Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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17/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry And side by side the climbed the Heavenly ways.'
17/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry My son, I need thee for a nobler life than this.
17/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry He gently called to him
17/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry 'And when God saw his work below was done,
17/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry HENRY – Flying Officer A A Henry (Alex), previously reported missing from air operations, now reported to have lost his life, second eldest son of Robert J and Elizabeth E Henry, Montober, Cookstown.
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17/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th December 1944:
16/07/2020 Sgt. Edward Colhoun McLaughlin It was with deep sorrow that we learnt of the death of Sergeant Edward McLaughlin, Royal Air Force. He had completed nearly thirty operations over enemy country. His modesty, courage and devotion to duty wer admired by all of us. We send to his parents and sisters our deepest sympathy.
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16/07/2020 Sgt. Edward Colhoun McLaughlin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th November 1944:
16/07/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers Ever remembered by his loving father, mother, brother and sister, Main Street, Coagh.
16/07/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers To think he is no more.’
16/07/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers It makes our hearts overflow with grief,
16/07/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers And oh we miss him sore;
16/07/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers ‘His stay with us on earth was short,
16/07/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers JEFFERS – In loving memory of our dear son, Fusilier Alexander Jeffers, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action in the Central Mediterranean on 3rd November 1943, and was buried in Sangro River Cemetery, Italy.
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16/07/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th November 1944:
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson Edward Carson had another brother, born about 1924, who served in the Royal Army Service Corps. He survived the war.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson It was not until October 1944 that official news of his death was received from the Admiralty that Edward Henry Sidney Carson had lost his life on H.M. Submarine Usurper.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson Edward Carson was serving on H.M. Submarine Usurper as a Telegraphist.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson In October 1943 he was based in Algiers when his parents received information that he was missing.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson Later in 1942, he was off the coast of Norway.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson From there he went to a submarine sailing depot.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson On his return he was attached to the wireless station in Londonderry.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson Edward was on board H.M. Aircraft Carrier Illustrious when she sailed to America.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson Edward Carson joined the Royal Navy about 1938.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson William Carson was a constable in the local police, based in Ballyronan.
16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson Constable Carson, of Ballyronan, has received official information from the Admiralty that his son, Edward Henry Sidney Carson, had lost his life on H.M. Submarine Usurper. A young man of twenty years of age, he joined the Navy six years ago, and was on H.M. Aircraft Carrier Illustrious when she sailed to America. On his return he was attached to the wireless station in Londonderry. From there he went to a submarine sailing depot, and later, in 1942, he was off the coast of Norway. His last port of call was Algiers, and in October 1943, his parents received information that he was missing. It was not until a few weeks ago that official news of his death was received. Constable Carson has another son, aged 20 years, serving in the Royal Army Service Corps.
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16/07/2020 Telegraphist Edward Henry Sidney Carson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th October 1944: Ballyronan
15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell The CWGC record Corporal Patrick Bell as the son of James and Helen Bell. He is also recorded as the husband of Elizabeth Bell of Carlisle.
15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell Corporal Patrick is buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, near Rimini in Italy. His inscription reads: HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE. GOD REST HIS SOUL. LOVING WIFE, SON, FATHER & MOTHER-IN-LAW.
15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell He had sisters and brothers who lived in Drumullan and Cookstown.
15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell Patrick was married to Elizabeth Bell. They had a son. They lived in Carlisle.
15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell Corporal Patrick William Bell was serving with the 16th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry when he was killed in action on 27th September 1944. He was 36 years old.
15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell Patrick William Bell was the aon of James and Helen Bell. He was born about 1908.
15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell BELL - September 1944, killed in action in Egypt, Corporal Patrick William Bell. Deeply regretted by his wife and son, Carlisle, England; also sisters and brothers, Drumullan and Cookstown.
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15/07/2020 Corp Patrick Bell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th October 1944: Roll of Honour – Killed in Action
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15/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Patricia is buried across the road from St Patrick’s Primary School, Mullinahoe, which she used to attend.
15/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Patricia’s father, Patrick Wylie, died on 22nd October 1957, aged 59. Her mother, Mary Wylie, died on 1st April 1988, aged 84.
15/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Patricia Wylie is buried in Ardboe Roman Catholic Parish Church Cemetery, known officially as St Patrick’s Churchyard, Mullinahoe.
