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2354   Private Joseph Henry
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
Joseph Henry was the son of John and Mary Henry. Joseph was born in Dungannon about 1892. The family lived in Ballysaggart, Dungannon, County Tyrone. The family later moved to Belfast. Joseph enlisted in Belfast. Private Joseph Henry was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the 16th May 1915 at the Battle of Festubert. Private Henry’s medals include: 1914-1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. The medals came to light at a recent Memorabilia Roadshow in November 2013 in Dungannon Library.
Further Information
Joseph Henry was the son of John and Mary Henry. Joseph was born in Dungannon about 1892.
The 1901 census lists Joseph as age 9 living with the family at house 25 in Ballysaggart, Derrygortrevy, Dungannon, County Tyrone. Joseph was still at school. His father was a Flax Dresser, as was his two older brothers John and James.
The 1911 census records Joseph as age 17 living with the family at house 8 in Clare Terrace, Derrygortrevy, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Joseph was now working as a Shop Labourer.
Family : John Henry, Mary Henry, John Henry (born about 1880), James Henry (born about 1882), Mary Agnes Henry (born about 1884), Daniel Henry (born about 1888), Joseph Henry (born about 1892), Maggie Henry (born about 1895), Hugh Patrick Henry (born about 1898).
The family moved to Belfast. The 1915 Belfast St directory lists his father John Henry as a flax dresser living at no 5 Spinner Street.
Joseph enlisted in Belfast where he was now living.
Private Joseph Henry was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the 16th May 1915. He was 23 years old.
This ties in perfectly with the second day of the Battle of Festubert (15th -17th May 1915) at Second Ypres. The first day had seen horrific losses but the second and third days added to the casualties without any substantial gain whatsoever. During the battle the 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers some 19 officers and 630 other ranks became casualties.
Private Joseph Henry has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.
The CWGC record Joseph as the son of John and Mary Henry, of 5, Spinner Street, Falls Road, Belfast. Born at Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
Private Henry's medals include: 1914-1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. The medals came to light at a recent Memorabilia Roadshow in November 2013 in Dungannon Library.
Joseph's brother James also served and survived the War. More information on James Henry is available on request.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballysaggart (No 25) Dungannon Town South Census listing in Ballysaggart 54.499867 -6.77668
2 Clare Terrace, Derrygortrevy Dungannon Town South Census listing in Clare Terrace, Derrygortrevy 54.500228 -6.776083
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1 1901 Census lists Henry family Lists Joseph as age 9 living with the family at house 25 in Ballysaggart, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Henry family Lists Joseph as age 17 living with the family at house 8 in Clare Terrace, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
3 Great War Forum discussion Mentions The Henry family living at 5 Spinner St, Belfast
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