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3585   Private James Speer
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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: 28
Summary      
James Speer was born in Carnteel, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone about 1887. The 1911 census records James as 24 years old. James was living with his brother and sister in Mill Street, Aughnacloy. The two brothers were working as general labourers. James Speer enlisted in Aughnacloy. James married Sarah Speer lived in Mill Street, Aughnacloy. Private James Speer was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 16th May 1915 aged 28. The CWGC refers to Private James Speers. Existing information almost certainly implies that Jamesí surname is Speer.
Private James Speer
Further Information
James Speer was born in Carnteel, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone about 1887.
The 1911 census records James as 24 years old. James was single at this time. He was living with his brother Joseph Speer (born about 1899) and his sister Lizzie Speer 16 (born about 1895) in Mill Street, Aughnacloy. The two brothers were working as general labourers.
James Speer enlisted in Aughnacloy.
James married Sarah Speer at some stage and they were living in Mill Street, Aughnacloy.
Private James Speer was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 16th May 1915 aged 28.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 22nd July 1915:
Private James Speer, No 3585, A Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskillings, is wounded and missing since May 10. No tidings has since been received by his wife who resides at Mill Street, Aughnacloy, and she would be thankful for any information concerning him.
The CWGC refers to Private James Speers. Existing information almost certainly implies that James' surname is Speer.
The CWGC records Private Speer as the husband of Sarah McDee (formerly Speers), of Mill St., Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, implying Sarah had remarried.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Mill Street, Aughnacloy Aughnacloy Census listing in Mill Street 54.412662 -6.975077
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1 1911 Census lists Speer family Lists James as age 24 living with the family at house 43 in Mill Street, Aughnacloy Urban, Tyrone
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