Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls ‘I was holding a wood on 24th August, with my own platoon and No 13 Platoon as well. Altogether there were less than thirty of us, and that nigh the Germans attacked the wood with a party of nearly 100 men. We did not lose the wood, but from that action I brought out of my own platoon five men, and out of the No 13 Platoon, six men. Your son was at first posed as missing, but a couple of days later we drove the Germans back about two miles, and when my Company Commander went over the ground in front of the wood, he found you son’s body. He has been buried outside that wood and a cross has been erected over his grave. Unfortunately I a\m not permitted to tell you the name of the wood, but some day you will be told. I will say your son was one of the best soldiers in our company, one whom I could trust implicitly to perform any duty he was given to do, and both the Company Commander and Sergeant Major speak of him being one of the most reliable and trustworthy men in the company. I know this will be hard news for you to bear, but the only comfort I can give you is that he died as a good soldier should, and believe me I am proud to have had a man like him under my command. We forwarded his effects to the War Office who will send them on to you.’
16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls In a letter to Mrs Walls, Bridge Street, informing her of the death in action of her son, Private Robert Walls, Royal Inniskillings, an officer says:-
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16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th November 1918: Moneymore
16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls Ever remembered by his loving mother, sisters, brother, and brother-in-law.
16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls For his country’s cause he did fall.’
16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls He sleeps far away in a hero’s grave,
16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls He answered his Master’s call;
16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls ‘He fell at his post like a soldier brave,
16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls WALLS – Killed in action on 24th August 1918, Private Robert Walls, No 24260, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the beloved son of Mrs Walls, Bridge Street, Moneymore, aged 29 years.
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16/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th November 1918:
16/02/2019 Pte. William Hamilton Tomb TOMB – 2nd November (of pneumonia), at Royal Air Force Hospital, Blandford Training Camp, Dorset. William Hamilton, youngest and much loved son of the late Hamilton and Mrs Tomb, Killycurragh, Cookstown, age 17 years.
16/02/2019 Pte. William Hamilton Tomb 01852
16/02/2019 Pte. William Hamilton Tomb From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th November 1918:
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan Ever remembered by his loving friends.
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan Till the call of the roll on high.’
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan Let him sleep, calmly sleep,
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan While the days and the years go by;
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan Now he sleeps, calmly sleeps,
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan Since Jesus lives, our spirit calmly saith – Thy will be done.
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan And those we love are call to yield their breath;
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan ‘Though in the fray, we pass the vale of death,
16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan HAGAN – A tribute of love and respect to the memory of 71398 Trooper Matthew Hagan, Staffordshire Yeomanry, died of malaria 17th October1918.
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16/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th November 1918:
16/02/2019 Pte. James Ferguson Mr John Ferguson desires to thank the many kind friends who sympathised with him in his recent sad bereavement and to those who sent letters of condolence, when his son, Private James Ferguson, was killed in action. Hoping this will be accepted by all. The Hermitage, Ballyronan.
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16/02/2019 Pte. James Ferguson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th November 1918: Thanks
16/02/2019 Pte. James Herbert Clarke CLARKE – In fond and loving memory of James H Clarke, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who died on 8th November 1914, in No 10 Field Ambulance, of wounds received in action on 7th November 1914. Ever remembered by his widow and little children, Millburn Street, Cookstown.
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16/02/2019 Pte. James Herbert Clarke From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th November 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. James Spratt James worked for some years in Brown’s Soap Works, Donaghmore
15/02/2019 Pte. James Spratt James and the family do not appear on the 1901 or 1911 Irish Census.
15/02/2019 Pte. James Spratt Mr George Spratt, Chapel Street, Cookstown, has received word from the Records Office that his son, Private James Spratt, Highland Light Infantry, has been wounded and missing since 23rd August. Later a P.C. arrived from Private Spratt saying he is a prisoner of war in Germany and wounded. Private Spratt joined up in August 1915, and has seen much heavy fighting since then. In civilian life he worked for some years in Brown’s Soap Works, Donaghmore.
