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27368   Private Joseph Rafferty
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 08/11/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/12/1893
Died: 09/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
Joseph Rafferty was the son of Daniel and Mary Rafferty. He was born on 19th December 1893 in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh. He later became the foster son of his uncle and aunt, Henry and Eliza Anne Heron. The 1901 census lists Joseph Rafferty as living with the Harren family at house 6 in Aughavoory, Corralongford, County Fermanagh. Joseph Rafferty enlisted in Enniskillen. Private Joseph Rafferty was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Saturday 9th September 1916. He was 21 years old.
Further Information
Joseph Rafferty was the son of Daniel and Mary Rafferty. Daniel Rafferty and Mary Bogue were married on 27th February 1886 in the district of Fermanagh.
Joseph Rafferty was born on 19th December 1893 in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh.
Known family: Daniel Rafferty, Mary Rafferty, Robert Rafferty (born 1st December 1886), Joseph Rafferty (born 19th December 1893).
Joseph Rafferty later became the foster son of his uncle and aunt, Henry and Eliza Anne Heron.
The 1901 census lists Joseph Rafferty as living with the Harren family at house 6 in Aughavoory, Corrylongford, County Fermanagh. Joseph was 7 years old. Henry Harren was a caretaker.
All: Henry Harren, Eliza Anne Harren, Mary Eliza Harren (born about 1890), James Harren (born about 1893), Joseph Harren (born about 1895), Maggie Harren (born about 1897), William Francis Harren (born about 1900), Joseph Rafferty (born about 1894).
The 1911 census does not list Joseph as living with the Haron family at house 3 in Tattenabuddagh, Corralongford, County Fermanagh.
Joseph Rafferty enlisted in Enniskillen. He was living in Fivemiletown at the time.
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Private Joseph Rafferty was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Saturday 9th September 1916.
Private Joseph Rafferty has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Private Joseph Rafferty is commemorated locally on Fivemiletown War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private Rafferty as the foster son of Henry Heron of Tattenabuddagh Cooneen, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
Private Joseph Rafferty is listed on page 38 of the Fivemiletown book, from which most of these details come from. Many thanks to Mark Byers for the information.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Aughavoory, Corrylongford Fivemiletown Census listing in Aughavoory, Corrylongford 54.355456 -7.30319
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'Harren' family Lists Joseph Rafferty as living with the Harren family at house 6 in Aughavoory, Corrylongford, Fermanagh
2 1911 Census lists 'Haron' family Does not list Joseph as living with the Haron family at house 3 in Tattenabuddagh, Corralongford, Fermanagh
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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