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29/01/2017
29/01/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 17th May 1917:
29/01/2017 Corporal Samuel Williamson, Australian Infantry, died of heart failure, Ballynakelly, Coalisland.
30/12/2015 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.
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30/12/2015 Samuel Williamson was a son of William and Annie Williamson. Samuel was born in Killyman, Dungannon, County Tyrone on 1st February 1891.
30/12/2015 Samuel went to school in Ballynakelly, Coalisland.
30/12/2015 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
30/12/2015 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
30/12/2015 Samuel Williamson enlisted with the 4th Australian Infantry.
30/12/2015 Corporal Samuel Williamson landed at the Dardanelles in Turkey with the first Australian Forces. He was wounded twice, and afterwards served in France
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30/12/2015 He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, near Andover in Wiltshire, England.
30/12/2015 Corporal Samuel Williamson is listed on the Australian War Memorial in Durrington Cemetery.
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30/12/2015 The CWGC lists Corporal Samuel Williamson as the son of William and Annie Williamson, of Drumkee, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, Ireland
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 17 May 1917
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30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 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
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