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15/02/2019 Pte. James Spratt From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long Deeply regretted by his little daughter, ** and brothers, and brother-in-law, **
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** British soldier’s grave.’
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** know that he is dying,
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** like others, must be brave,
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** lost him, we who loved him,
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** loved so dear.
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** and sudden was the call,
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** death was near
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long ** and strength he left his house.
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long LONG – Died of wounds received in action on 8th October 1918, after four years’ service, 10788 Private Willie Long, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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15/02/2019 Pte. William Long From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. William Long Official intimation has been received that Private William Long, Royal Inniskillings, has died of wounds received in action on 8th October. Private Long, who resided in Millburn Street, joined up four years ago, and took part in many battles. He was well-known and respected in Cookstown, and his death is regretted by all. He leaves one little daughter to mourn his loss. Which is the more sad as her mother died a couple of years ago. Much sympathy is felt for her and the other relatives.
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15/02/2019 Pte. William Long From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918: Private William Long Killed
15/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan Private Matthew Hagan, Staffordshire Yeomanry, son of William Hagan, Aughavey, Coagh, who has died from malaria while serving. The sad intimation was conveyed to his sorrowing parents on Monday in a wire from the Record Office, York, saying he was dangerously ill, and even then high hopes were entertained for his recovery, but the sad news came on Tuesday saying he had died of malaria on 17th October. The deceased was only 24 years of age. He joined the North Irish Horse in the early months of the war, and after training at Antrim he went to France, where he took part in some heavy engagements for eighteen months. He was invalided suffering from pleurisy, and after spending some time in Hilden Hospital, Belfast, and a visit to his parents, he returned to his unit and volunteered for foreign service. In January last he was transferred to the Staffordshire Yeomanry. Before he enlisted he was employed by his brother John in the fowl and egg business in Coagh, and made hosts of friends, not alone in Coagh, but in all the district for miles around, who now extend their sympathy to his grief-stricken parents, brothers and sisters.
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15/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918: Private Matthew Hagan
15/02/2019 Pte. George Usher At the meeting of the Hope of Cookstown Lodge, I.O.G.T., on Monday, Brother J H Donaghey presided, and there was a good attendance. Arrangements were made for a social meeting on Halloweve night. A resolution of sympathy was passed with Brother George Ferson, Drumnacross, on the recent death in action of his brother, a silent standing vote. A similar resolution was passed to Sister Lily Usher, Oldtown, Cookstown, who also lost a brother, killed in action a few days previously.
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15/02/2019 Pte. George Usher From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferson At the meeting of the Hope of Cookstown Lodge, I.O.G.T., on Monday, Brother J H Donaghey presided, and there was a good attendance. Arrangements were made for a social meeting on Halloweve night. A resolution of sympathy was passed with Brother George Ferson, Drumnacross, on the recent death in action of his brother, a silent standing vote. A similar resolution was passed to Sister Lily Usher, Oldtown, Cookstown, who also lost a brother, killed in action a few days previously.
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15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferson Private James Ferson, son of Mr William Ferson, Drumnacross, Cookstown, killed by a machine gun bullet through the heart when getting his gun into action in 1st October. Lieutenant Parsons, writing to his father, says the deceased was with him during all the recent fighting and did splendid work, and will be missed by all the battery. He did his duty nobly. The deceased was a tramway conductor in Toronto when he joined up, and was attached to the Machine Gun Corps. He was previously gassed, and last Easter he was home on furlough. Another brother is on active service.
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15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918: Private James Ferson
15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferguson Mr John Ferguson, of Ballyronan, has received, through the War Office, the sad news of the death of his son Private James Ferguson, killed in action in France on the 29th September. This brave young hero joined the Royal Inniskillings when but a lad in the end of September 1915. After a short training at home, he was sent to France in 1916 to join his Ulster comrades in the never to be forgotten Battle of the Somme. He was with his regiment continually since then, passing through some of the fiercest encounters of the war without receiving a wound. Quite recently he was home on leave, full of health and vigour, and looking to a near termination of this war. He has been denied the glory of sharing in the final victory. Shortly after his return he gave his life for his country, and lies now amongst our honoured dead in France. We desire to extend our sympathy to the friends and relatives.
