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3790   Private Alexander Skiffington
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Alex Skiffington was the son of Margaret Skiffington. He was born in Dungannon about 1890. The 1901 census records Alexander as 11 years old. He was at school. His mother had been born in India and was a widow. The family lived at Barrack Street, Dungannon, Tyrone. The 1911 census records an A Skeffington, age 18, living in Army Barracks at Gortmore, Omagh. Alex Skiffington enlisted in Dungannon.Private Alexander Skiffington was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916. He was aged about 26.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 4D-5B
CWGC Casualty 1553214
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"
Local Memorial Details

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1 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
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1 1901 Census lists Skiffington family Lists Alexander as age 11 living with the family at house 4 in Barrack Street, Dungannon
2 1911 Census lists A. Skeffington Lists A. Skeffington as age 18 living in Army Barracks at Gortmore, Omagh
3 1911 Census lists Skiffington family Does not list Alexander as living with his wife and child at house 18 in Railway View, Dungannon, Tyrone
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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