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24/10/2018 Thomas was a butter and egg merchant. He was born in Kirkoswald, Cumberland.
24/10/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th June 1915: Corporal William Fairbairn
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24/10/2018 Much sympathy is expressed with Mr John Fairbairn, Park Road, Dungannon, owing to the death of his younger brother, Corporal William Fairbairn, 8th Hussars, who was killed in action in France on Sunday 13th June. Corporal Fairbairn, who was 23 years of age, spent his early days in Dungannon. He joined the Hussars four years ago and had served in India. He was considerably over six feet in height, and was accounted one of the best swordsmen in the regiment. He had been on active service in France for the past seven months. The sad news was communicated to Mr Fairbairn in a letter received on Monday morning from Captain Anderson, adjutant of the regiment, which state4d that Corporal Fairbairn had been instantaneously killed early in the morning by a shell which burst close beside him. Captain Anderson further stated that he had been most popular with everyone in the regiment and was a most promising non-commissioned officer.
24/10/2018 William Andrew Fairbairn was born on 26th December 1891 in Dungannon. He was one of ten children, six surviving.
24/10/2018 Known family: Thomas Fairbairn, Margaret Fairbairn, John Charles Fairbairn (born 5th July 1886), Joseph Fairbairn (born 9th April 1887, died 22nd September 1892, age 5), Thomas Walker Fairbairn (born 17th August 1889), William Andrew Fairbairn (born 26th December 1891), Margaret Fairbairn (born 1st February 1893, died 1st February 1893), Sara Edith Fairbairn (born 5th July 1894), James Harrison Fairbairn (born 2nd November 1895), Fred Roberts Fairbairn (born 25th March 1900), Annie Fairbairn (born 30th July 1901, died 29th August 1902, age 1).
24/10/2018 The 1901 census records William Andrew as 9 years old. William and the family were living at house 1 in Ballygawley Road, Dungannon. They had 3 servants.
24/10/2018 The 1910 Ulster Towns Directory lists Mrs Fairbairn as an egg dealer at William Street, Dungannon.
24/10/2018 By the time of the 1911 census, William was not living with the family.
24/10/2018 In late 1914, Lance Corporal Fairbairn was sent from India to the front in France.
24/10/2018 William was considerably over six feet in height, and was acclaimed to be one of the best swordsmen in the regiment.
24/10/2018 Lance Corporal William Andrew Fairbairn was serving with B Squadron of the 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars when he was killed in action on Sunday 13th June 1915.
24/10/2018 Lance Corporal Fairbairn was instantaneously killed early in the morning by a shell which burst close beside him.
24/10/2018 The adjutant of the regiment, Captain Anderson, wrote to his brother, stating that he had been most popular with everyone in the regiment and was a most promising non-commissioned officer.
24/10/2018 Lance Corporal William Fairbairn is buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall). The cemetery is located three kilometres east of Ypres town centre.
24/10/2018 The CWGC record Lance Corporal William Andrew Fairbairn as the son of Thomas and Margaret Fairbairn, of McKee's Terrace, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
24/10/2018 Around 1911, William Fairbairn joined the Hussars and served in India.
24/10/2018 William Fairbairn was the son of Thomas and Margaret Fairbairn. Thomas Fairbairn and Margaret Charles were married on 1st June 1885 in the district of Dungannon.
05/06/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 24th June 1915:
05/06/2016 Lance Corporal William Fairbairn, 8th Hussars, who was killed in action in Flanders on the 13th June, was 23 years of age, and had six years' service. His mother resides along with his sisters and brothers at Milford Street, Belfast; another brother, Mr John Fairbairn, lining at Dungannon.
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04/06/2016 Mr John Fairbairn, Park Road, Dungannon, received an intimation from the squadron commander that his brother, Corporal William Fairbairn, 8th Hussars, had been killed by shell fire in Flanders. The deceased soldier was the third son of Mr Thomas Fairbairn, Dungannon and was 23 years of age.
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04/06/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 23rd June 1915:
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 24th June 1915
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30/12/2015 Mr J Fairbairn, Park Road, Dungannon, received an intimation from the adjutant on Monday that his brother, Corporal William Fairbairn, of the 8th Hussars, had been killed by shell fire in Flanders on Sunday, 13th inst. The deceased soldier was the third son of Mr Thomas Fairbairn, Dungannon and was 23 years of age. He had been four years in the army and on the outbreak of hostilities had been stationed in India, and was sent from there to the front. His mother resides in Belfast
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