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19304   Private Alexander McLernon
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Alexander McLernon was born in the parish of Derryloran, Cookstown, the husband of Sarah Jane McLernon (nee Nelson). He was employed at Gunning’s Factory, Milburn, Cookstown, before he enlisted with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. On 1st July 1916, when the 9th Inniskillings made their advance toward the Schwaben Redoudt, Alexander McLernon was seen to have been severely wounded. At the end of July, Mrs. Sarah Jane McLernon received a letter stating that all efforts to find her husband had failed and he hoped that he may still be alive and a prisoner of war.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Panel 4D-5B
CWGC Casualty 803679
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St Luran's Church, Church Street Cookstown
2 Gunnings Factory Memorial Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
4 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 143
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 1901 Census lists McLernon family 1901 census lists Alexander as age 24 at house 6 in Coagh St, Lane off, Cookstown
2 1911 Census lists McLernon family 1911 census lists Alexander as age 34 at house 7 in Coolreaghs. Lissan, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here - Alexander McLennon !!
4 Private James Nelson Private James Nelson was brother-in-law and close friend of Alex McLernon
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023