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23553   Private John McNally
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 24/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/09/1886
Died: 06/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Summary      
John McNally was a son of John and Harriet McNally He was born 10th September 1886 at Derry, Coalisland. He was one of seven children, all born in the Coalisland area. The 1911 census shows John as 24 years old. He is living with the family at Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone. John is working as a cotton drawer-in. John enlisted in Coalisland. He was originally with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (20307) but was transferred to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private John McNally was killed in action in the Somme region on 6th September 1916.
Further Information
John McNally was a son of John and Harriet McNally John McNally and Harriet Darby were married on 7th July 1874 in the district of Dungannon.
John McNally was born 10th September 1886 at Derry, Coalisland. He was one of seven children, all born in the Coalisland area.
Family: John McNally, Harriet McNally, Mary McNally (born 16th April 1875), Peter McNally (born 26th September 1876), Charles McNally (born 10th June 1880), Catherine McNally (born 20th September 1882), James Joseph McNally (born 8th September 1884), John McNally (born 10th September 1886), Michael McNally (born 19th July 1888).
The 1901 census records John as 14 years old. He was living with the family at Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone. He had left school and was working in a factory. His father is a labourer.
The 1911 census shows John as 24 years old. He was still living with the family at Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone. John worked as a cotton drawer-in for Ledlie Clark & Co., a weaving factory in Coalisland.
Coalisland Weaving Mill, Ledlie Clark & Co
The photo above is believed to be a photo of the staff of Coalisland Weaving Mill, Ledlie Clark & Co. The photo was taken in 1909.
John enlisted in Coalisland. He was originally with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (20307) but was transferred to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Medal card
Private John McNally was killed in action in the Somme region on Wednesday 6th September 1916. He was four days short of his 30th birthday.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 5 October 1916:
Newspaper report
Intimation has been received by Mr John McNally, Derry, Coalisland, that his son, Private John McNally, Irish Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 6th September. Prior to volunteering he was in the employment of Messrs L Clark & Sons.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 7th October 1916: Private McNally Coalisland
Newspaper report
Mr John McNally, Derry, Coalisland, has received the distressing intimation that his son, Private John McNally, Royal Irish Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 6th September. Prior to volunteering the deceased soldier was in the employment of Messrs. L Clark & Sons Ltd, Coalisland..
Private John McNally's 'death penny'
Private John McNally is buried in Quarry Cemetery in Montauban in France. It lies about ten kilometres east of Albert.
Private John McNally in Quarry Cemetery
Private John McNally in Quarry Cemetery
Private John McNally is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private John McNally as the son of John and Harriet McNally of Derry, Coalisland, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Derry, Tullyniskane Coalisland Census listing in Derry, Tullyniskane 54.540953 -6.722188
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
07/07/1874 M Darby Harriet Parent M/1874/T1/1503/38/82b Derby
07/07/1874 M McNally John Parent M/1874/T1/1503/38/82a
16/04/1875 B McNally Mary Sibling U/1875/110/1012/8/39 McAnally
26/09/1876 B McNally Peter Sibling U/1876/110/1012/8/431 McAnally
10/06/1880 B McNally Charles Sibling U/1880/110/1012/11/137 McAnally
20/09/1882 B McNally Catherine Sibling U/1882/110/1012/12/126 McAnally
08/09/1884 B McNally James Sibling U/1884/110/1012/14/26 McAnally
10/09/1886 B McNally John Casualty U/1886/110/1012/15/168 McAnally
19/07/1888 B McNally Michael Sibling U/1888/110/1012/16/286 McAnally, Derby
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McNally family Lists John as age 14 living with the family at house 7 in Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Dungannon Clark, Ledlie, & Co., weaving factory, Coalisland
3 1911 Census lists McNally family Lists John as age 24 living with the family at house 4 in Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
4 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private John McNally's headstone
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of John McNally's headstone can be purchased here.
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