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17462   Rifleman William Coleman
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 16/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
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Summary      
William Coleman was born in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. William Coleman enlisted in Comber, County Down. Rifleman William Coleman was serving with the 13th Battalion of Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in France in 16 August 1917. Rifleman William Coleman is also commemorated on Comber War Memorial.
Further Information
William Coleman was born in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone about 1891. However, there does not seem to be a GRONI record of this.
The 1901 census lists William as age 10, living at the Olivet Boarding School in Ballygowan. County Down. The home was an orphanage.
The 1911 census lists William as age 20, living at house 2 in Ballyloughan, Comber, Down. He was a farm servant, working for Joseph and Mary Berkeley.
William Coleman enlisted in Comber, County Down.
Medal card
Rifleman William Coleman arrived in France on 3rd October 1915.
Rifleman William Coleman was serving with the 13th Battalion of Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in France in 16th August 1917.
Initially he had no known grave but in 1921 his body was found, exhumed and reinterred. His remains were identified by means of his identity disc.
Rifleman William Coleman is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.
Rifleman William Coleman - Tyne Cot Cemetery
Rifleman William Coleman is commemorated on Comber War Memorial and on the WW1 Roll of Honour in Second Comber Presbyterian Church.
Rifleman William Coleman - Comber War Memorial.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Aughnacloy Aughnacloy Born in Aughnacloy 54.40954 -6.975689
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1 1901 Census lists William Coleman Lists William as age 10, living at the Olivet Boarding School in Ballygowan. County Down
2 1911 Census lists William Coleman Lists William as age 20, living at house 2 in Ballyloughan, Comber, Down
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Rifleman William Coleman's grave
4 Ireland Memorial Record Lists William Coleman from Aughnacloy
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 North Down & Ards War Dead Photo of Comber War Memorial WW1 Plaque
7 North Down & Ards War Dead Details of Rifleman William Coleman
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021