9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Irwin (Irvine) McDowell was the son of James and Eliza McDowell of Clogher, County Tyrone. He was born about 1895 in Clogher. The 1901 census records ‘Irvan’ as 5 years old. The 1911 census shows ‘Irwin’ to be 16 years old. He was working as a general labourer. He was still living with the family in Clogher Tenements. Irvine McDowell enlisted in his home town of Clogher. Lance Corporal Irvine McDowell was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was 21.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"