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15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferguson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferguson FERGUSON – Killed in action in France on 29th September, Private James Ferguson, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, son of Mr John Ferguson, Ballyronan?
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15/02/2019 Pte. James Ferguson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran ** son is lowly laid.
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran ** help the mother’s riven heart,
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran ** blood and life is paid –
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran ** price of victory and peace,
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran CURRAN - At No 44 Clearing Station on 23rd October, from wounds received in action on 14th, Private David Curran, Royal Inniskillings loved son of Mrs Curran, Oldtown Cookstown, aged 19 years.
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15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918:
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran Private Curran, who was only nineteen years of age, was held in great regard by all who knew him, and his death is generally regretted.
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran ‘I know how sore your heart will be, and that your home will be desolate without him. But I hope you will try to remember that your loss is his gain, and it is well with your boy. Everything was done for him that was, humanly speaking, possible, but his wounds were so severe that he passed away on 23rd about 4 o’clock.’
15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran Mrs Curran, Oldtown, Cookstown, has received notification that her son, Private David Curran, Royal Inniskillings, died at No 44 Clearing Station on 23rd October, from wounds received in action on 14th. A previous message intimated that he had been severely wounded on both legs, one having to be amputated. An army chaplain writes giving particulars, and adding that he had seen the boy constantly while in the Clearing Station, and that he spoke much of his mother and family. The letter concludes:-
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15/02/2019 Pte. David George Curran From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st October 1918: Private D Curran Killed
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher Mrs Margaret Usher, Oldtown Street, Cookstown, has received a letter from the matron of a field hospital in France that her son, Private George Usher, Royal Inniskillings, was brought in on the morning of 16th October suffering from a wound in the abdomen His condition was very bad on admission, and he failed to respond to treatment, passing away at 4:30 the same evening without regaining consciousness. He was buried in a convenient British cemetery. Private Usher, who was only 20 years old, joined up two years ago. Prior to enlistment he was an apprentice mechanic in Messrs Gunning’s factory. He was a lad of kindly and pleasant disposition, and respected by everyone, and the news of his death has caused much regret.
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14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918: Cookstown Soldier Killed
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher Inserted by his sorrowing mother, sisters and brother (on active service) and his brother-in-law.
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher On a brighter, better shore.’
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher We hope to clap you hand, dear George,
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher Amid the cannon’s roar;
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher He fell mid din of battle
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher My well beloved son.
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher With a manly heart, he did his part,
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher God’s will, it must be done;
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher ‘The blow was hard, we felt it bad –
14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher USHER – Killed in action in France, 16th October 1918. Private George Usher, Royal Inniskillings, youngest son of Mrs Margaret and the late James Usher. Oldtown Street, Cookstown, aged 20 years.
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14/02/2019 Pte. George Usher From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918:
14/02/2019 Gnr William George Scott Deeply regretted by father, mother, and brothers and sisters, Ballygruby, Moneymore
14/02/2019 Gnr William George Scott When the sad news came that day.’
14/02/2019 Gnr William George Scott But alas our hopes were blighted,
14/02/2019 Gnr William George Scott And shield him in the fray;
14/02/2019 Gnr William George Scott ‘We prayed that God would keep him,
14/02/2019 Gnr William George Scott SCOTT – In sad and loving memory of our dear son W G Scott, Royal Garrison Artillery, who departed this life on 24th October 1917 from wounds received in action. Interred in Brighton Cemetery.
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14/02/2019 Gnr William George Scott From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918:
13/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken Private George McCracken, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, eldest son of Mr Joseph McCracken. Hillhead, Castledawson, who died from wounds received in action on 18th September 1918. He had over three years’ service in France, and before joining was employed in Clark’s factory, Castledawson.
