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14589   Private William John Barrett
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 27/11/1892
Died: 13/08/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 24
William John Barrett was the son of John and Elizabeth Barrett. William was born on 27th November 1892. He was one of nine children, all born in the Fivemiletown area. The 1901 census records William as 8 years old, living with the family at Aghinlark, Cole, Tyrone. Johnís father was a labourer. By the 1911 census William was 18 and single. He had left home and was working as a servant for the Cowan family at Mullaghmore, Fivemiletown, Tyrone. Private William John Barrett was serving with the 9th battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds on 13th August 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Mendinghem Military Cemetery
  Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen
Grave Ref: Grave IV-E-10
CWGC Casualty 436897
Mendinghem Military Cemetery is located 17 Kms north-west of Ieper town centre on the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge and on to Oost-Cappel. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching the ring road of Poperinge R33 Europalaan, the left hand clockwise route circles the town of Poperinge and rejoins the N308 towards Oost-Cappel. 6.5 Kms after joining the N308 lies the village of Proven. The cemetery is located 500 metres beyond the village of Proven on the left hand side of the road (which at this point is called Roesbruggestraat).
Local Memorial Details

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1 St John's Church Fivemiletown - WWI Roll of Honour Fivemiletown
2 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 47
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1 1901 Census lists Barrett family Lists William John as age 8 at house 6 in Aghinlark, Cole, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Barrett family Does not list William John as living with the family at house 6 in Aghindarragh West, Cole, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists W J Barrett Lists William John as age 18 at house 1 in Mullaghmore, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of William John Barrett
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private William John Barrett's gravestone can be purchased here
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