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14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie In August 1943, the Cluntoe airfield was transferred to United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and was called USAAF Station 238. It was used to train Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crews with additional Consolidated B-24 Liberators being added during February 1944. During March 1944 it was designated No. 2 CCRC and was closed during November 1944. Afterwards it was transferred back to the RAF and was closed during June 1945.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie This was a blot on the parish of Ardboe that would take a good deal to efface. This little girl had become a sacrifice for the good of the parish. They offered from their full hearts their sincere sympathy to the relatives of one who did not know the meaning of sin. They must pray for the family that had been left behind, for few families would be asked to bear a cross as heavy as theirs.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie On an occasion like that, when the parish has lost a member in such horrifying circumstances, their hearts were full and went out sincerely to the parents. The whole parish had been shocked to the innermost core at a death so cruel and horrible. There was no man, be he of their religion or of none, who did not feel in this deed a blow at their manhood, a reproach that he was a man.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Rev Father Regan, addressing the congregation in the church, said he would not be doing his duty if, on behalf of the parish, he did not sympathise with the relatives of this girl. Priests were familiar with death in all shapes – people who died from lingering illness and those whose death left great sorrow behind – but the circumstances surrounding the death of this little girl were of a different character.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie There were touching scenes when the burial of the victim took place in the graveyard of St Patrick’s Church Mullinahoe on Wednesday (27th September 1944). Hundreds of people from the surrounding areas flocked to attend Requiem Mass, which was celebrated by Rev J P Regan, C.C., of Ardboe. Hard by the church, the school in which the little girl had been a pupil was closed as a mark of respect and more than 100 children attended the mass. A U.S Army colonel, other officers, an Army chaplain, and a large detachment of American soldiers occupied seats at the rear of the church, while others sat in the gallery. The white flower bedecked coffin, which had been taken to the church on Tuesday evening, rested on a catafalque before the altar, and after the service was carried on the shoulders of the children’s father and three uncles. The wreaths included one from the Commanding Officer of a U.S. Army Camp and all ranks, and another from the pupils of Albany P.E. School. The chief mourners were the father, and Messrs William John, Henry, James and Hugh Wylie (uncles).
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14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The coroner, addressing Mr Wylie, said:- ‘We all feel very deeply for you,. In expressing our disgust at this terrible tragedy, I think I am right in saying that although we feel it deeply, the Americans feel it even more so. I can only extend to you our sympathy, and hope that providence will help you, your wife and family to bear the burden which has been so suddenly thrust upon you. May God bless you.‘
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie District Inspector Tease, of Cookstown, said that they all felt very much for the parents. A U.S. Army Major, on behalf of the American personnel, said he wished to express their heartfelt sympathy. ‘I wish to state this will not go unpunished’, he added.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Mr Thomas Ferguson, J.P., of Albany, foreman of the jury, said he wished on behalf of his fellow jurors, to extend their deepest sympathy to Mr and Mrs Wylie and other members of the family on their most distressing loss.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Mr Patrick Wylie, the girl’s father, was a pathetic figure as he gave evidence of identification. Twice he broke down in answering questions. He said he had last seen his daughter alive at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Dr J A L Johnston of Derry, state pathologist, gave evidence of crrying out a post mortem earlier in the evening. In his opinion, death was due to asphyxia caused by strangulation. There was evidence of violation, and there was a good deal of bruising on various parts of the head and neck, particularly the neck.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The inquiry was held in Carnan Hibernian Hall. The setting was an eerie one. The hall was lighted by oil lamps. Fourteen grim-faced jurymen, American officers and police sat on forms drawer, up in a square in a corner of the room, the sheet draped body of the little victim resting on a table at the other end of the room.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The inquest was opened on Tuesday evening (26th September 1944) by Dr A M Elliott, J.P., and a jury, of Mr Thomas Ferguson, J.P., of Albany (Tyrone), was foreman. After evidence of identification and medical testimony, the inquest was adjourned indefinitely.
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14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie District Inspector Kennedy, fingerprint expert, and detectives from Belfast C.I.D., under the direction of District Inspector Tease, and U.S. military police were busy on Tuesday carrying out exhaustive enquiries in the neighbourhood, about 5am on Tuesday, a soldier was detained by police. The body was lying near several haystacks in a field, a short distance from a rough earth track. It was loosely covered with hay, and the basket which the murdered girl had taken with her was lying near the scene. The police had the body removed to Carnan Hibernian Hall. Her face was covered with blood and there were bruises on each side of her throat, and the doctors agreed she had been violated and strangled.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie ‘The four of us’, he said, ‘had been searching for about half an hour, it was a very dark night and we had to use torches, we went inot a field were there about four ricks of hay. We searched around the stacks. One of the others began to pull the hay back and I saw the girl lying face downwards. Her face was covered with blood, her left eye was stolen, and she was half nude.’