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13/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918: Private George McCracken
13/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken At the annual meeting of L.O.L. No 97, Castledawson, all the officers were reelected. Letters of sympathy were directed to be forwarded to Brother Joseph McCracken (son) killed in action, and to Brother Sergeant Bob Woods (wounded) on the death of his mother. Feeling references were made to the loss sustained by the lodge in the death of Brother Lance Corporal William Shanks, killed in action.
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13/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918: Castledawson
12/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls Mrs Walls, Bridge Street, has received official notification that her son, Robert, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been killed in action. The deceased had been wounded and in hospital some months ago, and had gone back to his regiment. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved mother and family.
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12/02/2019 Pte. Robert Walls From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918:
12/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan Deeply regretted by his sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters.
12/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan HAGAN – 71398 Private Matthew Hagan, Staffordshire Yeomanry, died 17th October from malaria, contracted while serving with his regiment in Palestine, the seventh beloved son of William and Matilda Hagan, Aughavey, Coagh, County Tyrone, aged 24 years.
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12/02/2019 Pte. Matthew Hagan From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918:
12/02/2019 Pte. George Greer At Curragh L.O.L. 855 the following resolution was passed in silence on the motion of Brother S McKeown, seconded by Brother W Hyndman:- ‘That we have learned with deep regret of the death of Brother George Greer of the Canadians, who was formerly one of our most esteemed and popular members, and who was killed in action in France on 2nd September, and we beg to tender to his relatives our heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement.’
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12/02/2019 Pte. George Greer From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1918:
11/02/2019 Pte. Robert Falls Remembered by his mother, brothers, sisters. Blue Doors, Cookstown.
11/02/2019 Pte. Robert Falls ‘Gone but not forgotten’
11/02/2019 Pte. Robert Falls FALLS – In loving memory of my dear son, No 7881 Private Robert Falls, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action at Mons on or about 18th October 1914. ‘Gone but not forgotten’
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11/02/2019 Pte. Robert Falls From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 10th October 1918:
11/02/2019 Pte. Thomas Alexander McReynolds MCREYNOLDS – In loving memory of Private T A McReynolds, Royal Warwick Regiment, eldest son of T A McReynolds, Kingsmills, Stewartstown, officially reported killed in action or died of wounds on 9th October 1917.
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11/02/2019 Pte. Thomas Alexander McReynolds From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd October 1918:
11/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken Inserted by his loving uncle, aunt and cousins, Robert Bell, wife and family, Killymoon Street, Cookstown.
11/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken With the Ulster Volunteers.’
11/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken On the plains of France he fought and died,
11/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken Unknown to coward’s fears;
11/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken ‘For King and country, firm he stood,
11/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken MCCRACKEN – 18th September, died of wounds, No. 27419 Private George McCracken, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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11/02/2019 Pte. George McCracken From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd October 1918:
10/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Falls FALLS - In loving memory of my dear son, Private No. 11097 Samuel G Falls, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, killed in action at Loos on the 27th September 1915. Blue Doors, Cookstown.
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10/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Falls From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st September 1918:
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister Ever remembered by his sorrowing father, mother and sister, Salterstown.
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister With the Ulster Volunteers.’
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister On the plains of France he fought and died,
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister Unknown to cowards fears;
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister For King and country firm he stood,
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister To take the last farewell.
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister Our only grief, we were not there,
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister He fall amidst shot and shell;
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister As dawn swept over the trenches,
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister On the hearts he left at home.
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister But his name is written in letters of gold,
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister In a hollowed grave unknown,
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister ‘He sleeps away in a foreign land,
10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister MCALLISTER – In loving memory of our dear son, Private Jack McAllister, who was killed in action on 9th September 1917.
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10/02/2019 Pte. John (Jack) McAllister From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st September 1918:
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry Mr John Henry, Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown, has received information that his brother, Private William Henry, Royal Irish Fusiliers, died of fever in Salonika on 9th September. The deceased, who was well-known and respected in Cookstown, went to work in Scotland, and it was from there he joined up soon after the outbreak of the war. He paid a brief visit to his native town on furlough about a year ago. He leaves a wife and eight children, who reside in Scotland, to mourn his loss.
