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10921   Private William John Whitley
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/01/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 12/10/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
William John Whitley was the eldest son of James and Alice Whitley. He was born about 1890 in County Northumberland, England. The family lived in Charlemont Street in Moy, Tyrone. His father and mother run a boarding house. Williams place of birth is given as Co Northumbold. William John Whitley enlisted in Armagh. Private William John Whitley was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) when he was killed in action on 12th October 1916 in France.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 15A
CWGC Casualty 821220
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 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
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1 1901 Census lists Whitley family Lists William J as age 11 living with the family at house 23 in Charlemont St, Moy, Tyrone
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Moy Whitley, James, refreshment rooms, Charlemont street
3 1911 Census lists Whitley family Does not list William as living with the family at house 19 in Charlemont St, Moy, Tyrone
4 Forum discussion (GWF) Discussion on the different Moy Whitleys
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023