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696   Corporal Samuel Williamson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/02/1891
Died: 08/05/1917 (Died of Illness)
Age: 26
Summary      
Samuel Williamson was a son of William and Annie Williamson. Samuel was born in Killyman, Dungannon, County Tyrone on 1st February 1891. Samuel served with the British Army, with the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Samuel Williamson then emigrated to Australia where he enlisted with the 4th Australian Infantry. Corporal Samuel Williamson was wounded at the Dardanelles at Gallipoli in Turkey. Corporal Samuel Williamson died of disease on 8th May 1917. He was 26 years old. He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, near Andover in Wiltshire, England.
Further Information
Samuel Williamson was a son of William and Annie Williamson. Samuel was born in Killyman, Dungannon, County Tyrone on 1st February 1891.
Samuel went to school in Ballynakelly, Coalisland.
Samuel served for 21 years in the British Army with the Royal Regiment of Artillery. He took his discharge from Bombay, and emigrated to Australia
In Australia, Samuel Williamson worked as an iron dresser. An Iron Dresser, aka fettler, was a general term covering all foundry workers engaged in removing adherent sand from castings and chipping off any irregularities
Samuel Williamson enlisted with the 4th Australian Infantry.
Corporal Samuel Williamson landed at the Dardanelles in Turkey with the first Australian Forces. He was wounded twice, and afterwards served in France
Corporal Samuel Williamson was had returned to Ballynakelly only a few weeks before he died. He was a member of the Bush Loyal Orange Lodge, No. 163 and spent an evening in Ballynakelly Orange Hall.
Corporal Samuel Williamson died from hear failure at Fargo Military Hospital, Rollestone, Wiltshire. His remains were interred in Durrington cemetery with military honours on 8th May 1917. He was 26 years old
From the Tyrone Courier dated 17 May 1917
Mr William James Williamson, Drumkee, Coalisland, has received intimation of the death of his brother, Corporal Samuel Williamson, of the Australian Imperial Forces, who died on 9th May from hear failure at Fargo Military Hospital, Rollestone, Wiltshire. His remains were interred in Durrington cemetery with military honours. He had served for 21 years in the Army, and took his discharge from Bombay, and emigrated to Australia, where at the outbreak of the war he volunteered, and landed at the Dardanelles with the first Australian Forces, was wounded twice, and afterwards served in France. He was at his home a few weeks ago, and looked remarkably well, and spent a very pleasant night in Ballynakelly Orange Hall, amongst his friends and neighbours, and got a very hearty reception. He was a member of the Bush Loyal Orange Lodge, No. 163, the members of which deeply regret the loss of such a gallant soldier and esteemed member.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 17th May 1917:
Corporal Samuel Williamson, Australian Infantry, died of heart failure, Ballynakelly, Coalisland.
He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, near Andover in Wiltshire, England.
Samuel listed his brother in William James Williamson Drumkee, Coalisland Co Tyrone. He also named his next of kin in his attestation documents as M Williamson, Queen's Hotel, Ontario, Canada.
Corporal Samuel Williamson is listed on the Australian War Memorial in Durrington Cemetery.
The CWGC lists Corporal Samuel Williamson as the son of William and Annie Williamson, of Drumkee, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, Ireland
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Killyman Killyman Born in Killyman 54.493574 -6.701925
References and Links
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1 Australian Embarkation Roll Embarkation Roll - Samuel Williamson
2 Australian Military Records 41 documents regarding Sam Williamson's Military Record
3 Australian Nominal Roll Nominal Roll - Samuel Williamson
4 Australian Roll of Honour Roll of Honour - Samuel Williamson
5 Australian War Memorial, Durrington Cemetery List's Samuel Williamson's on Memorial, Durrington Cemetery and photo
6 Find A Grave Photo of Samuel Williamson's headstone
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Samuel Williamson's headstone can be purchased here.
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