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10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st September 1918:
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry Sadly missed by his sorrowing brother and sister-in-law, Johnnie and Maggie Henry, Waterloo Terrace, Cookstown.
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry And will for evermore.’
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry He lives with us in memory still,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry Not lost, but gone before,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry Not dead to those who loved him,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry In death we do the same.
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry In life we loved you very dear,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry It is sweet to breathe your name;
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry Peaceful be your rest, dear brother,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry In a cold and silent grave.
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry Lies a kind and loving brother,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry Where the trees and branches wave,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry ‘Out in a foreign country,
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry HENRY – No. 13240 Private Willie Henry, 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on 9th September 1918 in Salonika, from malarial fever, after three years’ service.
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10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st September 1918:
10/02/2019 Pte. William Henry William Henry was married to Annie Henry. William and Annie had eight children.
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness ‘I desire to convey to you an expression of sympathy from myself and Countess of Liverpool in the loss you have suffered. Liverpool, Governor of New Zealand.’
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness ‘Please accept my sincerest sympathy in the loss you and New Zealand have suffered. J Allen. Ministry of Defence., Wellington, New Zealand.’
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness ‘The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and the Queen in you sorrow. He, whose loss you mourn, died in the noblest of causes. His country will be ever grateful to him for the sacrifice he has made for freedom and justice. Milner. Secretary of State for War.’
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness The following messages of sympathy were received by Mrs Harkness:-
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness ‘Your dear son passed peacefully away in this hospital. I had hoped he might live. His thoughts were of you constantly and he eagerly looked forward to arriving home. The Lord was with him on his bed of suffering and gave him strength and comfort in his last moments. He was buried in our military cemetery.’
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness A later letter from the chaplain to his mother says:-
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness ‘Your boy was a company stretcher bearer and while going forward with three others, a shell landed very close. One chap was killed, and the others, including your son, received nasty wounds. Company stretcher bearers do a splendid work here. They are right up at the front with their companies and carry from the front line to the regimental aid post.’
09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness Private Alexander Harkness, Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Forces, son of Mrs Harkness, Drumconvis, who was killed in action on 16th August. He was 30 years of age and had emigrated to New Zealand in 1914. In 1916 he joined the Wellington Regiment and was in training until January 1917, when he landed in England. The following May he visited his home in Drumconvis and again in August 1917, he got another furlough. He was mortally wounded at his post as stretcher bearer. A chum writing to his mother says:-
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09/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th September 1918: Private Alexander Harkness
09/02/2019 Lieut Ernest Creighton ‘Lieutenant Creighton was a very fine officer, of splendid character, and popular alike with his brother officers and men, and his death is deeply felt by us all. It may perhaps be some little consolation to know that he died without pain, and leading his men gallantly in what has been in some ways our most successful operation of the whole war. I wish you would make known to his relatives the high estimation that I had id Lieutenant Creighton, and express to them my deep sympathy in their bereavement.’
09/02/2019 Lieut Ernest Creighton It was with feelings of very sincere regret that his many friends in the Cookstown district heard of the death in action of Lieutenant Ernest Creighton. The deceased officer was the youngest son of Mr James Creighton, Doons, and was 27 years of age. In the year 1913 he emigrated to Canada and soon came to occupy a good position in Toronto. A prosperous and useful career seemed in store for him in the land of his adoption, but the call of King and country came, and it did not fall on deaf ears. On 1st September 1915 he enlisted as a private in the 92nd Highlanders. His uprightness of character and his ability soon made themselves felt, and in a very short time he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and qualified as an instructor of infantry. For one year he served in the trenches in France and took part in several severe engagements. Again his worth attracted the attention of his superiors, and he was selected for a commission, being sent to England to qualify himself for that position. He was gazetted in January last, and sent to France again in April to join his regiment. On 8th August he fell gallantly leading his men to victory. In a letter of sympathy to his father, the commanding officer of the deceased’s regiment says:-
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09/02/2019 Lieut Ernest Creighton From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th September 1918: Lieutenant Ernest Creighton
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness Ever remembered by his sorrowing mother, sisters, and brothers. Drumconvis, Coagh.
