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27452   Private Charles Harkin
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Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/10/1896
Died: 22/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Summary      
Charles Harkin was the eldest son of Philip and Susanna Harkin. He was born 7th October 1896 in the Moy area. He was one of five children. His father was an agricultural labourer. The family lived in the Moy / Charlemont area. Private Charles Harkin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. In his will, Charles left all to his mother Susanna Harkin, who was living in Stangmore, Dungannon.
Further Information
Charles Harkin was the eldest son of Philip and Susanna Harkin. Philip Harkin and Susannah Murtagh were married on 10th October 1894 in the district of Armagh.
Charles was born 7th October 1896 in the Moy area. He was the third of five children.
The 1901 census records five year old Charles living with the family at house 31 in Charlemont, Armagh. His father was an agricultural labourer.
Family: Philip Harkin, Susanna Harkin, Mary Harkin (born 31st July 1895), Charles Harkin (born 7th October 1896), Susanna Harkin (born 12th April 1898), Philip Harkin (born 18th August 1903), James D Harkin (born 16th February 1908).
The 1911 census lists Charles as 14 years old, living with the family in Charlemont Town. Charles father Philip was working as a ‘lighter man’.
Charles Harkin enlisted in Dungannon.
Private Charles Harkin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive.
In his will, Charles left all to his mother Susanna Harkin, who was living in Stangmore, Dungannon.
Last Will and Testament of Private Charles Harkin:
In the event of my death, I leave all my money to my credit and personal belongings to my mother, Mrs Susan Harkin, Stangmore, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland. Charles Harkin. 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Private Charles Harkin has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 38 to 40 on Pozieres Memorial in France.
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers' Pozieres Panel
Private Charles Harkin is also commemorated on Moy War Memorial.
There is a Private Charles Hoskin of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on Dungannon War Memorial. This is believed to be a spelling error and is in fact Private Charles Harkin.
The CWGC record Private Charles Harkin as the son of Philip Harkin of Moy, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Charlemont Moy Census listing in Charlemont 54.442745 -6.686003
2 Stangmore Killyman Will lists mother in Stangmore 54.482486 -6.739308
References and Links
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1 1901 census lists "Harken" family Lists "Charlis" as age 5 at house 31 in Charlemont, Charlemont, Armagh
2 1911 census lists Harkin family Lists Charles as age 14 at house 32 in Charlemont Town, Armagh
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Charles Harkin
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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