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12202   Private Thomas McCaffrey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/08/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 12/01/1889
Died: 14/04/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Thomas McCaffrey was the son of Thomas and Mary Anne McCaffrey. He was born on 12th January 1889. He was one of seven children, all born in Fivemiletown. The CWGC record Thomas McCaffrey as the husband of Mary McCaffrey of 1 Mercer Street Garston, Liverpool. Private Thomas McCaffrey was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 14th April 1918. Private Thomas McCaffrey is buried in Aval Wood, just 48kms away from his brother Joseph McCaffrey, who was killed seven months earlier.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Aval Wood Military Cemetery
  Vieux-Berquin, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave I-AA-13
CWGC Casualty 540541
Vieux-Berquin is a village 8 Kms south-west of Bailleul and a similar distance south-east of Hazebrouck. Leave the village on the 947 heading for Neuf-Berquin/Estaires. Turn right 800 metres from the centre of the village on the Rue Merville. Continue for 700 metres to the junction and take the right hand fork towards Caudescure on the D69. The Cemetery is another 1.5 Kms along this road on the right hand side.
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 64
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1 1901 Census lists McCaffery family Lists Thomas as age 12 living with the family at house 4 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McCaffrey family Does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 6 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 Brother - Private Joseph McCaffrey Brother of Thomas McCaffrey
4 Photo of Thomas McCaffrey's gravestone
5 Forum thread Confirms Thomas McCaffrey and Joseph McCaffrey as brothers
6 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Thomas McCaffrey, born Fivemiletown
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Thomas McCaffrey's gravestone can be purchased here
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