Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
71655   Private John James Durneen
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 28/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: "A" Squadron, North Irish Horse (British Army)
Died: 26/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
John James Durneen was the son of James and Margaret Eleanor Durneen. He was born about 1997 in Clogher. John James worked for Bullock & Co, a draper in Fintona, County Tyrone. He then moved on to work for Mulholland Bros., Cookstown. John enlisted in Antrim about July 1916. Private John James Durneen joined the 5th Army Cyclist Corps the North Irish Horse Regiment 'A' Squadron. Private John James Durneen was killed in action on Tuesday 26 March 1918 near Rubempre He was returning from special reconnaissance work and was instantly killed by a stray shell.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Toutencourt Communal Cemetery
  Toutencourt, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave I-B-2
CWGC Casualty 512474
Toutencourt is found halfway along the D23, Doullens to Corbie road, 18 kilometres south-east of Doullens. The Communal Cemetery is at the entrance to the village along this road from Doullens
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St. Macartan's Cathedral Tablet - WWI Clogher
2 Clogher War Memorial - WWI - North West Face - Panel 1a Clogher
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Durneen family Lists "J J" as age 4 at house 37 in Clogher, Tyrone
2 1911 Census John Durneen Lists John, a drapers' apprentice, as age 14 at house 77 in Main Street, Fintona
3 1911 Census lists Durneen family Does not list John as living with the family at house 29 in Clogher, Tyrone
4 Cookstown War Dead Also listed on Cookstown War Dead
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 North Irish Horse Photo of John James Durneen's gravestone
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John James Durneen's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023