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Meantime the search parties were scouring the country to find the missing child. One such party, consisting Michael Dornan, Peter Dornan Junior, and Bernard Hagan, all of Carnan, and Daniel Montague, came on the body of the little girl half naked at a hay rick in a field about a half mile from her home. Michael Dornan, a youth of 19, describing the scene, told the reporter how he made the discovery.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie At the same time, the District Inspector put the machinery of the law into operation, so that soon almost every police barracks in Northern Ireland was on the look-out for a soldier whose name and description was given.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie It appears that on Monday afternoon, the child went into a country shop, accompanied by a young U.S. soldier, to buy a mineral. As she did not return, her mother became uneasy, and her father, who had been down at the lough, was told when he came in, about 7pm, and after looking for her in vain around the house, decided to phone the Coagh police. Sergeant Partridge reported the matter to Cookstown. And district Inspector Tease, with Head Constable Close and some constables, promptly proceeded to Killycolpy as it waa beginning to get dark and organised search parties,
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie A horrible murder was perpetrated on Monday night at Killycolpy, some nine miles from Cookstown, on the Lough Shore, when a seven and a half year old child was brutally murdered. She was Patricia Wylie, daughter of Mr Patrick Wylie, a loughshore fisherman, who owned a small farm on which he lives with his waife and four children, the eldest of which was only 13 years old.
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14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th September 1944: East Tyrone Tragedy – Little Girl Murdered
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie In 1949, the bodies of the men executed at Shepton Mallet were reburied in Plot E at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in France. Plot E is a private section intended for the "dishonoured dead" and is situated across the road from the main cemetery.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie After the execution Harrison’s body was initially interred at Brookwood Cemetery, near to Woking in Surrey.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie On 7tnh April 1945, Harrison was hanged at Shepton Mallet prison in Somerset, England. He was one of only 17/18 American servicemen hanged for rape or murder while serving in Great Britain during World War Two.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The killer was then whisked away and it was not widely known what happened to him.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The members of the court returned their verdict after only half an hour of deliberation. Harrison was found him guilty of rape and murder. The US Army Air Force private admitted his guilt. His defence of diminished responsibility due to being drunk and suffering a traumatic childhood fell on deaf ears. Harrison sat calmly in a hushed but tense courthouse.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie A US Army Medical Officer assessed Harrison and found him sane and able to distinguish right and wrong.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie During the court martial, Harrison admitted murdering the young child, but said he didn't know why.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie His legal team of Lieutenant Ted Kadin claimed that Harrison possessed insufficient moral awareness. They claimed the GI did not understand the nature of the offence and could not tell right from wrong.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie William Harrison’s murder trial took place on 18th November 1944. The General Court Martial took place in Cookstown.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Police arrested Harrison (newspaper)
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie One witness, Hugh McKenna, later related that he was delivering to Dorman’s pub when the Jeep with the child’s body on back stopped.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie After an extensive search, the party discovered her body in a field half a mile from her home, semi-naked and covered in hay.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Passing Sadie Wylie on the way into town, Harrison and Patricia took a shortcut through the fields. They never reached the shop. William Harrison led Patricia Wylie into the fields where he raped and then strangled her.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Harrison asked to take seven and a half year old Patricia to the local shop on the pretext of buying a thank you gift for her parents.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie On arriving at Patrick Wylie’s farm at around 1700hrs, Harrison was drunk. Harrison owed 3d 10s to Patricia’s father but he was out on a fishing trip.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Harrison had being drinking for several days. During the day he had consumed 15 beers, a small gin with each, and 2 port wines in Dorman’s Bar.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Harrison had become friends with the Wylie family. He had visited them in their small rural cottage near Killycolpy, eating meals there over the previous year. He also drank with Patrick in the local pub.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Harrison was stationed at Cluntoe Airfield in Ardboe, County Tyrone.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie His military record listed five prior Court Martials for being absent without leave or under the influence of alcohol. In England and Northern Ireland, he found himself drinking even more and in 1943 had spent six weeks in a hospital with amnesia.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie William Harrison was a 22 year old private in the United States Army Air Corps from Ironton, on the banks of the Ohio River to a mother of only 14-years-old. William Harrison was white.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie On 25th September 1944, William Harrison raped and killed seven-year-old Patricia Wylie.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The Wylies were a farming family that lived in Killycolpy village, midway between Stewartstown and Ardboe.
14/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie Patricia Wylie was the daughter of Patrick and Mary Wylie. She was born about 1937, one of four children.
13/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie The trial by General Court-Martial of Private William Harrison Jnr, United States Army, on the charge of murdering the little girl, Patricia Wylie, near Cookstown, will open in Cookstown Courthouse on Monday 8th November. The trial, which will be open, is expected to last two days.
