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41530   Private Joseph Coulter M.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/12/1893
Died: 07/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
Summary      
Joseph Coulter was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Coulter of Mullaghfad, Cooneen, Fivemiletown. He was born in Fivemiletown about 1894. The 1901 census records Joseph as 7 years old. The family is living at Mullaghfad, Fermanagh. Thomas Coulter is a farmer. The 1911 census records Joseph as 17 years old. He is working on his fatherís farm. He is still living with the family at Mullaghfad, Fermanagh. Joseph Coulter enlisted in Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone. Private Joseph Coulter was previously with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron), Service No. 150, and 2nd Regiment of the North Irish Horse before joining the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private Joseph Coulter was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Belgium. The exact date of death is unknown but he died between 1 and 7 October 1918. He was 24. Private Joseph Coulter was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.)
Private Joseph Coulter M.M.
Further Information
Joseph Coulter was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Anne Coulter. Thomas Coulter married Eliza Robinson on 12th June 1879 in the district of Fermanagh.
Joseph was born in the Brookeborough area of County Fermanagh on 8th December 1893. The family lived in Mullaghfad, Cooneen, midway between Brookeborough and Fivemiletown.
Family: Thomas Coulter, Eliza Anne Coulter, William Coulter (born 13th December 1880), Sarah Coulter (born 30th April 1882), Annie Coulter (born 25th November 1883), Rebecca Jane Coulter (born 8th May 1885) , Samuel Coulter (born 27th July 1886), Robert James Coulter (born 8th February 1888), Joseph Coulter (born 8th December 1893), William Thomas (born 25th September 1897), John Alfred Coulter (born 13th January 1900), Charles Coulter (born 11th May 1906).
The 1901 census records Joseph as 7 years old. Joseph and his family were living at Mullaghfad, Fermanagh. Thomas Coulter was a farmer.
The 1911 census records Joseph as 17 years old. He was working on his fatherís farm. He was living with the family at Mullaghfad.
Joseph Coulter enlisted in Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone.
Private Joseph Coulter served with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron), Service No. 150, for a time.
Medal card
Private Joseph Coulter arrived in France on 5th October 1915.
Joseph also served with the 2nd Regiment of the North Irish Horse before joining the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Medal card - Military Medal
Private Joseph Coulter was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.)
Private Joseph Coulter was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Belgium. The exact date of death is unknown but he died between 1 and 7 October 1918. He was 24.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 22nd November 1918:
Lance Corporal Joseph Coulter, M.M., son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Coulter, Mullaghfad, Fivemiletown, killed in action.
In his will, Joseph left all to his mother, Elizabeth Anne Coulter, who was living at Mullaghfad, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
Last Will and Testament of Lance Corporal Joseph Coulter dated 25th May 1918:
In the event of my death, I assign all pay to me to my mother, Elizabeth Anne Coulter, Mullaghfad, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Ireland. Signed J Coulter, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Reg No 41430.
Private Joseph Coulter M.M. is buried at Dadizeele New British Cemetery, sixteen kilometres east of Ypres in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Joseph Coulter M. M gravestone
The CWGC record Private Joseph Coulter M.M. as the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Coulter of Mullaghfad, Cooneen, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Mullaghfad, Cooneen Fivemiletown Census listing in Mullaghfad 54.348103 -7.250905
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
12/06/1879 M Robinson Eliza Parent M/1879/V1/1504/1/67
12/06/1879 M Coulter Thomas Parent M/1879/V1/1504/1/67
18/05/1880 B Coulter Esther Sibling U/1880/151/1019/6/248
13/12/1880 B Coulter William Sibling U/1881/151/1019/6/338
13/07/1881 B Coulter Mary Sibling U/1881/151/1019/6/411
30/04/1882 B Coulter Sarah Sibling U/1882/151/1019/6/490
08/05/1885 B Coulter Rebecca Sibling U/1885/151/1019/8/108
25/11/1885 B Coulter Annie Sibling U/1883/151/1019/7/187
27/07/1886 B Coulter Samuel Sibling U/1886/151/1019/8/272
08/02/1888 B Coulter Robert Sibling U/1888/151/1019/8/447
08/12/1893 B Coulter Joseph Casualty U/1893/151/1019/10/102
25/09/1897 B Coulter William Sibling U/1897/151/1019/11/55
13/01/1900 B Coulter John Sibling U/1900/151/1019/11/293
11/05/1906 B Coulter Charles Sibling U/1906/151/1019/12/472
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1 1901 Census lists Coulter family Lists Joseph as age 7 living with the family at house 2 in Mullaghfad, Fermanagh
2 1911 Census lists Coulter family Lists Joseph as age 17 living with the family at house 5 in Mullaghfad, Fermanagh
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private Joseph Coulter M.M.
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Joseph Coulter M.M.
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 National Archives UK Military Medal Card can be purchased here
7 North Irish Horse Photo of Joseph Coulter's gravestone
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Joseph Coulter's gravestone can be purchased here
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