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20439   Private John Slevin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/05/1898
Died: 21/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 19
Summary      
John Slevin was the son of James and Elizabeth Slevin. John Slevin and his twin brother James Slevin were born in Fintona on 9th May 1898. He was one of four children, all of whom were twins. In his late teens John enlisted in Omagh with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private John Slevin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918. He was killed during the retreat from St Quentin during the German Spring Offensive.
Further Information
John Slevin was the son of James and Elizabeth Slevin. James Slevin and Elizabeth Stars were married on 7th October 1896 in the district of Omagh.
John Slevin and his twin brother James Slevin were born in Fintona, Omagh, County Tyrone, on 9th May 1898. He was one of four children, all of whom were twins.
Family: James Slevin, Lizzie Slevin, John Slevin (born 9th May 1898), James Slevin (born 9th May 1898), Margaret Slevin (born 8th February 1901), Catherine Slevin (born 8th February 1901).
The 1901 census lists John as age 2, the son of a shoemaker, at house 4 in Fintona Back Street, Fintona, County Tyrone.
The 1911 census lists John as age 12, living with the family at house 11 in Mill Street, Fintona. John was still at school. His father was not living with the family at this time. His mother was a washer woman.
In his late teens John enlisted in Omagh with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Medal card
Private John Slevin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918. He was killed during the retreat from St Quentin during the German Spring Offensive.
Private John Slevin has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 38-40 on Pozieres Memorial, France.
Private John Slevin is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
The CWGC record Private John Slevin as the son of James and Elizabeth Slevin of Killymoon Street, Cookstown.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Killymoon Street Cookstown South CWGC lists parents in Killymoon Street 54.635051 -6.743627
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1 1901 Census lists Slevin family 1901 census lists John as age 2, the son of a shoemaker, at house 4 in Fintona Back Street, Fintona
2 1911 Census lists Slevin family 1911 census lists John as age 12 living with the family at house 11 in Mill Street, Fintona
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
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