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3790   Private Alexander Skiffington
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 04/12/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 23/12/1889
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
Alexander Skiffington was the son of Alexander and Margaret Skiffington. He was born on 23rd December 1889 in Dungannon. He was the youngest of six children. His father died when he was five years old. Alexander Skiffington and Susan Kerr were married on 8th July 1912 in Dungannon. Private Skiffington arrived in the Balkans with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 16th October 1915. Private Alexander Skiffington was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at the Somme on 1st July 1916.
Further Information
Alexander Skiffington was the son of alexander and Margaret Skiffington. Alexander Skeffington and Margaret Cunningham were married on 27th January 1876 in the district of Dungannon.
Alexander Skiffington was born on 23rd December 1889 in Dungannon. He was the youngest of six children.
Known family: Alexander Skiffington, Margaret Skiffington, John Skiffington (born 11th February 1877, Dungannon), Mary Skiffington (born 14th September 1879, Dungannon), Ann Skiffington (born 6th August 1882, Belfast), Patrick Skiffington (born 1st January 1885, Belfast), Peter Skiffington (born 15th May 1887, Dungannon), Alexander Skiffington (born 23rd December 1889, Dungannon).
Alexander’s father died on 26th July 1895, aged 44, in Dungannon. Alexander would have been five years old.
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.
Alexander’s mother died on 7th December 1910, aged 52, in Dungannon.
The 1911 census records an A Skeffington, age 18, living in Army Barracks at Gortmore, Omagh.
Alexander Skiffington and Susan Kerr were married on 8th July 1912 in Dungannon.
Alex Skiffington enlisted in Dungannon.
Medal card
Private Alexander Skiffington arrived in the Balkans with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 16th October 1915.
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.
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.
Private Alexander Skiffington has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.
Private Alexander Skiffington is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial
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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
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
27/01/1876 M Cunningham Margaret Parent M/1876/T1/1503/39/83b
27/01/1876 M Skiffington Alexander Parent M/1876/T1/1503/39/83a Skeffington
11/02/1877 B Skiffington John Sibling U/1877/112/1012/10/6 Cunninghan
14/09/1879 B Skiffington Mary Sibling U/1879/112/1012/12/94
06/08/1882 B Skiffington Ann Sibling U/1882/51/1007/26/185
01/01/1885 B Skiffington Patrick Sibling U/1885/51/1007/29/120
18/05/1887 B Skiffington Peter Sibling U/1887/112/1012/16/305
23/12/1889 B Skiffington Alexander Casualty U/1890/112/1012/17/490 Skeffington
26/07/1895 D Skiffington Alexander Parent D/1895/112/1012/18/360 died age 44
07/12/1910 D Skiffington Margaret Parent D/1910/112/1012/25/387 Skeffington, died age 52
08/07/1912 M Kerr Susan Wife M/1912/T1/1503/49/143b
08/07/1912 M Skiffington Alexander Casualty M/1912/T1/1503/49/143a Skeffington
References and Links
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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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