Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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30/01/2019 2nd Lt Joseph Marsh ‘In Loving Memory of Second Lieutenant Joseph Marsh, 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, who was killed while leading his men at the Battle of Cambrai, France, 23rd November 1917. Blessed are the departed who in the Lord are sleeping. They rest from their labours and their works do follow them. Erected by his sorrowing wife, mother and father.’
30/01/2019 2nd Lt Joseph Marsh A neat mural tablet has been erected in Newmills Parish Church, County Tyrone in memory of the late Lieutenant Joseph Marsh, who was killed in France on 23rd November 1917. The tablet is a pediment design on white marble and consists of a base supported by two corbels. On top of the base rests the tablet proper which is oblong shape and having a scrolled truss or bracket worked on each side and a moulded cornice resting on top, which bears the pediment in three positions. On the centre portion is boldly engraved the regimental badge of the Royal Irish Rifles, all being fastened on a bracket of Irish black marble. The inscription reads:-
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30/01/2019 2nd Lt Joseph Marsh From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd June 1918: The Late Lieutenant Marsh, Newmills
30/01/2019 R/man Frank Campbell If you think there is anything more you would like to know, or anything you would like me to do, please write to me and I will do my best to help you. May God console and bless you. Believe me, yours sincerely, (Rev) R Watson, C.F.
30/01/2019 R/man Frank Campbell I can only express to you my deepest sympathy in losing your boy, and pray to the Almighty for comfort and healing for those who mourn his loss. Such lads as yours are the only protection for the home folk against German aggression and brutality, and when they fall in the performance of their duty, be assured God awards them abundantly.
30/01/2019 R/man Frank Campbell It is with the greatest regret I have to inform you of an accident which happened your son Frank, and which resulted in his death on Wednesday 10th April. He was up in the front line inside a shelter there. A comrade who was coming off patrol leaned his rifle against the outside of the shelter and it accidently went off and killed your poor boy instantaneously. An inquiry was made immediately into the accident, and it was discovered that the rifle had a defective safety catch, which was the cause of it going off. Everybody come the commanding officer downwards is greatly shocked by the accident, and join me in expressing their sympathy to you. I did not know the boy personally, for I have been transferred to his Battalion only a few days, but all his friends are genuinely sorry to lose a good comrade. We buried the poor lad with all Christian honours, and he sleeps beside several other British soldiers, and over his grave we have erected a nice cross, made by the boys of his own Battalion, with a suitable inscription upon it.
30/01/2019 R/man Frank Campbell The death is announced today of the above, due to one of those accidents which are unavoidable where large numbers of men are in daily contact with weapons and explosives. The deceased is the second of the family who has died in the service of King and country, his brother being killed on active service last year. A third brother has been in the ranks since the outbreak of war and has so far escaped. They are brothers of Mrs Anderson, Drapersfield, Cookstown and their mother lives in Laganvale Street, Belfast. Rev R Watson, chaplain with the Rifles, writing to Mrs Campbell says:-
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30/01/2019 R/man Frank Campbell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd June 1918: Rifleman Francis Campbell
25/01/2019 Ld Stoker John Moon John Moon was the youngest son of Mr D Moon.
21/01/2019 2nd Lt Joseph Marsh A tablet in memory of Second Lieutenant Joseph Marsh, Royal Irish Regiment, a native of Roughan, who fell at Cambrai, has been erected in Newmills Parish Church.
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21/01/2019 2nd Lt Joseph Marsh From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th June 1918: Stewartstown Notes
21/01/2019 Ld Stoker John Moon Leading Stoker John Moon (youngest son of the late Mr D Moon, Dungannon), has been killed in an accident at Malta.
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21/01/2019 Ld Stoker John Moon From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th June 1918: Dungannon
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21/01/2019 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty The chairman said that since their last meeting, three of their delegates had lost their sons at the front, and he moved that a resolution of sympathy be adopted and forwarded to Messrs John Beatty, Dungannon; Leonard Stephenson, Curr, and Thomas A McReynolds, R.D.C., Edernagh, Ardtrea. The resolution was passed in silence.
