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   Captain Vincent Andrews Acheson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/12/1887
Died: 09/10/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Vincent Andrews Acheson was born on 13 December 1887. Vincent was the son of David and Sarah Acheson of Drumreany, Castlecaulfield. Vincent had an older brother Frank D Acheson, who was born around.1880. Vincent studied at Lurgan and then at St Andrews College, Dublin. He captained Dungannon Rugby Club. On the death of his father in 1912, he took charge of the Castlecaulfield factory, the linen manufacturing firm trading as Acheson & Smith Limited. He later married Agnes Swan, of Broughty Ferry (near Dundee) , Scotland. They had a son, David. On the outbreak of the war, he had at once volunteered and had joined the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as a private. He soon obtained a commission in January 1915, was appointed Captain, and in the succeeding autumn, gained his company. Captain Vincent A. Acheson died during the Salonika Campaign, on 10th September, 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Struma Military Cemetery
  Kalokastro, Strymoniko
Grave Ref: Grave IV-E-8
CWGC Casualty 332900
Struma Military Cemetery is 65 kilometres north-east of Thessaloniki, before the village of Kalokastro and on the way to Serres town. Access is by a sign-posted track.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church - WWI Roll of Honour Castlecaulfield
2 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 1 Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Acheson family Does not list Vincent as living at house 5 in Drumreany, Castlecaulfield, Tyrone
2 1901 Census lists Vincent as boarder Lists Vincent Andrew as boarder, age 13 at house 21.2 in Stephens Green North (Mansion House, Dublin)
3 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Castlecaulfield Lists 2 entries for Acheson. Vincent's father may have been a J.P.
4 1911 Census lists Acheson family Lists Vincent A, a Linen Manufacturer and Merchant, as age 23 living at house 8 in Drumreany, Castlecaulfield
5 Book: Linen Houses of Bann Valley: Information on the Acheson & Smith linen firm
6 Craigavon Historical Society Lists Vincent on Lurgan College War Memorial
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
8 Presbyterian ROH Castlecaulfield Vincent A Acheson, killed in action
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Vincent A Acheson's headstone can be purchased here.
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