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20139   Private David Sands
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 28/11/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/09/1894
Died: 31/01/1917 (Died of Illness)
Age: 22
David Sands was the youngest son of James and Catherine Sands. He was born on 7th September 1893. He was one of nine children, all born in Dungannon. The family lived at Mullaghanagh, on the outskirts of Dungannon. His father was a farm labourer. David worked on the Ranfurly Estate in Dungannon. Private David Sands contracted dysentery at Gallipoli. Private David Sands was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died in France of bronchitis on 31st January 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Grove Town Cemetery
  Meaulte, Somme
Grave Ref: Grave II-M-43
CWGC Casualty 31687
Meaulte is a village just south of Albert. From Albert head south-east on the D329 in the direction of Bray-sur-Somme. Just before the main buildings for the Aerobus turn right for the centre of Meaulte. Approximately 200 metres west of the church, take the road south "rue de Etinehem" Continue south past Meaulte Military Cemetery, and approximately 2.3 kilometres further on turn left (eastwards) Grove Town Cemetery is 600 metres along on the right side of this track.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St Annes Church Of Ireland - WWI Dungannon
2 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Sands family Lists David as age 7 living with the family at house 1 in Mullaghanagh, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Sands family Lists David as age 17 living with the family at house 2 in Mullaghanagh, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
3 Brother - Patrick Sands Brother of David Sands
4 County Tyrone Militia Lists David Sandes as being in hosptial
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private David Sands' headstone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023