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23583   Private Francis Skelton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 03/05/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
Francis Skelton was the son of William and Anne Skelton. Francis was born in Moy, County Tyrone about 1891. Francis raised by his grandparents and latterly by his aunt. Private Francis Skelton was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Thursday 3rd May 1917. He was 26 years old. The CWGC record Private Skelton as the son of William and Anne Skelton, of 23 Sinclair Street, Greenock, Scotland.
Further Information
Francis Skelton was the son of William and Anne Skelton. Francis was born in Moy, County Tyrone about 1891.
The 1901 census list Francis as 8 years old living his grandparents at house 15 in Maghery, Tartaraghan, Armagh.
The 1911 census list Francis as 19 years old living with the Campbell family at house 9 in Maghery, Tartaraghan, Armagh. John and Mary Campbell were his uncle and aunt. Francis worked as a labourer.
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Private Francis Skelton was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Thursday 3rd May 1917. He was 26 years old.
In is will, Private Francis Skelton left all his money and effects to his aunt, Mary Campbell, who seems to have raised him.
Last Will and Testament of Francis Skelton:
In the event of my death, I hereby will and bequeath all my money and effects to the above named. Next of kin, Mary Campbell, Derrylea P.O., Maghery via Moy, County Armagh. Signed Francis Skelton, Private, 19th September 1916.
The CWGC record Private Skelton as the son of William and Anne Skelton, of 23 Sinclair Street, Greenock, Scotland.
Private Skelton is NOT on the list of Greenock War Dead.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moy Moy Born in Moy 54.448335 -6.697204
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1 1901 Census lists Francis Skelton Lists Francis as 8 years old living with the Campbell family at house 15 in Maghery, Tartaraghan, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists Francis Skelton Lists Francis as 19 years old living with the Campbell family at house 9 in Maghery, Tartaraghan, Armagh
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Francis Skelton
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Francis Skelton's gravestone can be purchased here
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