7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
09/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Joseph Rafferty was the foster son and nephew of Henry and Eliza Anne Heron. Joseph was born about 1895 in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh. The 1901 census lists Joseph Rafferty as living with the Harren family at house 6 in Aughavoory, Corralongford, County Fermanagh. Joseph Rafferty enlisted in Enniskillen. He was living in Fivemiletown at the time. Private Joseph Rafferty was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Saturday 9th September 1916. He was 21 years old.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"