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30/12/2015 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
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records Thomas as 5 years old. The family lived in Lisferty, Clananeese, Tyrone. James Williamson was an agricultural labourer.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 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).
30/12/2015 Thomas Williamson enlisted in Ballygawley shortly after the outbreak of war.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 Lance Corporal Thomas John Williamson was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field on the 16th July 1917.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Thomas as the son of James and Hannah Williamson, of Clintyfollow, Greystone, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
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30/12/2015 Last Will and Testament of Thomas John Williamson:
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30/12/2015 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
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 2 May 1918:
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30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 Thomas was employed as a blacksmith with Mr James Kirk, Cranslough, Castlecaulfield
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and News dated Thursday 8 November 1917:
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