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28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Deeply regretted by his loving mother, sisters and brothers. Mary Jane Burton, 62 Kashmir Road Belfast.
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Give peace, O God, gives peace again.
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Oh bind us in that heavenly chain,
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton All hearts are knit in holy love;
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton When saints and angels dwell above,
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Give peace, O God, gives peace again.
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton None ever call on Thee in vain,
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Where rest but on Thy faithful word?
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Whom shall we trust but Thee, O Lord,
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Give peace, O God, gives peace again.
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton The wrath of sinful man restrain;
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton Make wars throughout the world to cease;
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton O God of love; O God of peace.
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton BURTON - Killed in action at the Dardanelles , 2nd July , Private Thomas James Burton , youngest son of Mary Jane Burton and the late David Burton of Curran, Benburb.
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28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas Burton From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31th July 1915:
28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas John Cross Three privates of the Inniskillings (Gillespie, Betts and Quinn) were sentenced to two months hard labour at Ballycastle on Monday for assaulting some of the Christian Brothers and acting in a disgraceful manner. Amongst the witnesses for the prosecution were two Dungannon men, Private Thomas Harbinson, who heard Quinn boast of ‘having knocked spots out of the Christian Brothers,’ and Private S W Cross, who saw two of the brothers bleeding and went to their assistance. There was no defence other than that the outrage was due to drink, and as the military authorities have ample powers over the public houses but do not exercise it, they cannot get rid of the responsibility.
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28/11/2018 Pte. Thomas John Cross From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31th July 1915: Samuel Cross (brother of Thomas Cross)
27/11/2018 Pte. Robert Thomas Taylor Mr Samuel Heron, Gorestown, Moy, received intimation from the War Office on Monday that his son, Private Charles Heron, 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Private Heron who had been an auxiliary postman at Moy when he was called to the colours as a reservist, had been wounded during the second day’s fighting in the retreat from Mons and had been invalided home. Four months ago he was sent out to the Dardanelles to the 1st Battalion. His brother, Mr Thomas Heron, Dungannon, is an esteemed breadserver of Messrs Ingles & Company Ltd.
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27/11/2018 Pte. Robert Thomas Taylor From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th July 1915: Private Taylor Wounded
26/11/2018 L/Corp Charles Heron Mr Samuel Heron, Gorestown, Moy, received intimation from the War Office on Monday that his son, Private Charles Heron, 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Private Heron who had been an auxiliary postman at Moy when he was called to the colours as a reservist, had been wounded during the second day’s fighting in the retreat from Mons and had been invalided home. Four months ago he was sent out to the Dardanelles to the 1st Battalion. His brother, Mr Thomas Heron, Dungannon, is an esteemed breadserver of Messrs Ingles & Company Ltd.
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26/11/2018 L/Corp Charles Heron From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24h July 1915: Private Charles Heron
25/11/2018 Pilot Off Alan Lancelot Treanor 02108
25/11/2018 Sgt. Henry James Graham 02107
25/11/2018 Flt. Sgt John Bracken Coffey 02106
22/11/2018 Driver Robert Lynn ‘I am in the best of form. I was with Jimmie (Bombardier James Lynn, 43rd Battery) for three or four days, and he gone off a bit now. I did not get the chance of seeing Willie nor Mr Dysart. I see all the ambulances going past, and might by chance meet him. The weather is very fine here at present. It is terrible about Hugh John Cairns. The Germans must have captured him and one him in. There are lots of chaps lying in woods and places rotting away, soldiers that nobody knows anything about. We come across them many a time lying there fully equipped. If the Germans capture any of our fellows in small lots, they don’t take them prisoners, but simply butcher them to death. I saw in the ‘Dungannon News’ where Wing Espey was home on leave. We only get four days and that is not much good. I met a young chap named Pherson, whose father used to be gamekeeper at Lowry’s, and was talking to him a few times. You want to see this place in ruins - not a standing building – and it is terrible going through it at night with not a soul about. The people here are very poor, and this will make them worse, but someone will have to pay for it.’
22/11/2018 Driver Robert Lynn Driver Robert Lynn, 57th Battery Royal Field Artillery, writing to his mother under date 23rd June, says:-
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22/11/2018 Driver Robert Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd July 1915: Driver Lynn’s Experiences
22/11/2018 Sgt. William Edward Lynn ‘You will be surprised to see I am in hospital in Manchester. I got my ankle fractured at Armentieres on the 18th June. It was very painful for the first few days, but the pain is now much easier. I never expected to get home with it, and was very glad to see the shores of England. A lot of wounded soldiers from the Dardanelles are in this hospital, and tell wonderful stories of the battles being fought for the honour and glory of Britain. I expect to get home on seven days furlough, and am anxiously looking forward to seeing you all again.’
