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25518   Private Michael Irwin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/09/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 23/06/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
Michael Irwin was born in Benburb, County Tyrone. Michael Irwin was living in Hexham-on-Tyne, England when he travelled to Finner Camp, County Donegal to enlist. Private Michael Irwin was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the Somme when he was killed in action on 23rd June 1916. Private Michael Irwin is commemorated in Hexham.
Further Information
Michael Irwin was born in Benburb, County Tyrone.
Michael Irwin was living in Hexham-on-Tyne, England when he travelled to Finner Camp, County Donegal to enlist.
Private Michael Irwin was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the Somme when he was killed in action on 23rd June 1916.
109 Brigade, 36 (Ulster) Division. From the Divisional History, the Brigade spent 22nd and 23rd June taking up its assault positions in the right section of Thiepval Wood.
"These troops had a purgatory to endure. For the most part in the narrow slit assembly trenches, with the rain pouring steadily down on them, they were under furious German bombardments that wreathed the wood in smoke and flame, and made the crashing of great trees the accompaniment to the roar of bursting shells."
Private Michael Irwin is commemorated on a plaque in the Priory and Parish Church of St. Andrew, Market Place, Hexham. Private Irwin is also commemorated on Hexham War Memorial Cross.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Benburb Benburb born Benburb 54.412038 -6.746993
References and Links
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1 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private Michael Irwin's gravestone
2 Church of St Andrew, Market Place, Hexham Michael Irwin listed on memorial. Includes images
3 Forum discussion Short forum discussion on Michael Irwin
4 Hexham Courant Newspaper Supplement Michael Irwin listed as age 28, living Haugh Lane, Hexham
5 St Wilfrid's War Memorial Cross, Hexham Michael Irwin listed on memorial. Includes images
6 St Wilfrid's War Memorial Cross, Hexham Michael Irwin listed on memorial
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Michael Irwin's gravestone can be purchased here
8 War Memorial Hospital, Eastgate Michael Irwin listed on memorial.
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