Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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27/11/2016 Lieut Robert McCahon ‘I have been wounded by a shell, but was able to walk to the dressing station. They sent me on to hospital. I am just slightly wounded, but will not be able to walk to the trenches for a few days. I was doing some work, consolidating some mine craters in what was the German line before we blew it up. As we were about to leave a few shells came in, and made things a bit unpleasant for about fifteen minutes.’
27/11/2016 Lieut Robert McCahon Lieutenant Robert McCahon, Royal Engineers, who has been wounded, is a son of Mr Robert McCahon, Kilrea, County Derry, and prior to receiving his commission was on the engineering staff at the City Hall, Belfast. He was educated at Trinity College, where he graduated in arts and engineering. In the course of a letter to his father he says:-
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27/11/2016 Lieut Robert McCahon From the Belfast Newsletter dated 18th March 1916:
27/11/2016 R/man Robert John Watt Mrs Agnew Watt, Portglenone, has received intimation that her son, Rifleman Robert John Watt, 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim Volunteers), has been killed in action.
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27/11/2016 R/man Robert John Watt From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th March 1916:
26/11/2016 L/Corp Robert Graham Private Robert Graham, Durham Light Infantry, a son of Mr Robert Graham, Kilrea, has been killed in action in France.
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26/11/2016 L/Corp Robert Graham From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th March 1916:
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26/11/2016 Sgt. John Devlin Mrs Downey, Leitrim, Toomebridge, has received intimation from a base hospital in France of the death of her son, Sergeant John Devlin, 9th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
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26/11/2016 Sgt. John Devlin From the Belfast Newsletter dated 2nd March 1916:
26/11/2016 Pte. John Bradley Mrs John Bradley, Maghera, has been notified by the War Office that her husband was killed on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 9th August last.
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26/11/2016 Pte. John Bradley From the Belfast Newsletter dated 17th February 1916:
26/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox ‘He went into the charge on the 19th January in the best of spirits’, says the servant of the late Lieutenant Lennox, ‘and was last seen by his men in the German trench bravely fighting hand to hand.’
26/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox 'The men speak very highly of his bravery and the great encouragement he gave them. I, and indeed all who came in contact with him cannot tell how much we miss him, and how very sorry we are that he is among the absent, and my fellow officers and myself desire to express our deepest sympathy with you all.'
26/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox A fellow officer writes:-
26/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox 'Alfie was one of the finest fellows I have ever met, and a splendid soldier; not only that, but a friend worth having and keeping. During our time together in the 1/6th Black Watch his splendid example and great steadfastness in duty did us all a wonderful lot of good, and I mourn the loss of a very dear friend.'
26/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox Mr W J Lennox, Market Street, Armagh, has received the following letter from Second Lieutenant David Buchanan, Seaforth Highlanders, regarding the death of his son, Second Lieutenant H A J Lennox, Royal Irish Rifles, who was killed in action last month:-
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26/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th February 1916: The Late Second Lieutenant Lennox
26/11/2016 Pte. Robert James Boyd Mr William Boyd, Millquarter, Toomebridge, has been officially notified of the death of his son, Private Robert Boyd, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private Boyd has been reported missing since the Battle of Festubert on 16th May last.
26/11/2016 Pte. Robert James Boyd From the Belfast Newsletter dated 3rd March 1916:
24/11/2016 Pte. William McCool A newspaper reports that he was home in Castledawson for a short time in early 1916.
24/11/2016 Pte. William McCool Private William McCool was severely wounded by shrapnel in his side, arm and chest at the Battle of Loos.
24/11/2016 Pte. William McCool Private William McCool, 10th Highland Light Infantry, son of Mr A McCool, Castledawson, who was severely wounded by shrapnel in his side, arm and chest at the Battle of Loos, spent a portion of last week at home in Castledawson.
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24/11/2016 Pte. William McCool From the Belfast Newsletter dated 2nd February 1916:
22/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox Second Lieutenant Alfred Lennox, Royal Irish Rifles, has been killed on the western front. He was the only son of Mr William J Lennox, Market Street, Armagh, and before the war assisted his father in the drapery business. He formerly served in the ranks of the 6th Battalion Black Watch and in December last was given a commission in the Royal Irish Rifles. He was recently on a visit home.
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22/11/2016 2nd Lieut Alfred James Lennox From the Belfast Newsletter dated 25th January 1916: Second Lieutenant A Lennox Killed
22/11/2016 Lieut Robert McCahon Lieutenant R McCahon, Royal Engineers, son of Mr John McCahon, Kilrea, has been on a brief visit home from France, where he has been with the regiment for some time.
