Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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31/05/2020 02597
16/12/2018 Owen had served with army but his period of service had expired before the war broke out.
16/12/2018 At first mass in Donaghmore Catholic Church on Sunday, the Vet Rev Canon J J McCartan, in referring to the sad event, said although a number of his parishioners had been wounded, McGill was the first of them to give his life for his country. He wished to express the congregation’s sincere sorrow and sympathy with the widow and relatives in their bereavement.
16/12/2018 Mrs McGill, Castlecaulfield, received intimation from the War Office that her son, Private Owen McGill, of the First Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, had been killed in action in the fighting in France on 25th September. The deceased soldier had formerly been in the army, but his period of service had expired before the war broke out and he volunteered for service in September 1914, and had been wounded in February last. Prior to the war he took a prominent part in the National Volunteer movement (I.V.F.), and was drill instructor of the Annaghmakeown Company. The deceased is the first soldier from Castlecaulfield to be killed in the present war.
16/12/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th October 1915: Private Owen McGill
30/12/2015 Last Will and Testament of Owen McGill:
30/12/2015 The 1911 census records Owen as age 35 living with his wife and family at house 5 in Castlecaulfield Town, Tyrone. He was working as an insurance agent. His wife Jane was a linen spinner. They had three children and had been married 13 years, implying they were married about 1898.
30/12/2015 Family: Owen McGill (born about 1876), Jane McGill (born about 1877), Owen McGill (born about 1903 in Belfast), John Chrysstour McGill (born about 1907), Mary Ann McGill 1 (born about 1910).
30/12/2015 Owen McGill was a drill instructor of the Annaghmakeown Company of the Irish National Volunteers. (I.N.V.).
30/12/2015 Owen McGill enlisted in Holywood, County Down in September 1914. He was living in the Dungannon area.
30/12/2015 Rifleman Owen McGill was serving with ‘B’ Company of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in France on Saturday 25th September 1915. He was 39 years old.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Rifleman Owen McGill as the husband of Jane McGill of 21 St James Place, Belfast.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 21st October 1915
30/12/2015 Owen McGill was born in Donaghmore, County Tyrone about 1876.
30/12/2015 Mrs Magill, Castlecaulfield, has received intimation that her husband, Private Owen Magill, 1st Irish Rifles, was killed in action in France last month. Private Magill was drill instructor of the Annaghmakeown Co. I.N.V.
30/12/2015 In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my wife Jane McGill of Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone. Signed 19th December 1914 Owen McGill.
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