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3066   Sergeant Joseph John Burns
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 07/08/1920 (Home)
Age: 30
Joseph Burns was the son of William and Annie Burns. Joseph was born in Cookstown about 1890. It seems that he enlisted as John Burns, but in civilian life he was known as Joseph. He enlisted in June 1908. He married Sarah Burns (nee Burns) on 3rd June 1911 in Cookstown. They had two sons. John was promoted regularly and was made Sergeant in June 1914. His wife Sarah died on 25th March 1915. On 2nd July 1915, John was badly injured in both legs by a bomb at Gallipoli. He was discharged, being no longer physically fit for active service, a year later on 21st July 1916. He was moved to Chelsea for a time and then back to Cookstown. Sergeant John Joseph Burns died as a result of his wounds on 7th August 1920. Sergeant Burns is interred in Cookstown New Cemetery.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cookstown New Cemetery
  Cookstown, Co Tyrone, 6
Grave Ref: J-1513
CWGC Casualty 661733
Cookstown New Cemetery is situated at the junction of Cemetery Road and Westland Road South, Cookstown. Cookstown New Cemetery is also known as Westland Rd Cemetery and Forthill Cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 298
2 Adairs Mill Greenvale
3 Oldtown National School
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists a Joseph Burns Possible listing of Joseph Burns at house 35 in Millburn St, Cookstown
2 1901 Census lists Burns family Does not list John as living with the family at house 44 in Killymoon Street, Cookstown Urban, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists Burns family Does not list John as living with the family at house 16 in Killymoon Street, Cookstown Urban, Tyrone
4 1911 Census lists Mary Espey Lists Mary, guardian of John's two sons, living at house house 66 in Church Street, Cookstown Urban, Tyrone
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Private James Espey Brother in law of Sergeant Joseph John Burns
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023