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31/07/2016 L/Corp Alexander Leacock Grave photo kindly provided by Jean Caldwell
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22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. The CWGC record Lieutenant William James Boal as the son of Robert and Jane Boal. He is also recorded as the husband of Sarah Margaret Boal of Tobermore.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Lieutenant William Boal is buried in Draperstown (St. Columba’s) Church Of Ireland Churchyard in the family plot.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Remarkably his father attempted also to enlist in World War Two, but was rejected.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Lieutenant William Boal was working as a pilot instructor when he killed as the result of an air collision with another plane in England on 24th February 1942. He was 47 years old.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Lieutenant William Boal served as a pilot instructor with Fleet Air Arm at the Royal Navy Air Station, H.M.S. Kestrel, at Worthy Down near Winchester, England.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. William signed up in World War Two, but age was against him, so he became a pilot with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Reports suggest he may have worked as a manager at the Labour Exchange in Magherafelt.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. William was married to Sarah Margaret (a.k.a. Daisy) of Tobermore.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Private William James Boal received a D.C.M. for his contribution as a signaller whilst serving in St Quentin. He was granted the Award on 1st January 1919.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Private William James Boal was mentioned in despatches.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Private William James Boal served with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, as a signaller (Service No 19903).
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. William Boal enlisted in 1915.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. The 1911 census lists William James as age 16 living with the family at house 6 in Queen's Street, Lurgan, County Armagh. William had left school and was working as a clerk in a linen warehouse. His father was a Assurance Assistant Supt.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. His father was also in the army, and had served in Gibraltar, Egypt, Malta and South Africa.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. The 1901 census lists William J as age 6 living with the family at house 9 in Ballynaris, Dromore Rural, County Down. His father was not present. His mother was a shop keeper.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Family: Robert Boal, Jane Boal, William James Boal (born 24th December 1894, Belfast), Robert Victor Boal (born 1st March 1896, Banbridge, Co Down), Mary Todd Boal (born 13th January 1898 Banbridge, Co Down), Arminella Boal (born 28th April 1904, Banbridge, Co Down), Sarah Elizabeth Boal (born 12th April 1906, Banbridge, Co Down), Eileen Muriel Boal (born 25th May 1910, Lurgan, Co Armagh).
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. William was born on 24th December 1894 in Belfast. He was one of eight children, six surviving.
22/07/2016 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. William James Boal was the eldest son of Robert and Jane Boal. Robert Boal married Jane Hodgson on 6th December 1893 in the district of Banbridge.
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09/07/2016 Lieut Percy Thomas Jordan The death has been announced of Second Lieutenant Percy T Jordan, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on 21st August. Lieutenant Jordan, who was the only son of the late Rev Dr Jordan, rector of Magherafelt, was educated at St. Columba's College, Rathfarnham, and Trinity College, Dublin. He had been in the University Officer Training Corps, and received his commission shortly after the outbreak of war.
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09/07/2016 Lieut Percy Thomas Jordan From the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st September 1915: Second Lieutenant Percy T Jordan
07/07/2016 R/man Thomas Dowdell Rifleman Thomas Dowdell is also commemorated on Newtownards War Memorial.
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07/07/2016 Sgt. Robert Ramsey 00742
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07/07/2016 Corp William L Ellis 00742
05/07/2016 Pte. George Alexander Gibson He and his wife lived in Ballymacombs, Bellaghy at the time.
05/07/2016 Pte. George Alexander Gibson In August 1915, the War Office now notified Mrs Gibson that an exchanged prisoner, Major Kelly, a doctor with the Royal Army Medical Corps, attended Private Gibson for a wound in the spine in a camp for wounded British soldiers in Germany.
05/07/2016 Pte. George Alexander Gibson George Gibson was a well-known Scottish footballer.
05/07/2016 Pte. George Alexander Gibson Among those reported missing after Mons and unheard of since was Private George Gibson, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, whose wife resides at Ballymacombs, Bellaghy. The War Office now notifies Mrs Gibson that an exchanged prisoner, Major Kelly, R.A.M..C., reports having attended Private Gibson for a wound in the spine in a camp for wounded British soldiers in Germany. Gibson is a well-known Scottish footballer.
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05/07/2016 Pte. George Alexander Gibson From the Belfast Newsletter dated 28th August 1915:
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