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13/07/2020 Civilian Patricia Wylie From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th October 1944:
13/07/2020 Lieut Robert John Ochiltrie Stuart Second Lieutenant Viscount Stuart, 9th Lancers, who is reported to have died of wounds, was the eldest son of the Earl and Countess Stewart, Robert John Ochiltrie Stuart was born in December 1923 and was educated at Eton. His brother David, Viscount Stuart, was killed in action in the Middle East in November 1942, while serving with the 11th Hussars as second lieutenant; and the elder of the surviving brothers, Arthur Patrick, who was born in 1928, becomes heir to the earldom.
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13/07/2020 Lieut Robert John Ochiltrie Stuart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th October 1944:
13/07/2020 Lieut Robert John Ochiltrie Stuart STUART – In September 1944, died of wounds in Italy, Second Lieutenant Robert John Ochiltrie Viscount Stuart, 9th Lancers, eldest surviving son of the Earl and Countess Stewart.
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13/07/2020 Lieut Robert John Ochiltrie Stuart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th October 1944: Roll of Honour
13/07/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th September 1944: Reported Missing
13/07/2020 Pte. Thomas James (Tot) Barker BARKER – Reported missing 5th July 1944. Trooper Thomas James (Tot) Barker, S.A.S., youngest son of the late John Barker and Mrs Barker, Oldtown Street, Cookstown.
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13/07/2020 Gman Peter McCallan Peter McCallan enlisted in 1942.
13/07/2020 Gman Peter McCallan Sad news has reached Mr James McCallion, of Limehill, that his son, Private Peter F McCallion, has been killed in action in France. Peter joined up about two years ago. He was a very popular young man and the entire sympathy of the district is extended to his bereaved relatives.
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13/07/2020 Gman Peter McCallan From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd September 1944: Pomeroy
12/07/2020 Ord Sig Richard Curry His many friends in the district were glad to welcome homwe last week William J Curry and to congratulate him on having gained the rank of petty officer. This boy (second son of Mr and Mrs T Curry of Main Street, Coagh), joined the Navy in March1937 and has served all over the world, several of his former ships being now sunk by enemy action. His younger brother, Richard, who was also in the Royal Navy, gave his life for King and country when the Jervis Bay was lost in the last memorable fight which saved the convoy it was protecting.
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12/07/2020 Ord Sig Richard Curry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th August 1944: Coagh (William J Curry – brother of Richard Curry)
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher The CWGC record Private Dennis George Fletcher as the son of Mr and Mrs Edward Fletcher. He is also listed as the husband of Mary Fletcher of Moneymore, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Dennis’ brother was married to a sister of Mrs Fletcher. He too served in World War Two.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Private Dennis George Fletcher has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 13 of the Bayeux Memorial in Calvados, France.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher On D-Day the 2nd Devons landed immediately behind the 1st Hampshires and 1st Dorsets and then passed through to capture Ryes and an enemy coastal battery at Longues. In the Normandy campaign they fought at La Belle Epine (near Trungy), at Hottot, at Le Lion Vert and at Les Forges on the road to Conde sur Noireau. After the rapid advance across the Seine and through Belgium, they played a part in Operation Market Garden, fighting to consolidate the Eindhoven corridor through which XXX Corps would pass on their way to the bridges at Nijmegen and Arnhem.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Private Dennis George Fletcher was killed in action in France on 24th July 1944 in the fighting in northern France after the Normandy landings.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Private Dennis Fletcher served with C Company, part of the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Private Dennis George Fletcher was stationed in the Moneymore area and was well known to many in the district.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher He was married to Mrs Fletcher of Smith Street, Moneymore.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Dennis was born about 1917 in England.
12/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Dennis George Fletcher was the son of Edward and Mrs C Fletcher.
11/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher Mrs Fletcher, of Smith Street, Moneymore, has received intimation of the death in action in France of her husband, Private Dennis George Fletcher, who comes from England, was stationed in the neighbourhood and was well known to many in the district. Another brother is married to a sister of Mrs Fletcher, and at present is on active service. The deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs Fletcher on this grievous loss of a kindly husband and a very gallant soldier.
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11/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th August 1944:
11/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher FLETCHER – August 1944, killed in action in France, Dennis George, C Company, 2nd Devonshire Regiment, dearly loved husband of Mary Fletcher, Smith Street, Moneymore, and second son of the late Edward Fletcher and Mrs C Mills, 5 Farmington Rise, Northleach, Gloucestershire. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and all at home. ‘May he rest in peace.’
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11/07/2020 Pte. Dennis George Fletcher From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th August 1944: Roll of Honour – Killed in Action
11/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane Mr and Mrs T Crane, of 51 Magdola Street, Belfast, formerly of Cookstown, have received notification that their son, Sergeant Bombardier T Crane, Royal Air Force, is missing from air operations.
