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808209   Private William McCollum
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 24/08/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 50th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/01/1882
Died: 19/02/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
William McCollum was the son of James and Martha McCollum. He was born on the 9th January 1882 in Clogher. He was one four children. He became a grocery assistant. The family lived Clogher. His father was a stone mason. William emigrated to Canada where he settled in in Victoria, British Columbia. He was working as a timekeeper. He enlisted in January 1916. Private McCollum was shot in the arm in August 1917 but recovered. Private William McCollum was serving with the 50th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) when he was killed in action in France on 19th February 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Sucrerie Cemetery
  Ablain-St Nazaire, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave II-D-10
CWGC Casualty 561508
Ablain-St. Nazaire is a village approximately 13 kilometres north of Arras. Take the D937 (Bethune Road) to the village of Souchez. Make a left turn along the D57. The cemetery lies 1 kilometre on the left side of this road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St. Macartan's Cathedral Tablet - WWI Clogher
2 Clogher War Memorial - WWI - East Face - Panel 2a Clogher
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McCollum family Lists William as age 19 living with the family at house 13 in Clogher Tenements, Clogher
2 1911 Census lists McCollum family Does not list William as living with the family at house 1 in Clogher Tenements, Clogher
3 Photo of Private William McCollum's grave
4 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private William McCollum
5 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of William McCollum
6 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Lance Private William McCollum's death
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private William McCollum's grave can be purchased here
8 William McCollum Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (40 no.)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023