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17505   Private William Fleming
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/03/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
William Fleming was the son of Margaret Fleming. James was born about 1894 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. William Fleming enlisted in Fivemiletown. He was living in Clogher at the time. Private William Fleming was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Saturday 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was 22 years old. Williamís brother James also died in the war. Private James Fleming was killed in action in France 20 months earlier on Wednesday 16th September 1914.
Further Information
William Fleming was the son of Margaret Fleming.
William was born about 1894 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
The 1901 census possibly lists William as age 7, living with the family at house 56 in Main Street, Augher, County Tyrone. His mother was a general servant.
The 1911 census possibly lists William as age 16, living with the family at house 5 in Knocknacarney, Aghintain, County Tyrone. Knocknacarney lies west of Clogher. Willie was a farm servant.
William was a member of Timpany L.O.L. No. 889.
Clogher Main Street
William Fleming enlisted in Fivemiletown. He was living in Clogher at the time.
Medal card
Private William arrived in France with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 5th October 1915.
Private William Fleming was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Saturday 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was 22 years old.
William's brother James also died in the war. Private James Fleming was killed in action in France 20 months earlier on Wednesday 16th September 1914.
Private Fleming is buried in Connaught Cemetery at Thiepval. His inscription reads: ASLEEP IN JESUS BLESSED SLEEP FROM WHICH NONE EVER WAKE TO WEEP
Private William Fleming is commemorated locally on both Clogher War Memorial and on Fivemiletown War Memorial. Private William Fleming is also commemorated on Timpany L.O.L. No. 889 Roll of Honour.
The CWGC record Private Fleming as the son of Mrs Margret Fleming of Tulnavert, Clogher, County Tyrone.
Private William Fleming is listed on page 27 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 Tulnavert Clogher CWGC lists mother living in Tulnavert 54.408691 -7.20412
2 Knocknacarney Fivemiletown Census listing in Knocknacarney 54.425813 -7.281608
3 Main Street, Augher Augher Census listing in Main St, Augher 54.429666 -7.131111
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1 1901 census lists Fleming family Possibly lists William as age 7 living with the family at house 56 in Main Street, Augher, Tyrone
2 1911 census lists Fleming family Possibly lists William as age 16 living with the family at house 5 in Knocknacarney, Aghintain, Tyrone
3 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private William Fleming's gravestone
4 Corporal James Alfred Fleming Brother of Private William Fleming
5 Flickr photos Photo of Private William Fleming's gravestone
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here - 17508
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private William Fleming's gravestone can be purchased here
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