Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
16132   Private William James Stratton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/12/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/09/1892
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
William James Stratton was the son of William John and Jane Stratton. He was born on 1st September 1892 in Derrycurry, County Armagh. He was one of ten children. The 1911 census records William as 18 years old. Like his father he was a labourer at Derrylee, Killyman. He was living in Glasslough, County Monaghan when he enlisted. Private William James Stratton was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme, 
Grave Ref: Face 4D-5B
CWGC Casualty 1555015
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 - WWI - Panel 3 Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Armagh Dead in the Great War 159
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Stratton family Lists William James as age 18 living with the family at house 5 in Derrylee, Killyman, Armagh
2 Photo of Private William James Stratton's inscription
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of William James Stratton
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 - Derrygally Townland of Derrygally, near Killyman
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023