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20783   Sergeant John Irvine M.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/03/1890
Died: 06/12/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
John Irvine was the eldest son of Thomas and Magdalene Irvine. He was born on 31st March 1890. He was the oldest of at least eight children, all born in the Fivemiletown area. They were a farming family that lived in Beagh. John was a member of Timpany L.O.L. No. 889 and served as Worshipful Master in 1914. Sergeant John Irvine was awarded the Military Medal in August 1917, after the Battle of Messines. Sergeant John Irvine M.M. was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Thursday 6th December 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cambrai Memorial
  Louverval, Nord, 
Grave Ref: Panel 5-6
CWGC Casualty 1754215
The Cambrai Memorial stands on a terrace in Louverval Military Cemetery, which is situated on the north side of the N30, south of Louverval village. Louverval is 13 kilometres north-east of Bapaume and 16 kilometres south-west of Cambrai.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Clogher War Memorial - WWI - South West Face - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Clogher
2 Fivemiletown Methodist Church Roll Of Honour Fivemiletown
3 Timpany L.O.L. 889 Memorial Tablet - WWI Fivemiletown
4 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 58
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Irvine family Lists John as age 11 living with the family at house 4 in Beagh, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Irvine family Lists John as age 21 living with the family at house 3 in Beagh, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 BBC News - Fivemiletown Memorial Photo of Sergeant John Irvine M.M.
4 Cousin - Corp Thomas A Irvine Cousin of Sergeant John Irvine M.M.
5 London Gazette - 21/08/1917 Supplement: 30243 Page: 8644 - Military Medal
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 National Archives UK Military Medal Card can be purchased here
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