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30/12/2015 CAIRNS Killed in action at the front (date and battle not stated) Sergeant John Cairns, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, eldest son of Mrs Cairns, Ballygawley.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records John as 10 years old. He is living with the family in Ballygawley. His father Thomas was a labourer. John was at school. He was educated at the local National School.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows John as 20 years old. His father had died. John was working as a labourer. The family were living in Ballygawley town.
30/12/2015 Family: Thomas Cairns (died about 1907-1911), Phoebe Cairns, John Cairns (born about 1891), William Thomas Cairns (born about 1894), Rebecca Jane Cairns (born about 1896), Joseph Cairns (born about 1899), David Cairns (born about 1904), Robert Cairns (born about 1907).
30/12/2015 John Cairns enlisted in Ballygawley in 1909, and was called up on mobilisation in August 1914.
30/12/2015 Sergeant John Cairns was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 31st October 1914 at the Battle of Messines in France. He was 23 years old.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record John as the son of Thomas and Phoebe Cairns, of Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
30/12/2015 John Cairns was the son of Thomas and Phoebe Cairns, of Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone. John was born on 12th May 1891 in Errigal, Ballygawley.
30/12/2015 John's father Thomas had been a Gunner in the Mid Ulster Artillery. His mother Phoebe was the daughter of James Montgomery of Fedden, Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 His brother, Private William Cairns (No 17584), served with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. William Cairns survived the war.
30/12/2015 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 9 December 1914:
30/12/2015 Sergeant John Cairns, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, husband of Mrs Cairns, Ballygawley, County Tyrone, killed in action.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 10 December 1914:
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