Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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30/12/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 7th September 1916:
30/12/2016 Private Ernest Clinging, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Fivemiletown, died of wounds.
05/12/2016 Private Ernest Clinging, John Hackett and Herbert Irvine (Fivemiletown) have been wounded while Sergeant Hugh Hetherington (Fivemiletown), also of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, is in hospital suffering from shock as a result of being buried following a shell explosion.
05/12/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 22th May 1916:
30/12/2015 Any cash remaining to be handed to my mother, Mrs Maggie Clinging, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone Ireland. Signature Earnest Clinging, Service No. 17586, 9th Battalion, Inniskilling Fusiliers. Date 8th December 1915 '
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records the family as living in Tattykeeran, Cross, Fermanagh. Ernest Clingham was 7 years old. Ernest's stepfather John Thomas was a farm labourer.
30/12/2015 Family: John Thos Clingham, Maggie Ann Clingham, Ernest Clingham (born about 1894), Rose Mary Clingham (step-sister born about 1896), James Clingham (step-brother born about 1897), John Robert Clingham (step-brother born about 1899).
30/12/2015 There is a 1911 census entry for an Ernest Clinging. He is listed as an 18 year old servant working for the Rea family at Tullykenneye, Corralongford, County Fermanagh. Corralongford straddles the boundary with Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 Ernest Clinging enlisted in Fivemiletown.
30/12/2015 Private Ernest Clinging was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was wounded in France. He died of his wounds on 20th August 1916.
30/12/2015 Ernest Clinging was the son of Maggie Clinging. Ernest was born about 1892 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 The CWGC records Private Clinging as the son of Mrs. M. Clinging, of Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone.
30/12/2015 Private Clinging's last will and testament states:
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