Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
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Location
Region : Thiepval, Somme, France
Latitude : 50.050612
Lontitude : 2.685553
CWGC Link : 80800
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.

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Dungannon Casualties
No     Rank Name Service No Regiment / Service Date Of Death Grave Ref
1 Pte. Allen, William James 20531 Royal Irish Fusiliers 07/01/1916 Face 15A
2 Pte. Anderson, Robert 14744 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
3 R/man Anderson, Robert 16153 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Face 15A-15B
4 Portrait Pte. Best, William 11182 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
5 L/Corp Burrows, George 17838 Royal Irish Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
6 Pte. Carson, William 17523 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
7 Pte. Carson, Robert 17524 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
8 Portrait Portrait 2nd Lt Carson, William John White Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Face 15A-15B
9 Pte. Corr, Ernest 13503 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
10 Pte. Coulter, Robert 14250 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
11 Pte. Crorken, Thomas 25051 Royal Irish Fusiliers 15/03/1918 Face 15A
12 Portrait Pte. Cumberland, James 11554 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
13 Portrait Pte. Cumberland, John 11553 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
14 Pte. Dilworth, George 17526 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
15 Portrait Pte. Donaldson, John 3853 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 23/11/1916 Face 4D-5B
16 Pte. Duke, William 11482 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
17 Pte. Farr, George 11193 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
18 Portrait Portrait R/man Fulton, Robert 1157 Royal Irish Rifles 02/07/1916 Face 15A-B
19 L/Corp Gault, Thomas 13658 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
20 Pte. Gibson, Frederick James 20152 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
21 Pte. Harbinson, William 11200 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
22 Portrait Portrait Lieut Harper, Edgar Henry South Staffordshire Regiment 10/07/1916 Face 7B
23 R/man Hoey, George 5369 Royal Irish Rifles 23/10/1916 Face 15A-15B
24 Pte. Holland, Joshua 20780 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
25 Pte. Irwin, Robert 16877 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
26 Portrait 2nd Lt Johnston, John Edwin South Staffordshire Regiment 10/07/1916 Face 7B
27 Pte. Johnstone, William Henry 17985 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 27/01/1917 Face 4D-5B
28 Pte. Jordan, Robert Alexander 20356 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
29 Pte. Keightley, Absalom 22841 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
30 Pte. Kelly, Francis 5382 Royal Munster Fusiliers 09/09/1916 Face 16C
31 Portrait Pte. Lambe, Samuel 11911 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
32 Pte. Lavelle, Edward 26672 Lancashire Fusiliers 24/07/1916 Face 3C-3D
33 Sapper Lewis, William J 64673 Royal Engineers 01/07/1916 Face 8A-8D
34 Portrait Pte. Marshall, Charles Frederick 3936 Royal Munster Fusiliers 09/09/1916 Face 16c
35 Pte. Marshall, George 13551 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
36 Pte. Massey, Archibald 13558 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
37 Pte. McAtee, John Kernaghan 13602 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
38 Pte. McDowell, Irvine 13544 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
39 Corp McLaren, James 10888 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
40 Portrait Portrait Pte. McMaster, Joseph 27755 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
41 L/Corp McMenemy, William 19349 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
42 Portrait Pte. McMullen, Samuel 17625 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
43 Corp McParland, Francis 5907 Royal Irish Fusiliers 09/09/1916 Face 15A
44 Portrait Pte. Montgomery, Thomas 18619 Machine Gun Corps 01/07/1916 Face 5C-12C
45 Portrait R/man Moore, Frederick William 412 Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Face 15A-15B
46 Pte. Moore, Thomas 20537 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 09/09/1916 Face 4D-5B
47 Pte. Morrow, George 17242 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
48 Pte. Murphy, Edward 11269 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
49 Pte. Murphy, Joseph James 23877 Kings Liverpool Regiment 03/07/1916 Face 1D, 8B -8C
50 Pte. Murtagh, James 27177 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 27/01/1917 Face 4D-5B
51 Pte. O'Neill, Charles 4427 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
52 Pte. Orr, William James 11906 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
53 Portrait Sgt. Porter, Joseph 22850 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 06/09/1916 Face 4D-5B
54 Portrait Corp Quinn M.M., Joseph 27242 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 06/09/1916 Face 4D-5B
55 Pte. Rafferty, Joseph 27368 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 09/09/1916 Face 4D-5B
56 Pte. Scott, Joseph 19601 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
57 Pte. Skiffington, Alexander 3790 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
58 L/Corp Smith, Samuel 11222 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
59 Portrait Pte. Stewart, James 22930 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
60 Pte. Strain, Henry 20787 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
61 Pte. Stratton, William James 16132 Royal Irish Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
62 Portrait Pte. Watt, Alexander 101 6th Innishkilling Dragoons 03/07/1916 Pier/Face 1A
63 Pte. Watt, Joseph 17866 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
64 Pte. White, Alexander 17592 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
65 Pte. Whitley, William John 10921 Royal Irish Fusiliers 12/10/1916 Face 15A
66 Pte. Williamson, Thomas 13703 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
67 Pte. Wilson, Robert John 20268 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
68 Pte. Woods, Patrick 27819 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 01/07/1916 Face 4D-5B
69 Portrait 2nd Lt Wright, Matthew John Royal Irish Rifles 01/07/1916 Face 15A
Cemetery History
On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance.
Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained.
At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter.
In the spring of 1917, the German forces fell back to their newly prepared defences, the Hindenburg Line, and there were no further significant engagements in the Somme sector until the Germans mounted their major offensive in March 1918.
The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.
The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.
The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 1 August 1932 (originally scheduled for 16 May but due to the death of French President Doumer the ceremony was postponed until August). The dead of other Commonwealth countries, who died on the Somme and have no known graves, are commemorated on national memorials elsewhere.