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27452   Private Charles Harkin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/10/1896
Died: 22/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Charles Harkin was the eldest son of Philip and Susanna Harkin. He was born 7th October 1896 in the Moy area. He was one of five children. His father was an agricultural labourer. The family lived in the Moy / Charlemont area. Private Charles Harkin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. In his will, Charles left all to his mother Susanna Harkin, who was living in Stangmore, Dungannon.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial
  Albert, Somme, 
Grave Ref: Panel 38-40
CWGC Casualty 1582115
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 1 Dungannon
2 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
References and Links
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1 1901 census lists "Harken" family Lists "Charlis" as age 5 at house 31 in Charlemont, Charlemont, Armagh
2 1911 census lists Harkin family Lists Charles as age 14 at house 32 in Charlemont Town, Armagh
3 Photo of Private Charles Harkin's inscription
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Charles Harkin
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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