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G/20837   Private Samuel Welton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 29/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Summary      
Samuel Welton was the son of Robert and Mary Jane Welton. Samuel was born in County Tyrone about 1892. The 1901 census lists Samuel Welton as age 9 living with the family at house 7 in Kilnaslee, Altmore, County Tyrone. Samuel was the youngest of three sons listed. His father, Robert Welton, was a farmer. By 1911 Samuel was working for and living with the Collins family in Market Square, who owned a grocer store. Samuel Welton enlisted in Belfast. Private Samuel Welton was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 29th March 1918 in France and Flanders. He was 25 years old.
Further Information
Samuel Welton was the son of Robert and Mary Jane Welton. Samuel was born in County Tyrone about 1892.
The 1901 census lists Samuel Welton as age 9 living with the family at house 7 in Kilnaslee, Altmore, County Tyrone. Samuel was the youngest of three sons listed. His father, Robert Welton, was a farmer.
By the time of the 1911 census Samuel was 18 years old. He no longer lived with the family. He was working for and living with the Collins family in Market Square, who owned a grocer store.
Samuel was a member of Kilnaslee LO.L. No 364 and Dungannon Temperance R.B.P. No 523.
Samuel Welton enlisted in Belfast.
Private Samuel Welton was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 29th March 1918 in France and Flanders. He was 25 years old.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 2 May 1918:
Private Samuel Welton, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action was a son of Mr Robert Welton, Kilnaslee, Donaghmore, and a member of Kilnaslee LO.L. No 364 and Dungannon Temperance R.B.P. No 523. He was formerly in the employment of Mr Collins who carried on business in Market Square, Dungannon.
Private Samuel Welton is buried in Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette in the Somme region.
In January, February and March 1918, the 61st (South Midland) Casualty Clearing Station was posted at Ham, but on the 23rd March the Germans, in their advance towards Amiens, crossed the Somme at Ham, and the town remained in German hands until the French First Army re-entered it on the following 6th September.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Market Square (East) (No 18) Dungannon Central Census listing in Market Square (East) 54.504312 -6.769267
2 Kilnaslee Altmore Census listing in Kilnaslee 54.531044 -6.856842
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1 1901 Census lists Welton family Lists Samuel Welton as age 9 living with the family at house 7 in Kilnaslee, Altmore, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Samuel Welton Lists Samuel Welton as age 18 living with the Collins family at house 18 in Market Square (East Side), Dungannon
3 1911 Census lists Welton family Does not list Samuel as living with the family at house 9 in Kilnaslee, Altmore, Tyrone
4 UK National Archives Medal Card of Private Samuel Welton can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Samuel Welton's gravestone can be purchased here
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