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30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy A letter was received from him, written on 19th July, the day before his death.
30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy In June he was sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula with the Royal Engineers
30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy William joined the Ordinance Survey (Sappers Department) around 1907 and was subsequently trained at Chatham.
30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy Information has been conveyed from the War Office to Mr and Mrs John McIlroy, Glenvale, Bellaghy, of the death of their son, corporal William McIlroy, Royal Engineers, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on 20th July, aged 28 years. He joined the Ordinance Survey (Sappers Department) 8 years ago, and was subsequently trained at Chatham .He served for some time in Lagos, Liberia. On his return to England he was employed for nine months in fortification work at Pembroke. A few months ago he embarked with his company for Egypt in connection with the Base stores. In June he was sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula. News was received from him, written on 19th July, the day before his death. Much sympathy for his parents and their family is felt in the district, where he was universally esteemed.
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30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy From the Belfast Newsletter dated 14th August 1915:
30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy In the spring of 1915 William embarked with his company for Egypt in connection with the Base stores.
30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy On his return to England, about 1914, he was employed for nine months in fortification work at Pembroke.
30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy William served for some years in Lagos, Nigeria where he was engaged a sapper and miner.
30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy The War Office has notified Mr John McIlroy, Ballyscullion, County Derry, that his son William was killed at the Dardanelles on 20th July. The deceased was engaged was some years as a sapper and miner in Nigeria, and for the past two years was on coast defence work in England. He went to Gallipoli with the Royal Engineers in June last.
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30/06/2016 2nd Corp William McIlroy From the Belfast Newsletter dated 14th August 1915:
30/06/2016 Lieut Robert McCahon Mr Robert McCahon, son of Mr John McCahon, draper, Kilrea, has received a commission in the Royal Engineers, and has taken up duty.
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30/06/2016 Lieut Robert McCahon From the Belfast Newsletter dated 14th August 1915: Promotions and Appointments
26/06/2016 Pte. John Gamble ‘We all feel the loss of a good comrade, and one who was devoted to his duty. Nothing was ever too much for him to do. Although lost to you, I sincerely hope these few lines will console you in your bereavement, knowing how well your son has done his duty both for his country and comrades of his regiment.’
26/06/2016 Pte. John Gamble Mr David Gamble, Kilrea, has been informed of the death in action in Belgium of his brother, Private John Gamble, of the Scots Guards, The deceased was 21 years of age, had three years’ service, and went to the front in September last. He was wounded at Ypres on 28th October. Private Gamble’s father has received a letter from the sergeant of his son’s platoon, in which he says:-
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26/06/2016 Pte. John Gamble From the Belfast Newsletter dated 14th August 1915:
17/06/2016 Pte. William John Mulholland Mr Thomas Mulholland, Bellaghy, County Derry, has been notified that his only son, William, 2nd New Zealand contingent, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles.
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17/06/2016 Pte. William John Mulholland From the Belfast Newsletter dated 31st July 1915:
17/06/2016 Sgt. James J Kelly Mrs Gibson, Mill Cottage, Bellaghy, County Derry, has learned that her only brother, Sergeant Major James J Kelly, 1st Australian contingent, has been killed in action. He was first posted as missing, but is now officially reported killed. As a sergeant in the 1st Bushmen’s contingent, he served throughout the Boer War.
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17/06/2016 Sgt. James J Kelly From the Belfast Newsletter dated 31st July 1915:
17/06/2016 Pte. Robert James Boyd Information of the whereabouts of Private Robert James Boyd (3932), 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who has been missing since the 16th May, would be thankfully received by his mother, Mrs Boyd, who resides at Millquarter, Toomebridge, County Antrim.
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17/06/2016 Pte. Robert James Boyd From the Belfast Newsletter dated 22nd July 1915:
05/06/2016 R/man Thomas McMeekin Mystery surrounds the fate of Private Thomas McMeekin (4912), 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, formerly of Grange Mill Quarter, Toomebridge, who was reported missing on 9th May. McMeekin has 19 years’ service, several of which he spent in Africa and India. His brother, Mr Joseph McMeekin, 25 Charleville Avenue, Belfast, would be grateful for any news concerning him.
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05/06/2016 R/man Thomas McMeekin From the Belfast Newsletter dated 18th June 1915:
05/06/2016 Pte. Robert James Boyd Private Robert Boyd, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Millquarter, Toomebridge, who went to the front at the outbreak of war, is reported wounded and missing.
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05/06/2016 Pte. Robert James Boyd From the Belfast Newsletter dated 25th June 1915:
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