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Memories will ever remain. Ever remembered by his sorrowing brother and sister-in-law, nephew and niece. Duneane, Randalstown.
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12/09/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 21st April 1945:
12/09/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell Ever remembered by his sorrowing mother, step-father, sisters and brother-in-law. Ballyronan.
12/09/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell But not too far away to think of thee.’
12/09/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell ‘Too far away your grave to see,
12/09/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell CAMPBELL – Accidentally killed on foreign service, April 1942, William Thomas Campbell, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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12/09/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 21st April 1945:
12/09/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson WATTERSON – In fond and loving memory of our dear brother, Sapper T W Watterson, died of wounds received in action in Italy, March 1944. ‘Manly and brave, his young life he gave.’ Ever remembered by his brothers and sisters. Coagh and England.
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12/09/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 7th April 1945: Roll of Honour
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11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent Corporal Francis Nugent was serving with the 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division of the 3rd United States Army when he was killed in action in Germany on 16th February 1945.
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent Francis had discharged himself from hospital after he was wounded the first time so that he could go and fight again.
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent Francis Nugent served for four years in different war zones with 1st American Army.
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent Francis Nugent returned to America in 1938.
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent He also was a member of St Mary’s Gaelic Football Club in Killeeshil.
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent Francis was a prominent member of the Kildress branch of the Irish National Forresters.
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent He came home when he was four years old and spent his childhood in the Kildress – Pomeroy area.
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent Sad news has reached Mr and Mrs Patrick Nugent of Keenaghan that their eldest son, Sergeant Francis Nugent, has been killed in action in Germany. Sergeant Nugent emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1938, and was getting on well in the States when he was conscripted for service. He had served for four years in different war zones with 1st American Army. Before emigrating, Francis was very popular. He was a prominent member of the Kildress branch of the Irish National Forresters and of St Mary’s Gaelic Football Club. Widespread sympathy is extended to the Nugent family in their sad bereavement.
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11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 7th April 1945: Kildress
11/09/2020 Corp Francis P Nugent Francis P Nugent was born in America. Both his parents were Irish. He was the son of Patrick Nugent.
08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare He was married and his wife Mae Bernadette and children lived in Finsbury, London.
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08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare The CWGC record Gunner Hugh Michael O’Hare as the son of Patrick James O'Hare and of Alice O'Hare (nee Corr). He is also recorded as the husband of Mae Bernadette O'Hare of Finsbury, London.
08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare Gunner Hugh Michael O’Hare is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany. His inscription reads: ALWAYS IN MY HEART. SADLY MOURNED AND ALWAYS MISSED BY WIFE AND CHILDREN
08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare Gunner Hugh Michael O’Hare was serving with the 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), part of the Royal Armoured Corps when he was killed in action in Holland on 27th February 1945. He was 31 years old.
08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare A report in the local newspaper after his death implies he hailed from Pomeroy.
08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare Hugh was an outstanding Gaelic footballer.
08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare Hugh O’Hare was born about 1914.
08/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare Hugh Michael O’Hare was the son of James and Alice O'Hare (nee Corr).
06/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare Sad news has reached the village that Private Hugh Michael O’Hare has been killed in action in Holland. The deceased was an outstanding Gaelic footballer before he joined the forces, and was very popular in social circles. Widespread sorrow is evinced among his many friends.
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06/09/2020 Trooper Hugh Michael O'Hare From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 24th March 1945: Pomeroy
06/09/2020 Civilian William Shuter SHUTER – Treasured memories of my dear brother, William, who died through enemy action on 14th March 1941and was interred in Dumbarton Cemetery, Scotland. Memories will ever remain. Ever remembered by his loving sister and brother-in-law, Cissie and Billie Bigger. Donegall Road, Belfast.
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06/09/2020 Civilian William Shuter From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 17th March 1945:
06/09/2020 Civilian William Shuter But not too far to think of thee.’
06/09/2020 Civilian William Shuter ‘Too far away his grave to see.
06/09/2020 Civilian William Shuter Ever remembered by his loving father, mother, brothers and sister-in-law. Killymuck, Ballinderry Bridge and Belfast.
06/09/2020 Civilian William Shuter SHUTER – Result of enemy action – In loving and affectionate remembrance of our dear son and brother William, who died on 14th March 1941 (as the result of enemy action) and was interred in Dumbarton Cemetery, Scotland.
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06/09/2020 Civilian William Shuter From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 17th March 1945:
06/09/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove Fusilier William Cosgrove, of Cookstown, who was report missing, is now officially reported as a prisoner of war in Germany. He was almost fourteen years in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and since the outbreak of the war has been overseas – in France from 1939, fought in the invasion of Sicily and of Italy and on the Burma Road. His brother, Edward, has also fourteen years’ service and has been abroad since 1939. He was at the invasion of Normandy. Another brother, resident in Cookstown, has been at war-work. They are brothers of John Cosgrave, who was killed a few weeks ago by an American truck at Churchtown.
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06/09/2020 Civilian John Cosgrove From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 17th March 1945: Fusilier William Cosgrove (brother of John Cosgrove)
06/09/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie It has been officially announced that Private William Harrison of the U.S. Army, who was sentenced to death at a U.S. Court-martial in Cookstown last November for the murder of seven and a half year old Patricia Wylie, daughter of My Wylie of Killycolpy, was hanged at Somerton on 7th April.
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06/09/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 14th April 1945:
06/09/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The adjourned inquest on Patricia Wylie, aged seven and a half, whose body had been found near her father’s home at Killycolpy on 24th September last, was resumed in Carnan A.O.H. Hall on Wednesday, before Dr A M Elliott, J.P., coroner, and 13 of a jury, the foreman being Mr Thomas Ferguson, J.P. Head Constable Close, of Cookstown, conducted the examination of the witnesses. Sergeant Partridge, of Coagh, gave evidence of being present at a U.S. Army court-martial in Cookstown, when Private William Harrison, who had been stationed at Cluntoe, was convicted of the murder of the deceased. The verdict returned was that of death caused by asphyxia, due to choking or strangulation by Private Harrison of the U.S Army.
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06/09/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 10th March 1945: The Killycolpy Murder – Adjourned Inquest
06/09/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie
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