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07/11/2021 Thomas McMinn is also commemorated locally on Carland Presbyterian Church at Gortnaglush Road, Carland. The headstone inscription reads:
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07/11/2021 In loving memory of Samuel McMinn, Crossdernott, who died 12th February 1917, Also his son Thomas, who lost his life in France, 15th September 1916. Also his wife, Margatreret J, who died 26th January 1940. Also his son Hugh, 30th January 1965.
03/10/2021
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03/10/2021 On enlistment, he gave his occupation as ploughman. He was working and living in Chertsey, New Zealand for Mr A Doig, possibly Andrew Doig.
25/09/2021 Thomas McMinn was born 16th April 1885 in Crossdernot Rock, Dungannon, He was one of eleven children, all born in the Dungannon area.
25/09/2021 Thomas McMinn was the son of Samuel and Margaret Jane McMinn. Samuel McMinn and Margaret Steenson were married on 21st September 1877 in the district of Dungannon.
25/09/2021 Known family: Samuel McMinn, Margaret McMinn, Mary Jane McMinn (born 8th October 1878), Samuel McMinn (born 15th February 1881), John McMinn (born 17th March 1883), Thomas McMinn (born 16th April 1885), Hugh McMinn (born 5th October 1887), Jeremiah McMinn (born 15th February 1890), Ann McMinn (born 24th August 1892), Margaret McMinn (born 12th December 1894), Richard McMinn (born 12th May 1897), Catherine McMinn (born 16th September 1900), Joseph McMinn (born 14th December 1902).
25/09/2021 The 1901 census lists Thomas as age 15 living with his family at house 5 in Crossdernot, Tyrone. They were a farming family. Thomas has left school.
25/07/2016 Thomas McMinn enlisted at Trentham Military Camp, near Wellington in New Zealand on 15th October 1915. He was 30 years old.
30/12/2015
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30/12/2015 Mr Samuel McMinn, Crossdernot, received a telegram on Saturday afternoon intimating that his son, Rifleman Thomas McMinn, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, has been killed in action.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census does not list Thomas as living with his family at house 11 in Crossdernot, Tyrone. The family were still farming.
30/12/2015 Thomas emigrated to New Zealand.
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30/12/2015 After training, Rifleman Thomas McMinn embarked for Suez, Egypt with C Company, 4th Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 5 February 1916 from Wellington, New Zealand.
30/12/2015 Rifleman Thomas McMinn was serving with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade when he was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916. He was 31 years old.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Rifleman McMinn as the son of Mrs M. J McMinn of Crossdernot Rock, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 5 October 1916:
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 7th October 1916: Rifleman McMinn
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30/12/2015 Mr Samuel McMinn, Crossdernot, Donaghmore, County Tyrone, received a telegram on Saturday afternoon intimating that his son, Rifleman Thomas McMinn, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, had been killed in action on 16th September. The deceased soldier had emigrated to Australia a few years ago.
30/12/2015 Rifleman Thomas McMinn has no known grave and is commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery in the Somme in France.
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