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22/11/2016 Lieut Robert McCahon From the Belfast Newsletter dated 15th January 1916:
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17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran The CWGC record Private John Philip Doran as the son of James and Hessie Doran of Main Street, Randalstown, County Antrim.
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran Private J P Doran is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery. Greece.
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran Private John Philip Doran was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, when he died on Tuesday 7th December 1915.
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran John Doran enlisted in Glasgow at the outbreak of the war.
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran Jack was a pianist of exceptional merit, and was in high demand at entertainments and social functions in the district, according to a report in the Belfast Newsletter.
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran Jack Doran, as he became known, was a clerk at Toome Railway Station
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran It is believed his father died in Randalstown on 16th June 1904, aged 61 (GRONI Ref D/1904/7/1001/12/357).
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran Known family: James Doran, Hessie Doran, Sarah Anne Doran (born 16th October 1882), John Philip Doran (born 1st May 1887).
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran The 1901 census does not list John as living with the family at house 31 in Main Street, Randalstown, Antrim.
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran Philip John Doran was born on 1st May 1887 in Randalstown (tbc).
17/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran John Philip Doran was the son of James and Hessie Doran (nee McAuley tbc).
15/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran News has been received of the death of on the way to France of Mr Jack Doran, formerly clerk at Toome Railway Station, who joined the colours at the outbreak of war. Mr Doran was a native of Randalstown, and was a pianist of exceptional merit, and was in high demand at entertainments and social functions in the district.
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15/11/2016 Pte. John Philip (Jack) Doran From the Belfast Newsletter dated 4th January 1916:
15/11/2016 Lieut Andrew Hegarty Dr A Hegarty, J.P., Magherafelt, has received notification by wire from the War Office that his son, Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty, Royal Army Medical Corps was killed in action on 16th December. The deceased officer was the fourth son of Dr Hegarty, and in July offered his services to the Government, which were accepted. He was attached to the Royal Field Artillery, and proceeded to France, where he laid down his life. He had only been married for a very short period. He had two brothers – Lieutenant John Hegarty, R.A.M.C., and the other Patrick, who was attached to the Motor Service. The late Lieutenant Hegarty was a great favourite in the town and district of Magherafelt, and was well known in football circles in Belfast.
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15/11/2016 Lieut Andrew Hegarty From the Belfast Newsletter dated 21st December 1915: Lieutenant A Hegarty R.A.M.C.
13/11/2016 L/Corp William Shanks M.M. Lance Corporal William Shanks, 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers), who was accidentally injured during trench digging in France, writes to his home in Castledawson that he is now out of hospital.
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13/11/2016 L/Corp William Shanks M.M. From the Belfast Newsletter dated 4th December 1915:
13/11/2016 2nd Lieut Arthur Oswald Houston The appointment of Mr Gerald D Houston, of Summerhill, Maghera, to be second lieutenant in the Royal Irish Rifles, has been gazetted. Mr Houston was a member of the clerical staff at Messrs. Clark and sons, linen works, Upperlands, and for a time was employed in the Sirocco Works, Belfast. He recently finished his officer training at Queen’s University, Belfast, and is at present at Ballykinlar.
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13/11/2016 2nd Lieut Arthur Oswald Houston From the Belfast Newsletter dated 26th November 1915: Gerald D Houston (brother of Arthur Houston)
13/11/2016 Pte. David Lawrence Anderson Trooper William Anderson, formerly of Tobermore, is at present on a visit to his uncle, Mr T J Anderson, J.P., Mossview, Maghera. Trooper Anderson has been at the front with the Canadian contingent since August. He was recently wounded by a shrapnel bullet in the face, but is now quite recovered.
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13/11/2016 Pte. David Lawrence Anderson From the Belfast Newsletter dated 25th November 1915: (brother of David Anderson)
10/11/2016 Pte. George Reilly Bell After some months recuperating, George recovered and he returned to the front.
10/11/2016 Pte. George Reilly Bell Information has been received that Private George Bell, 2nd Battalion Irish Guards, has been wounded, and is now in hospital in London. He was struck by shrapnel, which injured his face and leg. He is a native of Castledawson, and prior to volunteering was stationed in Railway Street Barracks, Lisburn, along with Constable Fleming (now Sergeant) and Constable Shiels, both of whom have been wounded.
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10/11/2016 Pte. George Reilly Bell From the Belfast Newsletter dated 15th November 1915:
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