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11/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Crane From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 12th August 1944:
11/07/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart STEWART – In proud and loving memory of our darling Freddie, killed in action in July 1940. ‘No morning dawns or night returns, But we remember thee.’ Loving remembered by his dad, mum, brothers and sisters, 6 Louisville; also two brothers serving in the Forces.
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11/07/2020 A/man Frederick Stewart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 12th August 1944:
11/07/2020 1st Radio Samuel John Jackson Scott SCOTT – August 1940, lost at sea through enemy action, Samuel John Jackson, Chief Radio Officer, eldest son of William John and M V Scott, James Street, Cookstown. Deeply regretted.
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11/07/2020 1st Radio Samuel John Jackson Scott From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 12th August 1944: Roll of Honour
11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid ‘The Queen and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. We pray that your country’s gratitude for a life so nobly given in its service may bring you some measure of consolation. George, R.I.’
11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Mrs E Reid, of Coagh Street, Cookstown, whose youngest son, Private Gordon Reid, aged 19, was killed on active service in July, has received the following letter from Buckingham Palace:-
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11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 12th August 1944:
11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid I would like to add the most sincere sympathy, both of my battalion and of myself, to the many expressions of sympathy you must have received on your recent tragic loss. Your son died while serving his King and country such as few men have ever been able to serve it before. His was a real man’s death, and I feel sure he would have wished none other. The battalion has put up a splendid performance and the contribution of your son will most certainly never be forgotten. He has been buried in the 6th Airborne Division Cemetery at Ranville and a cross, made by his brother soldiers, has been erected over the grave. This will be replaced in due course with a more permanent cross by the War Graves Commission. If there is any further information you would like, or which you think I could give, please do not hesitate to write to me and ask for it.
11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid Mrs Reid, of Coagh Street, Cookstown, whose youngest son, Private Gordon Reid, of a parachute regiment, who has been killed in action, has received the following letter from the officer commanding the regiment. He writes:-
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11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th July 1944: The Late Private Gordon Reid
11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid REID – Killed in action in North West Europe in July 1944, Private Gordon Reid, son of Mrs E Reid, Coagh Street, Cookstown.
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11/07/2020 Pte. Gordon Reid From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd July 1944: Roll of Honour – Killed in Action
11/07/2020 Fus William J Harkness Will always be remembered by father, mother, brothers and sisters. Donaghrisk, Tullyhogue.
11/07/2020 Fus William J Harkness We only knew he passed away, and never said goodbye.’
11/07/2020 Fus William J Harkness ‘We never knew what pain he had, we did not see him die.
11/07/2020 Fus William J Harkness HARKNESS – In loving memory of William John Harkness, killed in action in Sicily, 10th July 1943.
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11/07/2020 Fus William J Harkness From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd July 1944:
11/07/2020 Fus Robert Gildea GILDEA – In loving memory of Robert Gildea, killed in action in Sicily, July 1943. Will always be remembered by his sister and brother-in-law. Maggie and George, Coolreaghs, Cookstown.
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11/07/2020 Fus Robert Gildea From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd July 1944: Roll of Honour
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09/07/2020 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn Wreaths were laid on the grave as follows:-
09/07/2020 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn The chief mourners were:- David Freeburn (father); David Freeburn, Thomas Freeburn and Andrew Freeburn (brothers); Thomas Freeburn, Charles Freeburn, Willie Howard, Alex Black, James Thompson and William Truesdale (uncles); Joseph Howard, David Freeburn, Thomas Freeburn, George Freeburn, Robert Freeburn, Baxter, Freeburn, alex Black, Alex Thompson, Willie Thompson and Freddie McKeown (cousins); Andrew Magee, Cecil Magee, Ernest Hunter, Tom Black, Robert Weir, Alex Thompson (senior) William McKinney, Samuel McKinney, Benny McKinney, David McKinney, Sam McKinney, Tommy McKinney, David McKinney, Joseph McKinney (relatives).
09/07/2020 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn On Saturday afternoon, 27th June, his remains were laid to rest in Cookstown Cemetery. The attendance at the funeral was very large, all creeds and classes being represented. Divine services in the home and at the graveside were conducted by Rev H C Conn, B.A., of Moneymore.
09/07/2020 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn The news of the death of Sergeant Freeburn (son of Mr and Mrs D Freeburn of Church Street, Cookstown), as the result of enemy action, has caused very sincere regret to his many friends in Cookstown and district. Of a bright and cheerful disposition, the deceased was held in the highest respect and esteem by all with whom he came in contact, whether in school, workshop or RAF. Now, having made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of freedom, his memory will remain with them as an incentive to do their duty, even though the cost be very high. Much sympathy goes out to his parents and brothers in their deep sorrow.
