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28/01/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 3rd May 1917:
28/01/2017 Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, Indian Medical Service, reported by the Indian Office to have died of cerebro-spinal fever in Mesopotamia on 25th March, was the second son of the late Mr T Tackaberry, a former Dungannon Workhouse master. He was educated at Dungannon Royal School, and Trinity College, Dublin. He went to Mesopotamia with the Indian Expeditionary Force at the end of 1915. He leaves a widow and one child, the former being now engaged in voluntary nursing work in St Johnís Hospital, Sevenoaks.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Captain John Bailey Tackaberry as the son of Thomas and Mary Tackaberry, of Co. Tyrone, Ireland
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30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 10 May 1917
30/12/2015 John was the second surviving son of the late Thomas Tackaberry of Tomagaddy, Ballycanew, Wexford.
30/12/2015 Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, M.B.B.S. (London) Indian Medical Service, Indian Army died from cerebra-spinal meningitis in 83 Stationary Hospital, Nasiryah - a hospital on the Mesopotamian Front, on 25th March 1917.
30/12/2015 Tackaberry Ė March 25, 1917, in 83 Stationary Hospital, Nasiryah, Mesopotamia, of cerebra-spinal fever, Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, M.B, B.S., Indian Medical Service, second son of the late Thomas Tackaberry, Workhouse Master, Dungannon.
30/12/2015 In 1909, after filling the posts of Casualty Medical Officer and of House Physician at Middlesex Hospital and of Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy in the Hospital Medical School, he enlisted in Indian Army as Lt. on July 30th 1910.
30/12/2015 A telegram has been received from the India Office intimating that Captain John Bailey Tackaberry, M.B., B.S., Indian Medical Service, died of cerebro-spinal fever in Mesopotamia on 25th March 1917. He was the second son of the late Mr T Tackaberry, a former Dungannon Workhouse Master, and a cousin of Messrs W J and N Roberts, and of Mrs Grimason, Market Square, Dungannon. He was educated at Dungannon Royal School, and afterwards entered Trinity College, Dublin, where he had a distinguished career. Adopting the medical profession, he received his training in the Middlesex Hospital, London, and obtained a commission in the Indian Medical Service in 1911, winning a high place in the examination. He subsequently served in India and China and was promoted Captain in 1913. He went out with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force at the end of 1915, being attached to a Punjabi Regiment. He leaves a widow and young child, the former being now engaged in voluntary nursing work in St John's Hospital, Sevenoaks. His brother Mr T B Tackaberry, B.A., a former classical teacher in Dungannon Royal School and other centres, appears in the list of 88 members of Bann Rowing Club, Coleraine, who are serving in various ranks.
30/12/2015 He was further educated at Middlesex Hospital and took the degrees of M.B. and B.S. London and also the diploma of L.M.S.S.A.
30/12/2015 By the time of the 1911 census, John's mother had died. His father was still master of the local workhouse.
30/12/2015 John attended the Royal School Dungannon between 1894 and 1900. He was a keen sportsman and played for the school's rugby team during the 1898-1900 seasons.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census reveals his father was master of the local workhouse. His mother was the matron. John B. was 18 years old and described as a scholar. The family lived in Drumcoo, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone which is between Dungannon and Edendork.
30/12/2015 John Bailey Tackaberry was promoted to Captain on July 30th 1913.
30/12/2015 John Bailey Tackaberry was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Tackaberry. John was born in early 1883 in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
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30/12/2015 His older brother Thomas Tackaberry was a teacher at the Royal School Dungannon for a time.
30/12/2015 John Tackaberry went on to study at Trinity College, Dublin.
30/12/2015 In 1914 Captain Tackaberry was serving and the medical officer with the 31st Punjabi Regiment. In late 15 he went with that regiment, as part of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force to the Middle East.
30/12/2015 By the time war broke out, Captain Tackaberry had served in both India and China.
30/12/2015 John Bailey Tackaberry married Alice Jane Harrhy at Holy Trinity Church on the Marylebone Road in London in 1911. They had one child.
30/12/2015 Captain Tackaberry is buried in Basra War Cemetery in southern Iraq.
30/12/2015 The CWGC also record Captain John Bailey Tackaberry as the husband of Alice Tackaberry, of 6 Grafton Mansions, Brighton, England.
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30/12/2015 Many thanks to Paul Kerr and the Royal School Dungannon for his research and all the information provided.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 10 May 1917
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