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness Need we grudge him the rest so sweet?’
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness The Commander above has said ‘Well done’,
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness No tramp of charging feet;
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness No scream of shell disturbs his rest,
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness And the victors’ crown he won.
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness Brave to the last, to his God he passed,
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness His weary marching done.
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness ‘At rest, all battles over,
08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness HARKNESS – Died of wounds received in action on France, 16th August 1918, Private A D Harkness, 2nd Battalion Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Forces, son of Mr A Harkness, Drumconvis, Coagh, County Tyrone, aged 30 years.
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08/02/2019 Pte. Alexander Duff Harkness From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th September 1918:
07/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Henry Watters There are at present three possible medals cards for Hugh Henry Watters. All are listed below.
07/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Henry Watters Private Hugh Henry Watters is not listed on the CWGC.
07/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Henry Watters Hugh Henry Watters was interred in Albany.
07/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Henry Watters Hugh Henry Watters died due to illness at home, at his father’s residence in Tamnavalley, Stewartstown on 15th August 1918, aged 29.
07/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Henry Watters WATTERS – 15th August, at his father’s residence, Tamneyvalley, Stewartstown, Hugh Henry, second son of Mr John Watters. Interred in Albany.
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07/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Henry Watters From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st August 1918:
07/02/2019 Sgt. John Suffern Scott SCOTT – In sad but loving memory of our dear son, Sergeant John S Scott, Canadian Rifles, who was killed in action in France on 15th August 1917. Inserted by his sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters. Bellagherty, Ballyronan.
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07/02/2019 Sgt. John Suffern Scott From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st August 1918:
06/02/2019 Pte. William Nixon NIXON – In loving memory of Private Willie Nixon, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action at the retreat from Mons, 26th August 1914. Ever remembered by his wife and little children, Willie and Jennie. ‘Gone but not forgotten.’ Louisville, Cookstown.
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06/02/2019 Pte. William Nixon From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th August 1918:
06/02/2019 Lieut Ernest Creighton CREIGHTON - Killed in action in France on 8th August, Lieutenant Ernest Creighton, 13th Battalion, Royal Highland Canadians, youngest son of James Creighton, Doons, Cookstown. ‘Faithful unto death.’
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06/02/2019 Lieut Ernest Creighton From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th August 1918:
06/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery William D Lavery, son of Mr W J Lavery, clerk of the markets, Cookstown, passed for the Cadet Unit, Royal Air Force, and goes to Hamstead, London, on Tuesday next. This is the third and last son of Mr Lavery to join the colours. The oldest son was killed, and the second, Lieutenant J P Lavery, M.C., was severely wounded.
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06/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th August 1918: William Lavery (brother of James Lavery)
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sisters, Mrs Simpson and Mrs Nixon, also his brothers-in-law (Sergeant) Robert C Simpson, on active service; and Robert Nixon, Killymoon Street, Cookstown.
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield On that resurrection morn.’
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield We shall meet to part, no, never,
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield There shall be a glorious dawn,
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield Our brother sleeps, though not for ever,
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield Laid in a soldier’s grave.
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield We never thought how soon he’d be
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield He looked so strong and brave;
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield ‘When last we saw him smiling,
06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield ASHFIELD – In loving memory of our dear brother, Private Hugh Ashfield, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action 10th August 1917.
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06/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Ashfield From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 10th August 1918:
06/02/2019 Lieut Andrew John Viscount Stuart Captain Viscount Stuart, M.C., of Stuart Hall, Stewartstown, has been promoted to the rank of Major.