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09/07/2020 Sgt. Alexander Henry Freeburn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th July 1944: Navigator Sergeant A Freeburn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (R.A.F.V.R.)
09/07/2020 L/Corp Henry Greer GREER – June 1944, killed in action in North West Europe, Lance Corporal Henry Greer. Deeply regretted by his brother, James Greer, Tullyhogue, Cookstown.
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09/07/2020 L/Corp Henry Greer From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1st July 1944: Roll of Honour
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick Inserted by his sorrowing sister, brother-in-law, and family; also his brother serving overseas. Watterson, Urbal Road, Coagh.
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick Faithful to the last.’
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick There will be no parting there.
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick He is watching for our coming
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick In that upper garden fair;
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick With his Saviour he is waiting
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Ever remembered by his loving wife Annie and son Victor, serving somewhere in Italy.
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Where no farewell tears are shed.’
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Then in heaven I hope to meet him
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup When my days in life are fled
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Yet some day I hope to meet him
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Placed by strange but tender hands.
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup Where they laid my darling husband
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup To the grave in foreign lands
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup ‘Far and oft my thoughts do wander
08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup STIRRUP – In loving memory of my dear husband, George Stirrup, who died on 13th June 1943 in Germany, prisoner of war.
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08/07/2020 L/Corp George Stirrup From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th June 1944:
08/07/2020 Pte. William Nelson NELSON – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private W Nelson, Pioneer Corps, killed in action in June 1940. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and son. Elizabeth and Victor, Fountain Road, Cookstown.
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08/07/2020 Pte. William Nelson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th June 1944:
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick He served throughout the North African campaign.
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick William McCormick enlisted about 1940.
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick William’s brother, George McCormick, served with th army in World War Two. He survived the war.
08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick Intimation has been received by Mr Alex McCormick of Conyngham Street, Moneymore, of the death of his son, Fusilier William McCormick, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, in action ion the Italian campaign. Fusilier McCormick joined up four years ago and was on active service throughout the North African campaign. Later he was in the conflict in Italy and was engaged in the big push for Rome which started on 11th May. The sympathy of all is extended to the relatives of this gallant young soldier, who gave his life for King and country. His brother George is also serving in the army.
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08/07/2020 Fus William McCormick From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th June 1944: Moneymore
06/07/2020 Fus William McCormick McCORMICK – May 1944, killed in action in Italy, Fusilier William McCormick, beloved son of Mr Alexander McCormick, and the late Mrs McCormick, Conyngham Street, Moneymore.
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06/07/2020 Fus William McCormick From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th June 1944: Roll of Honour
06/07/2020 Fus William McCormick McCORMICK – May 1944, killed in action in Italy, Fusilier William McCormick, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, beloved son of Mr Alex McCormick, and the late Mrs McCormick, Conyngham Street, Moneymore. ‘He has fought the good fight.’ Deeply regretted by his sorrowing father and sister.
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06/07/2020 Fus William McCormick From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th June 1944:
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Ever remembered by his sister Margaret, Hawthorn Cottage, Stewartstown.
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks He shall walk with Him.’
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks In the holiness unsullied
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Nor the gold he dim
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks ‘He has gone where neither sin nor pain can enter
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks BLEEKS – In loving memory of my dear brother, W J Bleeks, killed in Skeabrae 20th June 1942.
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06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th June 1944:
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Remembered always by his father, mother, brother, and sister; also wife and two little children. Stewartstown and Portadown.
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Rest in silence in His will.’
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks We have naught to do but still
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks And since He hath ordered this
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks But the Lord doth not amiss
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks ‘Lord we love him, let him stay.’
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks Yes, with streaming tears should pray,
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks We should cry’ Oh spare this blow’
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks ‘Had God asked us, well we know
06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks BLEEKS - Fond memories of our dear son, Leading Aircraftsman W J Bleeks, killed at Skeabrae 20th June 1942
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06/07/2020 Lead Airc William James Bleeks From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th June 1944: In Memorial
06/07/2020 L/Corp George Rollins The Officers and Members of the above Lodge desire to tender their deepest sympathy to relatives of our esteemed Bro George Rollins, killed in action May 1944.
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06/07/2020 L/Corp George Rollins From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 10th June 1944: Roll of Honour – Killed in Action – Drumbonaway L.O.L. No. 214
06/07/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine Ever remembered by his mother, brothers and sisters, Doorless, Tullyhogue, Cookstown
06/07/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine Bringing many a silent tear.’
06/07/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine Loved, remembered, longed for always,
06/07/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine In our hearts he is always near;
06/07/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine ‘Not a day do we forget him,
06/07/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine IRVINE - In loving memory of my dear son Billy, Royal Air Force, killed in action 11th June 1940.
