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18-548   Private Thomas Henry Irwin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 12/06/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 58th Battalion, US Army (United States Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/04/1889
Died: 15/07/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Thomas Henry Irwin was the son of George and Eliza Irwin. Thomas was born on 25th April 1889 in Clogher, County Tyrone. The 1901 census lists the family living in Nurchossy Irish, an area midway between Fivemiletown and Clogher. Thomas Irwin arrived in New York as a 20 year old farmer from Fivemiletown in May 1909. His destination is given as Ida, Iowa. Thomas worked as a farmer there until he was drafted. Thomas Irwin arrived in France in May 1918 as part of the 58th Battalion of the US Army. Thomas apparently was one of those early casualties among those men detailed to the French lines. Thomas Irwin was killed in action on 15th July 1918 near Chateau Thierry, France.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Fivemiletown Church of Ireland Churchyard
  Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone
Grave Ref: Unknown
Fivemiletown Church of Ireland Cemetery lies on the Murley Road. If coming from Dungannon, the Murley Road is a right turn at the entrance to the village. The Churchyard is 50m along that road on the right hand side. It is also known as Saint John's Parish Church, Fivemiletown.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St John's Church Fivemiletown - WWI Roll of Honour Fivemiletown
2 Timpany L.O.L. 889 Memorial Tablet - WWI Fivemiletown
3 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 67
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1 1901 Census lists Irwin family Lists Thomas as age 11 living with the family at house 7 in Nurchossy Irish, Ballagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Irwin family Does not lists Thomas as living with the family at house 2 in Relessy, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 Possibly an uncle of Thomas Irwin?
4 Forum discussion on Thomas Irwin Details of Private Thomas Irwin including date of birth
5 Ida, Iowa draft details Details of Thomas Irwin
6 Pioneer Headlines Details of Thomas Irwin
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023