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27/08/2021 Richard McCourt was born on 17th August 1890 in the Benburb area. He was one of at least four children.
27/08/2021 Richard James McCourt was the son of James and Eliza McCourt. James McCourt and Elizabeth Conlan were married on 12th June 1877 in the district of Dungannon.
27/08/2021 It seems that by 1893, the family had moved to Belfast.
27/08/2021 Known family: James McCourt, Eliza McCourt, Margaret McCourt (born 6th May 1878, Benburb), Mary McCourt (born 4th September 1879, Benburb), Richard James McCourt (born 17th August 1890, Benburb), Thomas John McCourt (born 25th September 1893, Belfast).
27/08/2021 Richard McCourt and Charlotte Wylie were married on 24th June 1914 in Belfast.
27/08/2021 There is a GRONI reference to the death of a Charlotte McCourt, age 22, just a few months later on 13th November 1914 in Belfast.
27/08/2021 Private Richard McCourt arrived in the Balkans with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 10th July 1915.
27/08/2021 As no will was found, there were some problems in sorting out beneficiaries.
27/08/2021 Private Richard McCourt has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, on the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.
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30/12/2015 “Sir, as far I remember, I sent you the exact words used by my deceased brother Private Richard McCourt and I really cannot explain to you any further as both myself and my mother has already told you the truth. We cannot explain any plainer to you only what we have already done These were the exact words used by him in the presence of my mother, my youngest brother and myself. All that was present on 16th day of November 1914 at 25 Upper Charleville Street, Belfast, that in case anything should happen to him, either at home or abroad, that his mother was entitled to anything belonging to him. If anything should happen to her that I, his eldest sister and married sister and younger and only brother was to have all divided between us three. This was his exact words used after his wife's death as no family was left. I am truthfully yours. Margaret McCourt, 25 Upper Charleville Street, Belfast.“
30/12/2015 Richard McCourt enlisted in Belfast.
30/12/2015 Private Richard McCourt was serving with ‘C’ Company, 5th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Gallipoli when he was killed in action on 15th August 1915.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private McCourt as the son of Mrs Eliza McCourt of 25 Upper Charleville Street, Belfast.
30/12/2015 The CWGC also record Private McCourt as the husband of the late Charlotte McCourt.
30/12/2015 At the Somme Heritage Centre near Newtownards, County Down, there is a plaque from the Agnes Street Presbyterian Church, Shankill. Private Richard McCourt is one of the soldiers listed.
30/12/2015 Last Will and Testament - Answer 11th April 1917:
30/12/2015 The 1911 census lists Richard James as age 21 living with the family in Charleville Street, Upper, Shankill, Antrim. Richard worked as a house painter. His mother was a widow.
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