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808209   Private William McCollum
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 05/09/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 50th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/01/1884
Died: 19/02/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 34
Summary      
William McCollum was the son of James and Martha McCollum. William was born on the 9th January 1884 in Clogher. The 1901 census shows Willie as 19 years old. He was a grocery assistant. The family was living at Clogher Tenements, Clogher. It is believed William emigrated to Canada in 1909. By 1916, William was living in Victoria B.C. He was working as a timekeeper. William McCollum enlisted on 18th January 1916 at Calgary. He gives his next of kin as his mother, Martha. He was not married. Private William McCollum was serving with the 50th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) when he died in France on 19th February 1918, age 36.
Further Information
William McCollum was the son of James and Martha McCollum. William was born on the 9th January 1884 in Clogher
The 1901 census shows Willie as 19 years old. He was a grocery assistant. The family was living at Clogher Tenements, Clogher.
Clogher Main Street
William served his apprenticeship in Mr James Morrow's grocery store in Clogher
It is believed William emigrated to Canada in 1909.
By 1916, William was living in Victoria B.C. He was working as a timekeeper.
William McCollum Attestation Paper - page 1
William McCollum Attestation Paper - page 2
William McCollum enlisted on 18th January 1916 at Calgary. He gives his next of kin as his mother, Martha. He was not married.
Private McCollum was wounded in the latter part of 1917 and was home in Tyrone on leave in January 1918.
Private William McCollum was serving with the 50th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) when he was killed in action in France on 19th February 1918, age 36.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private McCollum was killed in action on 19th February 1918. His unit were in trenches south west of Lens at the time.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 14 March 1918
Official intimation has been received by Mrs McCollum, Clogher, that her son Private William McCollum, of the Canadians, ad been killed in action on 19th February.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 21 March 1918: Clogher Soldier Killed in Action
On Sunday morning last Mrs McCollum, Clogher, received official intimation from the War Office that her son Private William McCollum, 50th Battalion, Canadians, had been killed in action on 19th February. The deceased was 36 years of age, served his apprenticeship in Mr James Morrow's grocery store in Clogher and afterwards emigrated to Canada where he enlisted in January 1916. He was wounded in the latter part of last year and was home on leave in January last. He was a general favourite and much sympathy is felt for his mother and brother, who is Assistant Station Master at Clogher.
Private W McCollum is buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Albain St. Nazaire, France.
William McCollum's brother was the Assistant Station Master at Clogher.
The CWGC record Private W McCollum as the son of James and Martha McCollum of Clogher, County Tyrone, Ireland.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Clogher Tenements Clogher Census listing in Clogher Tenements 54.416683 -7.161376
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McCollum family Lists William as age 19 living with the family at house 13 in Clogher Tenements, Clogher
2 1911 Census lists McCollum family Does not list William as living with the family at house 1 in Clogher Tenements, Clogher
3 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private William McCollum's grave
4 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private William McCollum
5 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of William McCollum
6 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Lance Private William McCollum's death
7 William McCollum Attestation Papers Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers includes dob and images
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2018