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3790   Private Alexander Skiffington
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
Alex Skiffington was the son of Margaret Skiffington. He was born in Dungannon about 1890. The 1901 census records Alexander as 11 years old. He was at school. His mother had been born in India and was a widow. The family lived at Barrack Street, Dungannon, Tyrone. The 1911 census records an A Skeffington, age 18, living in Army Barracks at Gortmore, Omagh. Alex Skiffington enlisted in Dungannon.Private Alexander Skiffington was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916. He was aged about 26.
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Alex Skiffington was the son of Margaret Skiffington. He was born in Dungannon about 1890.
Barrack Street, Dungannon
The 1901 census records Alexander as 11 years old. He was at school. His mother had been born in India and was a widow. The family lived at Barrack Street, Dungannon, Tyrone.
The 1911 census records an A Skeffington, age 18, living in Army Barracks at Gortmore, Omagh.
Alex Skiffington enlisted in Dungannon.
Medal card
Private Alexander Skiffington was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916. He was aged about 26.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 17 August 1916:
The official list of soldiers killed in action contains the name of Private Alexander Skeffington, Inniskilling Fusiliers, whose young wife and family reside at Railway View, Dungannon. He was a cattle drover and had been called up on the reserve.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 19th August 1916: Private Skeffington
The official list of soldiers killed in action contains the name of Private Alexander Skeffington, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, whose young wife and family reside at Railway View, Dungannon. He was a cattle driver, and on the outbreak of war had been called up with the Special Reserve.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Barrack Street (No 4) Dungannon Central Census listing in Barrack Street 54.502496 -6.771936
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1 1901 Census lists Skiffington family Lists Alexander as age 11 living with the family at house 4 in Barrack Street, Dungannon
2 1911 Census lists A. Skeffington Lists A. Skeffington as age 18 living in Army Barracks at Gortmore, Omagh
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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