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27499   Private George Williamson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 10/01/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/02/1895
Died: 29/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
George Williamson was the son of Alexander and Anne Williamson. He was born on 19th February 1895 in Tempo, County Fermanagh. He was one of ten children. The family lived at Pubble near Tempo, County Fermanagh. His father was an agricultural labourer. George Williamson enlisted in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. Private George Williamson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 29th March 1918 in France. He was 23 years old.
Further Information
George Williamson was the son of Alexander and Anne Williamson. Alexander Williamson and Anne Breen were married on 17th September 1880 in the district of Dungannon.
George Williamson was born on 19th February 1895 in Tempo, County Fermanagh. He was one of ten children.
Family: Alexander Williamson, Anne Williamson, Catherine Williamson (born 14th February 1881, Fivemiletown), Emily Williamson (born 29th March 1883, Fivemiletown), Mary Williamson (born 19th May 1885, Brookeborough), William Williamson (born 13th August 1887, Fivemiletown), John Williamson (born 13th June 1890, Tempo), Norah Williamson (born 12th January 1893, Tempo), George Williamson (born 19th February 1895, Tempo), Frederick Williamson (born 20th May 1896, died 5th May 1902, age 6), Robert Williamson (born 6th April 1899, Tempo), Henry Williamson (born 6th October 1901, Tempo).
The 1901 census records George as a 7 year old student. The family was living in Pubble near Tempo, County Fermanagh. His father was an agricultural labourer.
The 1911 census shows the family were now living in Carrownagillagh, Tempo, Fermanagh. Sixteen year old George was working as a farm labourer.
George Williamson enlisted in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
Medal card
1918
Private George Williamson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 29th March 1918 in France. He was 23 years old.
From the Impartial Reporter dated 15th April 1918:
Private George Williamson, son of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Ballinamoney, Tempo, has been killed in action. His elder brother has already been twice wounded. Rev W Edward Fleming, chaplain, wrote to grieved parents: ‘He died a brave soldier at the post of duty’. He also conveyed the sincere sympathy of Colonel Peacock and officers and men of the battalion.
1919
From the Impartial Reporter dated 20th March 1919: Roll of Honour
Private George Williamson, son of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Ballinamoney, Tempo, has been killed in action. His elder brother has already been twice wounded. Rev W Edward Fleming, chaplain, wrote to grieved parents: ‘He died a brave soldier at the post of duty’. He also conveyed the sincere sympathy of Colonel Peacock and officers and men of the battalion.
WILLIAMSON – In sad and loving memory of our dear son, Private George Williamson, killed in action on 29th March 1918. Third son of Alexander and Annie Williamson, Emeroo, Tempo.
‘No mother’s hand did him attend,
Wounded and dying in a stranger’s land,
Nor over him did his father bend,
No father by to take his hand
No sister by to shed a tear
A faithful son, both true and kind
No brother near, his words to hear,
No friend on earth like him we’ll find’
George was a younger brother of John Williamson. Private John Williamson was serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died on 8th September 1919.
Memorials
Private George Williamson is buried in Ham British Cemetery at Muille-Villett in France. His inscription reads: HE DIED THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE
Private George Williamson is commemorated locally on Enniskillen War Memorial.
The CWGC records George as the son of Alexander and Annie Williamson, of Tempo, Co. Fermanagh.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Fivemiletown Fivemiletown Enlisted in Fivemiletown 54.378483 -7.315400
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
17/09/1880 M Breen Anne Parent M/1880/T1/1422/2/93b
17/09/1880 M Williamson Alexander Parent M/1880/T1/1422/2/93a
14/02/1881 B Williamson Catherine Sibling U/1881/111/1026/6/27
29/03/1883 B Williamson Emily Sibling U/1883/111/1026/6/222
19/05/1885 B Williamson Mary Sibling U/1885/151/1019/8/121
13/08/1887 B Williamson William Sibling U/1887/111/1026/7/63
13/06/1890 B Williamson John Sibling U/1890/116/1013/9/88
12/01/1893 B Williamson Norah Sibling U/1893/116/1013/9/394
19/02/1895 B Williamson George Casualty U/1895/116/1013/10/121
20/05/1896 B Williamson Frederick Sibling U/1896/116/1013/10/256 Fredrick
06/04/1899 B Williamson Robert Sibling U/1899/116/1013/11/77
06/10/1901 B Williamson Henry Sibling U/1901/116/1013/11/290
05/05/1902 D Williamson Frederick Sibling D/1902/116/1013/8/3 died age 6
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Williamson family Lists George as age 7 living with the family at house 1 in Pubble, Tempo, Fermanagh
2 1911 Census lists Williamson family Lists George as age 16 living with the family at house 2 in Carrownagillagh, Tempo, Fermanagh
3 Brother - Private John Williamson Brother of Private George Williamson
4 Enniskillen War Memorial G Williamson listed on Memorial
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of George Williamson's headstone can be purchased here.
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