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18542   Private Thomas McClelland
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Dated added: 20/01/2022   Last updated: 21/01/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 21/03/1895
Died: 11/05/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Thomas McClelland was the son of James and Elizabeth McClelland (nee Leslie). He was born on 21st March 1895 in Middletown, near Caledon. He was one of nine children. Private Thomas McClelland arrived in France with Royal Irish Fusiliers on 21st June 1915. Private Thomas McClelland was serving with 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 11th May 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Roeux British Cemetery
  Arras, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave D-56
CWGC Casualty 533556
Roeux is a village 13 kilometres east of Arras. Roeux was built over a system of caves which helped to make its capture in 1917 exceptionally difficult. It was attacked by the 9th (Scottish) Division without success on 12 April. The chemical works close to the railway station were taken by the 51st (Highland) Division on 22 April, and after incessant fighting the village was cleared by the same Division on 14 May. The chemical works were lost on 16 May, and it was finally taken by the 51st Division on the following 26 August. Roeux British Cemetery was made by fighting units between April and November 1917.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Caledon Church Of Ireland - WWI Roll of Honour Caledon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Armagh Dead in the Great War 110
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1 1901 Census lists 'McCleeland' family Lists Thomas as age 6 living with the family at house 49 in Middletown, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists McClelland family Lists Thomas as age 16 living with the family at house 3 in Middletown, Armagh
3 Photo of Private Thomas McClelland's gravestone
4 Photo of Private Thomas McClelland's gravestone
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas McClelland's gravestone can be purchased here
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