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06/07/2020 A/man William Charles Irvine From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 10th June 1944:
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran Ever remembered by his parents, brother and sister, Drapersfield.
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran Thoughts of him are always near.’
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran In the lonely hours of thinking
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran As it dawns another year
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran ‘Those who loved him sadly miss him
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran CURRAN – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Able Seaman Andrew Curran, Royal Navy, lost at sea on active service by enemy action, H.M.S. Glorious 9th June 1940.
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06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd June 1944:
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran CURRAN – treasured memories of my dear brother, lost at sea on active service, H.M.S. Glorious on 9th June 1940. ‘Love’s last gift – Remembrance.’ Always remembered by his sister and brother-in-law, 86 Coagh Street, Cookstown
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06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd June 1944:
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran Ever remembered by his loving sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Jim Millar, Lisnastrain, Lisburn.
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran Rests our loved one evermore.’
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran In the loving arms of Jesus
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran Anchored on the Golden Shore
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran ‘Sheltered by the Rock of Ages
06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran CURRAN – In loving memory of Andrew Curran, who was lost at sea on H.M.S. Glorious on 9th June 1940.
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06/07/2020 Ab Sea Andrew Curran From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd June 1944: In Memorial
06/07/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis Always remembered by his loving mother, sister and brothers. King’s Bridge, Cookstown.
06/07/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis Or brother by his words to hear.’
06/07/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis No sister near to shed a tear
06/07/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis Nor over him did a father bend
06/07/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis ‘No mother’s care did him attend
06/07/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis PURVIS – In loving memory of Fusilier V G Purvis, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was drowned by accident in Cornwall on 3rd June 1942, and was laid to rest in the Cemetery, Cookstown.
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06/07/2020 Fus Victor George Purvis From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd June 1944: Roll of Honour
04/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry HENRY – Flying Officer A A Henry (Alex), second eldest son of Robert J and Elizabeth E Henry, Montober, Cookstown.
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04/07/2020 Fly Off Andrew Alexander Henry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th May 1944: Reported Missing
04/07/2020 Flt. Sgt John Newell NEWELL - Loving memories of our dear son, Flight Sergeant John Newell, Royal Air Force, killed on 22nd May 1941 on operations, Middle East. Remembered always by Dad. Mum and Brothers. Drumcairne, Stewartstown and Ballygawley. ‘Oh! valiant heart, your memory hallowed by those you loved.’
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04/07/2020 Flt. Sgt John Newell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th May 1944:
03/07/2020 Fus Joseph Burns Always remembered by his mother, sisters and brothers, Morgan’s Hill, Cookstown.
03/07/2020 Fus Joseph Burns Never to part again.’
03/07/2020 Fus Joseph Burns To clasp his hand in that heavenly land,
03/07/2020 Fus Joseph Burns Someday, we know not when,
03/07/2020 Fus Joseph Burns ‘Someday we hope to meet again
03/07/2020 Fus Joseph Burns BURNS – In sad and loving memory of my dear son, Joseph Burns, Irish Fusiliers, killed in action May 1940.
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03/07/2020 Fus Joseph Burns From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th May 1944: In Memorial
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson Thomas William Watterson was married and lived with his wife in Old Earswick, York. They had one child.
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson Thomas was a member of Coagh Flute Band and Coagh Football Club, of which he was a great favourite.
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson The family lived at Urbal Road, Coagh
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson Thomas Watterson (senior) served in France with the Ulster Division and was wounded and taken prisoner on 1st July 1916.
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson Mr Thomas Watterson, of Urbal Road, Coagh, has just received information that his son, Sapper Thomas Willie Watterson, Royal Engineers, has died of wounds received in Italy. He is married and leaves a wife and one son in York, England. He was a member of Coagh Flute Band and Coagh Football Club, of which he was a great favourite. His father served in France with the Ulster Division and was wounded and taken prisoner on 1st July 1916.
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02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th April 1944: Coagh
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson Inserted by his sorrowing father and step-mother, Urbal, Coagh.
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson Now at peace with the Lord.’
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson He died that it might be finished.
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson WATTERSON – Sapper Thomas W Watterson of Old Earswick, York, formerly of Urbal Road, Coagh, died of wounds received in Italy.
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02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th April 1944: Roll of Honour
02/07/2020 Fus Samuel John Purvis Known family: George Purvis, Jane Purvis (nee McMaster), Samuel John Purvis born about 1919), George Purvis, Nell Purvis.
02/07/2020 Fus Samuel John Purvis PURVIS – Cherished memories of my dear son, Samuel John, who died as the result of enemy action in Malta on 25th April 1942. ‘Only asleep.’ Always remembered by his father, step-mother, brothers (George on active service in Malta) and sisters (Nell on Women's Auxiliary Air Force (W.A.A.F.)). Church Street, Cookstown.
