Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston 01982
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston 01983
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston Private James Frazer Johnston is commemorated on Enniskillen War Memorial. He is also listed in the Fermanagh War Memorial Book of Honour on page 545.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston After the war was over and Private Brownlee has been released, he came to the shop in Blacklion. He told the family he had comforted James as he was dying, and said he was calling for his mother. Herbert gave them James’ watch and cap badge.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston Private Herbert Brownlee was with Private Johnston when he died. He was captured and became a prisoner of war for the remainder of the war.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston The CWGC record Private J F Johnston as the son of Joseph and Mary J Johnston of Blacklion, County Cavan.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston In 1920, his body was exhumed and re-buried in Roye New British Cemetery at the Somme in France. The family still have the original wooden cross, which was replaced. His inscription reads:- WHETHER WE LIVE OR DIE WE ARE THE LORDS. ROMANS CHAP.14 VERSE 8
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston Private Johnston was buried just south of Roye (map reference 66.d.S.3.a.4.5) in the Roye-St Gilles German Military Cemetery, where 85 United Kingdom soldiers were buried by the Germans in March and April 1918.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston Private James Frazer Johnston was serving with the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he died of his wounds on Monday 25th March 1918. Private Johnston was buried just south of Roye (map reference 66.d.S.3.a.4.5) in the Roye-St Gilles German Military Cemetery, where 85 United Kingdom soldiers were buried by the Germans in March and April 1918.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston During the battalion's retreat from St Quentin in the German Spring offensive of March 1918, Private James Johnston received a head wound.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston In September 1917 the 2nd Regiment was dismounted and most of its officers and men were transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – which was renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. Johnston, like the majority of the men, was transferred to the battalion on 20 September. He was issued a new regimental number – 41126, and posted to A Company.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston In 1916 or the first half of 1917 he embarked for France, where he joined the squadron as a reinforcement. In June 1916 the Inniskillings squadron had joined with C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, which served as corps cavalry to X Corps until August the following year.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston James Johnston enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron at Enniskillen in March 1915 (Regimental No 229).
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston The 1911 census lists James Frazer as age 13, living with the family at house 21 in Black Lion Town, Tuam, County Cavan.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston Joseph retired in 1910 and the family moved to Blacklion in County Cavan, where they opened a drapery shop.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston Family: Joseph Johnston, Mary Jane Johnston, James Frazer Johnston (born 19th May 1897, Clogher), Joseph Johnston (born 7th February 1899), William Robert Johnston (born 31st March 1901), John George Johnston (born 26th March 1902), Hamilton Johnston (born 26th October 1903).
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston The 1901 census James Fraser as age 3, living with the family at house 13 in Carrickmore Town, County Tyrone.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston His father was a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.). By 1898, the family had moved to Carrickmore.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston James Frazer Johnston was born in Clogher on 19th May 1897. He was first of five children, all sons.
25/03/2018 Pte. James Frazer Johnston James Johnston was the eldest son of Joseph and Mary Jane Johnston. Joseph Johnston married Mary Jane Frazer about 1896, probably in County Cavan.
22/03/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. ‘I am glad to know you are all well at home. I had a letter from Alexander (Private Alexander Proctor, now in France) yesterday and he is safe and well. I hope (word) has been heard from Tom (Private Thomas Proctor, now at the Dardanelles) before that the Tenth Division had a rough time for a few days after they landed but they showed the Turks that the Irish can fight with the best of them. I supposed everything is quiet in Coalisland now, and as I am expecting to get some leave soon, I hope to see you all.’
22/03/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. Bombardier James Lynn, 43rd Battalion Royal Field Artillery, writing from France to friends in Coalisland says:-
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22/03/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 25th September 1915:
22/03/2018 Pte. Thomas Gates Private Matthew Gates, 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who formerly resided at Coalisland, and volunteered with the U.V.F. men at the outbreak of the war, in writing from the Dardanelles says:- ‘Just a few lines hoping to find you all well at home. I am getting along well here and would like to tell all the folk that I was asking about them.’
22/03/2018 Pte. Thomas Gates 01979
22/03/2018 Pte. Thomas Gates From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 25th September 1915: Private Gates well (Matthew Gates – brother of Thomas Gates)
19/03/2018 Pte. John Lavelle Private Lavelle had been in France since April 1915.
19/03/2018 Pte. John Lavelle John Lavelle was working as a wire worker in Scotland at the outbreak of war, and had promptly volunteered.
19/03/2018 Pte. John Lavelle Private Lavelle had been a wire worker in Scotland at the outbreak of war, and had promptly volunteered. He had been in France since April last.
19/03/2018 Pte. John Lavelle ‘Enclosed find letter that was found on the body of one of our fallen comrades from which I gather he was a brother of yours. We have buried him in the British Cemetery just behind the lines. Allow me, on behalf of the lads in the trenches, extend our sympathy to you and the family of our comrade, who has fallen for a great cause.’
19/03/2018 Pte. John Lavelle The relatives of Private John Lavelle, Annagher, Coalisland, who belonged to the 2nd Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, have been officially notified that he was killed in action in France during the recent advance. A letter from his sister, having been found on the dead soldier, has been returned to her by Sergeant W James of the same battalion, who wrote:-
19/03/2018 Pte. John Lavelle 01978
19/03/2018 Pte. John Lavelle From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 23rd October 1915: Private Lavelle, Coalisland
18/03/2018 Corp James Alfred Fleming 01977
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt 01976
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt 01975
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt 01974
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt 01973
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt Miss Fanny Shortt is named on Dungannon War Memorial as Nurse Shortt.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt Nurse Fanny Shortt has no known grave and is commemorated on the United Kingdom Book of Remembrance. This register is maintained at CWGC Head Office in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt The ‘History of Tullyniskan’ book records a Frances Emma Shortt, Military Hospital.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt Records seem to suggest she was working in Belfast at the time, but no death record can be found on GRONI.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt Nurse Fanny Shortt was serving with the Voluntary Aid Detachment when she died on active service on 26th December 1918.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt Nurse Fanny Shortt served at Bermondsey Military Hospital in in Lewisham, London for a time.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt Nurse Fanny Shortt was 31 when she volunteered on 9th August 1918.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt There are two census listings below, but it is thought they relate to a different Frances Curran. It seems to be sheer coincidence that one came to live in Curran, Edendork.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt Fanny lived in Curran, Dungannon for a time. There are two Curran townlands in the Dungannon area, one near Benburb and another near Edendork.
05/03/2018 Nurse Fanny Shortt It is believed Frances Fanny Shortt was born on 11th May 1888 in Doagh, County Antrim (GRONI Ref. U/1888/5/1001/11/323).
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