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06/02/2019 Lieut Andrew John Viscount Stuart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd August 1918:
04/02/2019 Corp William Nathaniel Thom Concluding, Mr Thom said the soldiers showed the spirit of love and of sacrifice and of Christianity, and had they not within themselves, although they showed it not, the Spirit of Jesus Christ? Might our prayer always be ‘God make us worthy of such splendid devotion.’
04/02/2019 Corp William Nathaniel Thom The part that religion played in the life of the army in the field was a very vexed question. He had been with English Divisions during his time in France, and therefore he was in a position to say that there was in regard to them as in regard to Irishmen, a good deal of unnecessary discouragement. On the other side, they heard that the church had failed, and religion meant nothing in the life of the soldier. That was not his experience. That was a wonderful sense of religion and a realisation of God felt by those in supreme command. He remembered hearing a bishop, who was telling a couple of Canadians some of his experience of our Army commanders, saying that a colonel had told him that he believed God had made him a colonel. There was in that, to his mind, the simplicity, the piety and the reality of religion which was realised by the British Army, and especially by the higher command.
04/02/2019 Corp William Nathaniel Thom The Rev John Thom, M.C., C.F. (who is home on furlough from France), gave an eloquent account of his work as a military chaplain to a large congregation in St James’s Parish Church, Dublin, on Sunday morning. He referred to the good influence on our soldiers of the old traditions of home, and recounted incidents of bravery of the troops, and especially the Ulster Division in a series of attacks at the Battle of the Somme. One of the most splendid sights of that battle was the dash of the Ulstermen and other Irishmen in an attack on an almost impregnable German line. It was men like those, said a general, that made attacks possible. The sight of those things never fade from the minds of those who had seen them, nor from the memories of those who heard of them. He believed that the Irish people were inspired with wonderful loyalty, and he had often told English people that no matter what happened here, no matter how vile and how despicable were the things that happened, there was no loyalty throughout the whole Empire so earnest and so real as the loyalty of Irishmen.
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04/02/2019 Corp William Nathaniel Thom From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th July 1918: Courage of Irish Soldiers - William Thom (father of William Nat Thom)
04/02/2019 Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson ‘Dear Mr Ferguson, your daughter was buried at 9pm today. I have arranged to have a photo of the grave taken for you. A great many of the sisters went to the funeral, there were six pall bearers, seven medical officers who carried the coffin from the carriage to the cemetery. There were a great many patients in blue. I thought of it so nice of them, they came to my office to ask if they might be allowed to go. Some were sent up in ambulances. They had known sister and were all so very upset at her death. There were a great many officers, the commandant colonel and many others. The Last Post was sounded. Captain the Hon. Parker, Presbyterian clergyman, took the service. He saw sister just before she passed away. There were many beautiful wreaths etc, from the officers, N.C.O.s, officers and privates of the unit, and one large bunch of flowers, sent by some Italian, as it had a bow of Italian colours. On one of the wreaths of the nursing staff were tied a bow of her ‘colours’. I feel very sorry for you all, as I know what a very great trouble and shock this will be to you. With deep sympathy, yours sincerely, M W Nordhouse, Matron.’
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04/02/2019 Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson ‘Dear Mr Ferguson, Just after sending your letter off yesterday, your daughter too very suddenly much worse and I am grieved to have to tell you that she died at 9.30am. She was quite conscious nearly to the end. Just before she passed away, she became unconscious and just passed quite peacefully away. It is a great sorrow to all the nursing staff, as your daughter was such a great favourite, and loved by all. She had her ward so much to heart and was such an excellent nurse. It will be a little comfort to you all to know that she was appreciated and loved, and so excellently ‘did her bit’, never sparing herself at all in all the great rush of active service. Sister will be buried tomorrow. Some very beautiful flowers have arrived. I will write you all after the funeral. Sister is to be buried in the New English Cemetery, two miles from here. She will be buried with full military honours. M W Nordhouse, Matron.’
