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2599   Private William David Glenn
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/03/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Died: 01/02/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
William David Glenn was the son of James and Rebecca Glenn. William was born in Ballygawley about 1889. James Glenn was a farmer. The family lived in Drumcullion, Favor Royal, County Tyrone. William is listed on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial so itís possible he emigrated to Canada before the war. William Glenn enlisted in Omagh. Private William David Glenn was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action in France on 1st February 1915.
Further Information
William David Glenn was the son of James and Rebecca Glenn. James Glenn and Rebecca McCoy were married on 21st July 1880 in the district of Dungannon.
William was born in Ballygawley about 1889.
Known family: James Glenn, Rebecca Glenn, Unknown sister (born 3rd March 1881), Eliza Glenn (born 10th October 1882), Margaret Glenn (born 18th December 1885), James Glenn (born 20th July 1887), William David Glenn (born about 1890).
The 1901 census records William David as a 12 year old scholar. James Glenn was a farmer. The family lived in Drumcullion, Favor Royal, County Tyrone.
William is not listed as living with his parents in the 1911 census.
William is listed on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. It is possible William Glenn emigrated to Canada before the war. The alternative would be that he was born in Canada, as no GRONI record can be found.
William Glenn returned to Ireland to enlist in Omagh.
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Private William Glenn arrived in France with the Irish Guards on 5th January 1915.
Private William David Glenn was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action in France on 1 February 1915. He was aged 26.
Private William D Glenn is buried in Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, 10 kilometres east of Bethune in France.
The CWGC records William David Glenn as the son of James and Rebecca Anne Glenn of Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
Private William Glenn is listed on page 12 of the Ballygawley War Dead book, compiled by Drew Robinson.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Drumcullion, Favor Royal Augher Census listing in Drumcullion, Favor Royal 54.436905 -7.092419
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
21/07/1880 M McCoy Rebecca Parent M/1880/T1/1414/2/64
21/07/1880 M Glenn James Parent M/1880/T1/1414/2/64
03/03/1881 B Glenn Not Capt F Sibling U/1881/102/1026/5/298 Gleen, McCay
10/10/1882 B Glenn Eliza Sibling U/1882/102/1026/5/478 McCay
18/12/1885 B Glenn Margaret Sibling U/1885/102/1026/6/217 Glen
20/07/1887 B Glenn James Sibling U/1887/102/1026/7/102 McKay
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Glenn Family Lists William as age 11, living with the family at house 1 in Drumcullion, Favor Royal, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists 'Glynn' Family Does not list William as living with the family at house 5 in Drumcullion, Favor Royal, Tyrone
3 Ancestry Forum discussion Enlisted in Omagh, Killed in action
4 BillionGraves.com Photo of William David Glenn's gravestone
5 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of William David Glenn
6 FindAGrave.com Photo of William David Glenn's gravestone
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of William David Glenn's gravestone can be purchased here
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