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H/6139   Lance Corporal William Andrew Fairbairn
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 05/06/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: "B" Squadron, 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars (British Army)
Died: 13/06/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
William Andrew Fairbairn was the son of Thomas and Margaret Fairbairn, of McKee's Terrace, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. He was born about 1892.Thomas was a butter and egg merchant. Lance Corporal William Andrew Fairbairn was serving with "B" Squadron, of the 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars when he was killed on 13th June 1915, aged 28.
Further Information
William Andrew Fairbairn was the son of Thomas and Margaret Fairbairn, of McKee's Terrace, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. He was born about 1892.Thomas was a butter and egg merchant. He was born in Kirkoswald, Cumberland.
Family :John Charles Fairbairn (born about 1887), Thomas Walker Fairbairn (born about 1890), William Andrew Fairbairn (born about 1892), Sara Edith Fairbairn (born about 1895), James Harrison Fairbairn (born about 1896), Fred Roberts Fairbairn (born about 1900).
The 1901 census records William Andrew as 9 years old. The family were living at house 1 in Ballygawley Road, Dungannon. They had 3 servants.
William Street, Dungannon
The 1910 Ulster Towns Directory lists Mrs. Fairbairn as an egg dealer at William Street, Dungannon.
By the time of the 1911 census William was not living with the family. The family seem to have split. His mother had changed religion and was now living at house 3 in Milford Street, Smithfield, Antrim.
Around 1911, William Fairbairn joined the Army. On the outbreak of hostilities William had been stationed in India, and was sent from there to the front.
Lance Corporal William Andrew Fairbairn was serving with "B" Squadron, of the 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars when he was killed on 13th June 1915, aged 28.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 23rd June 1915:
Mr John Fairbairn, Park Road, Dungannon, received an intimation from the squadron commander that his brother, Corporal William Fairbairn, 8th Hussars, had been killed by shell fire in Flanders. The deceased soldier was the third son of Mr Thomas Fairbairn, Dungannon and was 23 years of age.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 24th June 1915:
Lance Corporal William Fairbairn, 8th Hussars, who was killed in action in Flanders on the 13th June, was 23 years of age, and had six years' service. His mother resides along with his sisters and brothers at Milford Street, Belfast; another brother, Mr John Fairbairn, lining at Dungannon.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 24th June 1915
Mr J Fairbairn, Park Road, Dungannon, received an intimation from the adjutant on Monday that his brother, Corporal William Fairbairn, of the 8th Hussars, had been killed by shell fire in Flanders on Sunday, 13th inst. The deceased soldier was the third son of Mr Thomas Fairbairn, Dungannon and was 23 years of age. He had been four years in the army and on the outbreak of hostilities had been stationed in India, and was sent from there to the front. His mother resides in Belfast
William Andrew Fairbairn
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballygawley Road Dungannon Central Census listing in 1 Ballygawley Road 54.502894 -6.775221
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1 1901 Census lists Fairbairn family Lists William Andrew as age 9 at house 1 in Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, Tyrone
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory Fairbairn, Mrs., egg dealer, William Street, Dungannon
3 1911 Census lists Fairbairn family Does not list William Andrew at house 3 in Milford Street, Smithfield, Antrim
4 Find A Grave Photo of W. A Fairbairn's gravestone
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