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21/01/2019 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 18th May 1918: East Tyrone Unionist Association – The Toll of the War
20/01/2019 Capt Charles Newell At the meeting of Tyrone County Council on Wednesday 24th April, the chairman (Mr J B Gunning-Moore, D.L.) referred in feeling terms to the death of Captain Newell, who had been one of the county surveyor’s staff, and had been killed recently in France, and moved that a resolution of condolence be sent to his father. The motion was seconded by Mr John Doris, J.P., and passed in silence.
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20/01/2019 Capt Charles Newell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th May 1918:
14/01/2019 2nd Lt Wilfred Hodge Second Lieutenant Wilfred Hodge, Royal Flying Corps, who died in Cambridge Hospital on Wednesday following an operation for gastric ulcer, was the second son of the late Mr R Hodge, Cabragh, Dungannon. He was educated at Dungannon Royal School, where he captained the school rugby club, and represented it last year on the Ulster Schools Rugby Team. He volunteered from school and, obtaining a commission in the R.F.C., was qualified to go abroad, but was retained to act as an instructor in England.
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14/01/2019 2nd Lt Wilfred Hodge From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th April 1918:
13/01/2019 Chaplain John Edmund Malone Watson M.C. Rev John E M Watson, B.A., chaplain attached Middlesex Regiment, (son of Rev John Watson, incumbent at Charlemont, who is a native of Tamnaskenny), has been killed in action. The deceased was a Hebrew Prizeman in Trinity College, and was curate of St James’ Parish, Belfast from 1910. He was recently mentioned in despatches. Two brothers are in the medical service, Major Frank Watson and Captain Herbert Watson.
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13/01/2019 Chaplain John Edmund Malone Watson M.C. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th April 1918:
13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson The CWGC record Rev William Andrew Wilson M.A. as being born at Minterburn, County Tyrone in 1869. He is recorded as the son of the Rev A J Wilson, D.D., Belfast. He is also recorded as the husband of Ellen F Wilson, of Ashbrook, Coleraine, County Londonderry. Finally, he is listed as the Presbyterian Minister of New Row, Coleraine from 1896-1918.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke It is believed this is the Private T Clarke which is listed in Dungannon War Memorial.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke The CWFC records Private T Clarke as the son of Joseph Clarke of 80 Arundel Avenue, Sefton Park, Liverpool.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke The Presbyterian Church of Ireland WW1 Roll of Honour for Minterburn records a Private Thomas Clarke, who was living in Ballagh, as having being killed in action.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke Private Clarke is buried at Mill Road Cemetery near Thiepval in France.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke Private Thomas Clarke was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916. He was 24 years old.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke Thomas enlisted at Finner Camp at Ballyshannon. He was living in Caledon at the time.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke Thomas Clarke was born in Liverpool about 1892.
13/01/2019 Pte. Thomas Clarke Thomas Clarke was the son of Joseph Clarke.
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13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson The funeral took place in in the Convalescent Camp Cemetery. It was headed by the bands of the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. Then followed the general service wagon bearing the coffin, covered with a Union Jack, and with many flowers, the tributes of numerous relatives and friends. The chief mourners were the Rev George Wilson and Captain Charles M Wilson, brothers of the late Mr Wilson; Rev F W S O’Neill, M.A., of Manchuria, his brother-in-law, Miss Violet Taylor and Miss Florence Taylor, cousins of Mr Wilson. Among the others who were present were Colonel Austin, the Chaplain General to the Forces in Harve, the Assistant Chaplain General, Mr McCowan (Chief Secretary of the YMCA in France), Mr Arthur Reade, and many other YMCA workers and friends.
13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson The funeral was a military one, with full honours for the rank of captain, the commission held by all chaplains. A service was held in the Military Chapel in the convalescent camp where he had been a worker on his first visit to France, Captain Mitchell, the Presbyterian chaplain, and professor Paul, of McCrea-Magee College, were the officiating clergy.
13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson News was at once sent to Rev George Wilson and Rev F W S O’Neill, also to his younger brother, Captain Charles M Wilson, of the Army Ordinance Department, who hurried to Le Treport. They accompanied his remains, which were conveyed to Harve by motor ambulance. The body rested that night in the hospital on the Quai d’Escale, where he had worked so often among the wounded soldiers coming off the hospital trains and waiting to be taken on board hospital ships for England.
