Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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11/12/2021 Family: James Stafford, Bridget Stafford, David James Stafford (born 11th January 1890), Francis Stafford (born 29th August 1892).
11/12/2021 David James Stafford was born on 11th January 1890 in the Benburb area. He was the older of two sons.
11/12/2021 David Stafford was the oldest son of James and Bridget Stafford. James Stafford and Brigid Cullen were married on 2nd February 1888 in the district of Dungannon.
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30/12/2015 Private David Stafford has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, on the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.
30/12/2015 The CWGC records Private David Stafford as the son of James Stafford of Sanaghanroe, Eglish, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 Private David Stafford was killed in action on 10th August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey.
30/12/2015 The 6th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers was formed at Naas in August 1914 as part of K1 and attached to 30th Brigade in 10th (Irish) Division. In May 1915 the battalion moved to Basingstoke, England. On 11 July 1915 they embarked at Devonport and sailed to Gallipoli via Mytilene. They landed at Suvla Bay 7th August 1915.
30/12/2015 The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac.
30/12/2015 David Stafford enlisted in Hamilton, Scotland with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records David as 11 years old. His father James was a farmer. They lived at house 9 in Sanaghanroe, Benburb, Tyrone.
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