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19450   Lance Corporal Thomas John Williamson M.M.
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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: 21/04/1918 (Died by accident)
Age: 22
Summary      
Thomas John Williamson was the son of James and Hannah Williamson. Thomas was born Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone about 1896. The family lived in Lisfearty, Clananeese, Tyrone. James Williamson was an agricultural labourer. Thomas Williamson enlisted in Ballygawley. Lance Corporal Thomas John Williamson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died on 21st May 1918 in France. He was 22 years old. Lance Corporal Thomas John Williamson was awarded the Military Medal.
Further Information
IMPORTANT: THE CWGC RECORD LANCE CORPORAL THOMAS WILLIAMSON'S DATED OF DEATH AS 21ST MAY 1918. THIS IS ALMOST CERTAINLY INCORRECT BECAUSE THE TYRONE COURIER OF 2 MAY 1918 RECORDS HIS DEATH. IT GIVES DATE OF DEATH AS EXACTLY ONE EARLIER AS 21 APRIL 1918. AS SUCH, THE RECORDS ON THIS WEBSITE REFLECT THIS.
Thomas John Williamson was the son of James and Hannah Williamson. They were married about 1892. Thomas was born Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone about 1896. He was one of five children.
The 1901 census records Thomas as 5 years old. The family lived in Lisferty, Clananeese, Tyrone. James Williamson was an agricultural labourer.
The 1911 census records Thomas as a 15 year old scholar. The family continued to live in Lisfearty, Clananeese, Tyrone. His father still worked as an agricultural labourer.
Family: James Williamson, Hannah Williamson, Mary 'Minnie' Williamson (born about 1892), William James Williamson (born about 1894), Thomas John Williamson (born about 1896), Joseph Williamson (born about 1900), Jane Williamson (born about 1902).
Thomas was employed as a blacksmith with Mr James Kirk, Cranslough, Castlecaulfield
Thomas Williamson enlisted in Ballygawley shortly after the outbreak of war.
Lance Corporal Thomas John Williamson was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field on the 16th July 1917.
From the Tyrone Courier and News dated Thursday 8 November 1917:
The second instalment of recipients of the Military Medal for bravery in the field published in the London Gazette contains the name of 19450 Private (Lance Corporal) T J Williamson, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lisferty, County Tyrone
Lance Corporal Thomas John Williamson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died on 21st April 1918 in France. He was instantaneously killed on 21st April 1918 by the explosion of a bomb while he was attending to transport duties in France. He was 22 years old.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 2 May 1918:
Mr James Williamson, Mulnahunch, Cabra, Donaghmore, has been informed by an officer that his son, Lance Corporal Thomas Williamson, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling fusiliers, was instantaneously killed on 21st April 1918 by the explosion of a bomb while he was attending to transport duties in France. The deceased soldier, who enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field on the 16th July 1917. Prior to joining the army he was employed as a blacksmith with Mr James Kirk, Cranslough, Castlecaulfield.
Last Will and Testament of Thomas John Williamson:
In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother, Mrs James Williamson, Lisferty, Clonaneese, Castlecaulfield, Co Tyrone, Ireland. Signed Thomas J Williamson Private 19450. 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 3rd October 1915
The CWGC record Thomas as the son of James and Hannah Williamson, of Clintyfollow, Greystone, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Lisfearty, Clananeese Ballygawley Census listing in Lisfearty, Clananeese 54.469788 -6.909728
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1 1901 Census lists Williamson family Lists Thomas John as age 5 living with the family at house 10 in Lisfearty, Clananeese, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Williamson family Lists Thomas John as age 15 living with the family at house 8 in Lisfearty, Clananeese, Tyrone
3 Find A Grave Photo of Thomas John Williamson's headstone
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Thomas John Wiliamson
5 Presbyterian ROH Clonaneese Thomas Williamson, killed in action
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Thomas John Williamson's headstone can be purchased here.
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