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   Captain John Bailey Tackaberry
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 28/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 83rd Combined Stat. Hosp., Indian Medical Service (Indian Unknown)
Died: 25/03/1917 (Died of Illness)
Age: 35
Summary      
John Bailey Tackaberry was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Tackaberry. John was born in early 1883 in Dungannon, County Tyrone. His father was master of the local workhouse. John attended the Royal School Dungannon between 1894 and 1900. John Tackaberry went on to study at Trinity College, Dublin. He was further educated at Middlesex Hospital. He enlisted in the Indian Army as Lieutenant on July 30th 1910. John married Alice Jane Harrhy in London in 1911. They had one child. By the time war broke out, Captain Tackaberry had served in both India and China. In 1914 Captain Tackaberry was serving as the medical officer with the 31st Punjabi Regiment when he died from cerebra-spinal meningitis in 83 Stationary Hospital, Nasiryah on 25th March 1917. Captain Tackaberry is buried in Basra War Cemetery in southern Iraq.
Captain John Bailey Tackaberry
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John Bailey Tackaberry was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Tackaberry. John was born in early 1883 in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
The 1901 census reveals his father was master of the local workhouse. His mother was the matron. John B. was 18 years old and described as a scholar. The family lived in Drumcoo, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone which is between Dungannon and Edendork.
John attended the Royal School Dungannon between 1894 and 1900. He was a keen sportsman and played for the school's rugby team during the 1898-1900 seasons.
He was further educated at Middlesex Hospital and took the degrees of M.B. and B.S. London and also the diploma of L.M.S.S.A.
His older brother Thomas Tackaberry was a teacher at the Royal School Dungannon for a time.
John Tackaberry went on to study at Trinity College, Dublin.
In 1909, after filling the posts of Casualty Medical Officer and of House Physician at Middlesex Hospital and of Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy in the Hospital Medical School, he enlisted in Indian Army as Lt. on July 30th 1910.
John Bailey Tackaberry married Alice Jane Harrhy at Holy Trinity Church on the Marylebone Road in London in 1911. They had one child.
By the time of the 1911 census, John's mother had died. His father was still master of the local workhouse.
John Bailey Tackaberry was promoted to Captain on July 30th 1913.
By the time war broke out, Captain Tackaberry had served in both India and China.
In 1914 Captain Tackaberry was serving and the medical officer with the 31st Punjabi Regiment. In late 15 he went with that regiment, as part of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force to the Middle East.
Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, M.B.B.S. (London) Indian Medical Service, Indian Army died from cerebra-spinal meningitis in 83 Stationary Hospital, Nasiryah - a hospital on the Mesopotamian Front, on 25th March 1917.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 3rd May 1917:
Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, Indian Medical Service, reported by the Indian Office to have died of cerebro-spinal fever in Mesopotamia on 25th March, was the second son of the late Mr T Tackaberry, a former Dungannon Workhouse master. He was educated at Dungannon Royal School, and Trinity College, Dublin. He went to Mesopotamia with the Indian Expeditionary Force at the end of 1915. He leaves a widow and one child, the former being now engaged in voluntary nursing work in St Johnís Hospital, Sevenoaks.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 10 May 1917
Tackaberry Ė March 25, 1917, in 83 Stationary Hospital, Nasiryah, Mesopotamia, of cerebra-spinal fever, Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, M.B, B.S., Indian Medical Service, second son of the late Thomas Tackaberry, Workhouse Master, Dungannon.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 10 May 1917
A telegram has been received from the India Office intimating that Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, M.B., B.S., Indian Medical Service, died of cerebro-spinal fever in Mesopotamia on 25th March 1917. He was the second son of the late Mr T Tackaberry, a former Dungannon Workhouse Master, and a cousin of Messrs W J and N Roberts, and of Mrs Grimason, Market Square, Dungannon. He was educated at Dungannon Royal School, and afterwards entered Trinity College, Dublin, where he had a distinguished career. Adopting the medical profession, he received his training in the Middlesex Hospital, London, and obtained a commission in the Indian Medical Service in 1911, winning a high place in the examination. He subsequently served in India and China and was promoted Captain in 1913. He went out with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force at the end of 1915, being attached to a Punjabi Regiment. He leaves a widow and young child, the former being now engaged in voluntary nursing work in St John's Hospital, Sevenoaks. His brother Mr T B Tackaberry, B.A., a former classical teacher in Dungannon Royal School and other centres, appears in the list of 88 members of Bann Rowing Club, Coleraine, who are serving in various ranks.
Captain Tackaberry is buried in Basra War Cemetery in southern Iraq.
John was the second surviving son of the late Thomas Tackaberry of Tomagaddy, Ballycanew, Wexford.
The CWGC record Captain John Bailey Tackaberry as the son of Thomas and Mary Tackaberry, of Co. Tyrone, Ireland
The CWGC also record Captain John Bailey Tackaberry as the husband of Alice Tackaberry, of 6 Grafton Mansions, Brighton, England.
Many thanks to Paul Kerr and the Royal School Dungannon for his research and all the information provided.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Drumcoo, Derrygortreavy Dungannon Town North Census listing in Drumcoo 54.511864 -6.764213
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1 1901 Census lists Tackaberry family Lists John B as age 18 living with the family at house 54.1 in Drumcoo, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Tackaberry father Does not list John B as living with his father at house 22.3 in Drumcoo, Rural, Part of, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
3 Forum discussion Information on John B Tackaberry
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