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20677   Private Joseph McCaffrey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 31/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 22/09/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 21
Joseph Fred McCaffery was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Anne McCaffery. Thomas was born about 1896 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. Joseph worded as a tailor’s apprentice. Private Joseph McCaffery was serving with ‘A’ Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was wounded at Passchendaele, where there was a major offensive on the Messines Road at that time. Private McCaffery died of his wounds on 22nd September 1917. He was 21 years old. Private Joseph McCaffery is buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery, just 48kms away from his older brother Thomas McCaffery, who was killed seven months later.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery
  Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave IV-A-7
CWGC Casualty 90001
Coxyde Military Cemetery is located approximately 500 metres beyond the village of Koksijde on the N396 towards De Panne. From Koksijde Dorp the N396, Houtsaegerlaan crosses the Zeelaan and at the same time changes its name to Robert Vandammestraat. 1 Km along the Robert Vandammestraat N369, on the right hand side, lies the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 54
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'McCaffery' family Lists Joseph Fred as age 5 living with the family at house 4 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McCaffrey family Lists Joseph Fred as age 15 living with the family at house 6 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 Photo of Joseph McCaffrey's headstone
4 Forum thread Confirms Thomas McCaffrey and Joseph McCaffrey as brothers
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Charles Joseph McCaffrey
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 Private Thomas McCaffrey Brother of Joseph McCaffrey
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Joseph McCaffrey's gravestone can be purchased here
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