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29811   Private Thomas McKeown
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 13/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/06/1891
Died: 16/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Thomas McKeown was the second son of William and Isabella McKeown. He was born on 15th June 1891 in Garvaghey, Errigal, Ballygawley. He was one of eleven surviving children, all born in the Ballygawley area. Thomas worked on his fatherís farm. Thomas McKeown enlisted in Omagh. Private Thomas McKeown was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 16th August 1917. Thomas was 26 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: New Irish Farm Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave XVII-B-17
CWGC Casualty 452703
New Irish Farm Cemetery is located to the north-east of the town of Ieper. From the station turn left and follow along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout. Turn right and at the next roundabout turn left into M.Haiglaan. Follow along this road to the traffic lights and at the lights turn right in the direction of Kortrijk (A19). Follow along the expressway to the next set of lights. At these lights turn left into Pilkemseweg, then take the first right into Zwaanhofweg, a small country road. Follow this road to the crossroads and the cemetery is on your right.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Ballygawley War Dead Book 48
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1 1901 Census lists McKeown Family Does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 49 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists 'Keown' Family Lists Thomas as age 20, living with the family at house 51 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Tyrone
3 Brother - Robert McKeown Brother of Thomas McKeown, who also died in the World War One
4 Photo of Thomas McKeown's gravestone
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Thomas McKeown
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas McKeown's grave can be purchased here
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