13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson In the ambulance on the way to the hospital serious symptoms started to appear. He was taken to No 3 General Hospital (British), and everything was done that was within the power of both doctor and nurse, but he had sustained a fracture at the base of the skull, and he passed peacefully away, with scarcely any suffering, two hours after his admission to hospital.
13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson In the meantime Mr Wilson was being attended to by some Belgian soldiers from a small neighbouring camp. They had fetched rugs from the car and had laid him down at the foot of the embankment. He was wonderfully cheery; and when the doctors, who arrived very soon, first saw him, they thought that the wound might be a surface one only. They dressed it hurriedly and when they had the stretcher brought down, Mr Wilson at first refused to be placed on it, saying that if they would help him he would walk up to the road.
13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson The motor, a heavy duty closed-body Daimler car, was travelling slowly round a gentle curve and down a light incline when it suddenly swerved to the left owing to one of the front wheels having come off and to avoid running into a high bank on that side, the chauffer turned the car towards the right, and then the damaged axle must have ceased to respond , for the car went over the edge of an embankment which formed the right side of the roadway and crashed into a ploughed field some sixteen feet below. It was completely overturned. The chauffeur was killed instantly. Mr Wilson and Colonel Austin were both thrown clear out of the car. The latter escaped without any injury, but some part of the car must have struck Mr Wilson severely on the forehead. Colonel Austin immediately hurried up to the road for help, and meeting a medical officer, he was sent in to hospital at Le Treport in his car, while assistance was speedily despatched to the scene of the accident.
13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson The Coleraine Chronicle this week gives details of this distressing accident. The late Mr Wilson had spent Wednesday morning in Abbeville, visiting several of the huts there, and set out with Colonel Austin for Le Trepot, a small town on the coast, intending to visit his brother-in-law, Rev F W S O’Neill, M.A., and his brother, Rev George Wilson, B.A. (both workers with the YMCA) later on in the day.
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13/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th April 1918: How Rev William Wilson Died
10/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson Rev W A Wilson, M.A., minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, has been killed in a motor accident in France. The deceased was rendering excellent service as a YMCA worker amongst the troops, and so acceptable was his work to the military and YMCA authorities that he was specially requested to return to the front for second and third terms. His brother, Rev George Wilson, Ballygoney, is similarly engaged in France. The late Mr Wilson had a brilliant career at Queens College Belfast, Assembly’s College, and New College, Edinburgh. He obtained the degrees of B.A and M.A. at the Royal University of Ireland and on completion of his course was licensed by the Belfast Presbytery in May 1894. On 31st March 1916, he was ordained minister of New Row congregation in succession to the late Robert Wallace. An able and faithful minister, the deceased discharged his duties with outstanding success, and was highly revered in Coleraine. Deep sympathy will be felt for his widow and family and with the sorrowing relatives in Belfast in their great bereavement they have sustained. Mr Wilson leaves two sons, one of whom is a cadet at Queens University Officer Training Corps (O.T.C.), Belfast.
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10/01/2019 Chaplain William Andrew Wilson From Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd March 1918:
09/01/2019 Pte. John Lynn The presentation of honour certificates on respect to seventy soldiers serving in the present war, fourteen of whom have been killed, was made in Dungannon Courthouse, which was tastefully decorated, and there was a crowded attendance. The band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was present. Amongst the recipients were Mr James Lynn, Mousetown, Coalisland, who received certificates in respect of his four sons, three of whom have been killed in action. Mr J Moore Williamson, Forkhill, Castlecaulfield, and Mr R G Cromie, Moy, also received three certificates each. Mr James Dickson, D.L., Milltown House, presided. The presentation was made by Colonel Stewart, the recipients being warmly applauded. Colonel H Irvine, C.B., Omagh, recruiting officer for Tyrone, said it was sad to think that some three hundred thousand men of military age were still hanging back in Ireland, when their services where most wanted. The greater number of these were not in that part of Ireland, but still at all fairs and markets he could see hundreds of young men walking about who, if he addressed them, either returned surly answers or else walked away. They did not seem to consider that the British soldier was fighting on behalf of civilisation against savagery.
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09/01/2019 Pte. John Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd March 1918: Dungannon
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