22/11/2018 Sgt. William Edward Lynn Sergeant William Lynn, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, writes:-
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22/11/2018 Sgt. William Edward Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd July 1915: Sergeant Lynn Expects to Get Home
22/11/2018 Pte. Robert George Lawson Lance Corporal Thomas Lawson, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, writing from Kasr Al Ainy Hospital, Cairo, Egypt under the date 13th June, to his father, Mr William Lawson, Milltown, Dungannon, says he is slowly improving. The doctors put him under x-rays and the sister told him there was still a piece of bullet in his stomach but the only time he feels it is when sitting. He states that he is not sure whether he will be able to get home but will try his best. He was sorry to hear that Robert Bell of Milltown was wounded, but they all had to take their chance and should thank God that they escaped with a wound. He hopes to be back in the Dardanelles when they are taking Constantinople, as the Turks will get it pretty hot. It was a terrible sight to see the way the Turks cut up the wounded, especially those who could not get out of their way. The allies are making good progress and it would not be long until they had the Turks off the face of the earth. He states that he was struck by three bullets, two entering the bdy and one striking the buckle of his belt.
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22/11/2018 Pte. Robert George Lawson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 3rd July 1915: Corporal Lawson at the Dardanelles (Brother of George Lawson)
21/11/2018 Fusilier William James Gillespie Photo of courtesy of Ian Gillespie
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21/11/2018 Driver Patrick Gartland Thanks to Seamus McGuckin for supplying the grave photo in France.
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14/11/2018 Sgt. William Edward Lynn ‘I saw Alex (Private Alexander Proctor, 2nd Battalion Irish Fusiliers) and Willie (Sergeant William Lynn, 2nd Irish Fusiliers) the other day, and both of them looked well after having such a rough time of it. They were glad to seem me and I to see them. I have heard that Jack and Hugh Cairns were wounded Their regiment went forward with the same old dash and soon made the Germans hop it – Good old Inniskillings; they did some good work but they have lost heavily. The Germans are very cunning, but they don’t like to meet the British, as they know they always get a good basting. I see by the papers that there will be no Twelfth this year. I think it is a good idea, as it would not look nice on account of all the boys being away. However, I hope with God’s help, the war won’t last much longer and that we will get home safe although I am very afraid of it.
14/11/2018 Sgt. William Edward Lynn Bombardier James Lynn, 43rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery, writing from the western front to friends in Coalisland says:-
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14/11/2018 Sgt. William Edward Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th June 1915: Bombardier Lynn and the Twelfth
14/11/2018 Pte. John Lynn ‘I saw Alex (Private Alexander Proctor, 2nd Battalion Irish Fusiliers) and Willie (Sergeant William Lynn, 2nd Irish Fusiliers) the other day, and both of them looked well after having such a rough time of it. They were glad to seem me and I to see them. I have heard that Jack and Hugh Cairns were wounded Their regiment went forward with the same old dash and soon made the Germans hop it – Good old Inniskillings; they did some good work but they have lost heavily. The Germans are very cunning, but they don’t like to meet the British, as they know they always get a good basting. I see by the papers that there will be no Twelfth this year. I think it is a good idea, as it would not look nice on account of all the boys being away. However, I hope with God’s help, the war won’t last much longer and that we will get home safe although I am very afraid of it.
14/11/2018 Pte. John Lynn Bombardier James Lynn, 43rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery, writing from the western front to friends in Coalisland says:-
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14/11/2018 Pte. John Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th June 1915: Bombardier Lynn and the Twelfth
14/11/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. ‘I saw Alex (Private Alexander Proctor, 2nd Battalion Irish Fusiliers) and Willie (Sergeant William Lynn, 2nd Irish Fusiliers) the other day, and both of them looked well after having such a rough time of it. They were glad to seem me and I to see them. I have heard that Jack and Hugh Cairns were wounded Their regiment went forward with the same old dash and soon made the Germans hop it – Good old Inniskillings; they did some good work but they have lost heavily. The Germans are very cunning, but they don’t like to meet the British, as they know they always get a good basting. I see by the papers that there will be no Twelfth this year. I think it is a good idea, as it would not look nice on account of all the boys being away. However, I hope with God’s help, the war won’t last much longer and that we will get home safe although I am very afraid of it.
14/11/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. Bombardier James Lynn, 43rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery, writing from the western front to friends in Coalisland says:-
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14/11/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th June 1915: Bombardier Lynn and the Twelfth
14/11/2018 Pte. Robert George Lawson ‘Your letters went to the Dardanelles and followed me here. My wounds have healed up now and I am walking about every day. I think they will send me to a convalescent home until I am quite strong again. The bullet went right through my abdomen and lodged in the hip, but it was taken out on-board ship, and I can tell you it was very sore. If I have to go back to the Dardanelles again I will go with a good heart, as I would like to get more shots at the Turks. I had no time to try my bayonet on them as I got wounded too early in the landing, but I popped a few of them with bullets, and I fairly enjoyed it. Our boys were not cowards, for they drove back the Turks from the shore, and when they landed they gave the enemy some hot work. I hope all at home are well and they need not be uneasy about me.’
14/11/2018 Pte. Robert George Lawson Lance Corporal Thomas Lawson, 1st Royal Inniskillings, who was wounded during the landing at Gallipoli Peninsula in April, writing to his parents at Milltown, Dungannon, from the Kasr Al Ainy Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, says:-
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14/11/2018 Pte. Robert George Lawson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th June 1915: Wants to Pay Back the Turks - Thomas Lawson (Brother of George Lawson)
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