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04/02/2019 Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson ‘Dear Sir, I deeply grieve to write what you will have already learnt from other sources that your daughter gave up her life in attending the sick and wounded in our hospital. She was much valued and beloved. I can personally testify to her devotion to duty, and to the deep sorrow caused by her being taken from us so suddenly. She worked till midday on 25th, being evidently, like others here, run down by the great strain thrown on all of us by the sudden arrival of hundreds of wounded. It was soon recognised that her case was grave, and she passed away about 9.30am on the 26th. I was at the hospital at the time. The matron and the nurses are deeply affected. I thought it may interest you to see where we laid her to rest, and the photographer was ordered to take a photograph showing the last ** being paid at her grave. I will send you a copy as soon as one can be processed. Having myself laid one beloved and saintly daughter to rest, and having lost my elder son in action, may I add my own heartfelt sympathy with you and those who loved her. Such lives are not lost, they set a noble and enduring example. Yours in deep sympathy, C P Lynden-Bell, Colonel, (Commandant, Bordighera Area), Bordighera, Italy. 28th June 1918.’
04/02/2019 Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson Mr John R Ferguson, Lanebrooke House, Ballygoney, has received the following letters with reference to the death of his daughter, sister Rachel Ferguson:-
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04/02/2019 Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th July 1918: The Late Nurse Ferguson
03/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery Dr H Brown (son of the later Mr William Brown, Drapersfield and Mrs Brown, Molesworth Road) was also paying a home visit preparatory to joining the R.A.M.C.
03/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery Lieutenant Herbert Malone, B.L., Royal Field Artillery, who was wounded in the army at Ginchy, who is a staff officer at Newcastle.
03/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery Lieutenant J P Lavery, M.C., Royal Garrison Artillery, who was wounded at Cambrai, where he won the Military Cross, but is now completely recovered and is going to France again and
03/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery Lieutenant J Hopper of the Bedfords, who was wounded on 1st July and lost his right arm, and is now engaged with his regiment in England.
03/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery Three young Cookstown officers, civilians who joined the army and all of whom have been wounded, were home last week on short leave. These are:
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03/02/2019 Pte. James Sterling Lavery From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 13th July 1918:
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor Forever remembered by his sister Annie; also his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Annie Taylor, Waterloo Crescent, Cookstown.
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor We will remember thee.’
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor But so long as life and memory lasts,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor A grave we may never see,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor A lonely grave in a foreign land,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor Be laid in a soldier’s grave.
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor We little thought how soon we would,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor He looked so strong and brave,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor ‘When we last saw his smiling face,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor TAYLOR – In loving memory of my dear brother, No 27688. Private Hugh Taylor, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 1st July 1916.
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03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th July 1918:
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor Deeply regretted by his father, mother, brothers and sisters, Millburn Street, Cookstown.
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor The face of our dear son.’
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor And we miss among the cheering crowd,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor When the heroes do return,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor But the hardest part is yet to come,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor For his country’s cause he did fall.
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor He sleeps far away in a hero’s grave,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor He answered his Master’s call,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor ‘He fell at his post like a soldier brave,
03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor TAYLOR – In fond remembrance of our dear son, No 27688. Private Hugh Taylor, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 1st July 1916.
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03/02/2019 Pte. Hugh Taylor From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th July 1918:
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young Private Young is commemorated locally on both the old and new Coagh Memorials.
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young Ever remembered by his sorrowing parents, sister and brothers, Lower Coagh, Coagh, County Tyrone.
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young We have no Samuel now.’
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young But in our aching heart we know,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young And kiss his still, cold brow;
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young We dream we see his dear kind face,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young Lies numbered with the dead,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young The dearest one to us on earth,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young Through life’s dark vale we tread;
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young But now alas with sorrowing heart,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young When we told him al our care.
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young Where of the sat with listening ear,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young And we see his vacant chair,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young ‘When we look around our lonely home,
01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young YOUNG – First Anniversary – In loving remembrance of our dear son and brother, Private Samuel Young, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action somewhere in France, 26th June 1917.
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01/02/2019 Pte. Samuel Young From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th June 1918:
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