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02/07/2020 Fus Samuel John Purvis From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th April 1944:
02/07/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw MEGAW - In affectionate remembrance of my dear son, Guardsman Thomas James Megaw, Irish Guards, killed in action. ‘Always in our thoughts.’ Sadly missed by his father and sister. Crossnarea, Moneymore.
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02/07/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th April 1944:
02/07/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw MEGAW - In loving memory of my dear husband, Guardsman Thomas James Megaw, Irish Guards, killed in action on 27th April 1943 and interred in Medjez-el Bab War Cemetery in Tunisia. ‘Worthy of everlasting remembrance.’ Always remembered by his loving wife and children, Moneymore.
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02/07/2020 Gman Thomas James Megaw From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th April 1944:
02/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson Sapper Thomas William Watterson was serving with the 102nd Field Company of the Royal Engineers when he died of wounds on 21st March 1944, aged 23.
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01/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson The quarterly meeting of Coagh District L.O.L. 10 was held in the Orange Hall on Wednesday week, Bro J McGarvey, W.D.M. , in the chair and brother William Nesbitt, District Secretary, in the vice-chair. There was a good attendance of members, all the local Lodges were represented. A vote of sympathy was passed to Bro M Robinson on the death of his daughter, and to Brothers Thomas and John Watterson, on the death of Bro Thomas W Watterson, Royal Engineers, killed in action in Italy.
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01/07/2020 Sapper Thomas William Watterson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th April 1944: Orange News – Coagh District L.O.L
01/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Nelson At the time of his death, his father was living at 92 Waterloo Road, Larne. His wife was living with her parents at 14 Waterloo Road, Larne.
01/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Nelson Sergeant Nelson’s Halifax was shot down on 20th February 1944 by a night-fighter and crashed near Beedenbostel, NNE of Lachendorf, Germany. Only George Barrett survived. George Barrett became a prisoner of war.
01/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Nelson Later he volunteered to fly with Bomber Command.
01/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Nelson Thomas Nelson joined the Royal Air Force in October 1938.
01/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Nelson His parents lived for a time at Church Street, Cookstown.
01/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Nelson News has been received through the International Red Cross that Sergeant Air Gunner Thomas Nelson, aged 23 years, reported missing since February, is now believed to have lost his life from operations over enemy territory. He is the elder son of Mr and the late Mrs Thomas Nelson of 92 Waterloo Road, Larne (formerly of Church Street, Cookstown). He joined the Royal Air Force in October 1938. Later he volunteered to fly with Bomber Command. His wife resides with her parents at 14 Waterloo Road, Larne.
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01/07/2020 Sgt. Thomas Nelson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th April 1944: Cookstown Airman Believed Dead
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell Ever remembered by his sorrowing brother and sister-in-law, nephew and niece. Duneane, Randalstown.
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell And whispers in the silence – ‘Death Cannot Divide’
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell Unknown to the world, he stands by our side
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell No tears of ours can fall on his grave
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell ‘Over there he sleeps with the brave
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell CAMPBELL – Accidentally killed on foreign service, April 1942, William Thomas Campbell, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th April 1944:
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell Ever remembered by his sorrowing mother, step-father, sisters and brother-in-law. Ballyronan.
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell Will be years of remembrance of you.’
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell We know that the years, be they many or few,
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell Our love and your memory never shall part
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell ‘Sweet is your memory nearest our heart
01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell CAMPBELL – Accidentally killed on foreign service, April 1942, William Thomas Campbell, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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01/07/2020 Fus William Thomas Campbell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th April 1944:
01/07/2020 Fus William Kelly His brother, David Kelly, also served in the war. He was captured and interned in Switzerland.
01/07/2020 Fus William Kelly He reenlisted in 1942.
01/07/2020 Fus William Kelly William was a pupil of Oldtown Boys School under Mr G Ramsay, J.P., and for six years he did not miss a single day of school.
01/07/2020 Fus William Kelly Mrs Hodgett, of Factory Square, Cookstown, has been informed by the War Office that her son, William Kelly, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, has been killed in action overseas. This young soldier was about 30 years of age. He ws a pupil of Oldtown Boys School under Mr G Ramsay, J.P., and for six years he did not miss a single day of school. He joined up about two years ago. His brother, David, also saw service in the present war, and is interned in Switzerland.
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01/07/2020 Fus William Kelly From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1st April 1944:
01/07/2020 Fus William Kelly After Fusilier Kelly’s death, the following letters sent to his mother, now Mrs Hodgett, at Factory Square, Cookstown.
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