Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
Date Name Information
18/07/2018 Pte. John Jack Harte M.M. Private Harte’s brother, Edward Harte, also served in the war,
17/07/2018 Pte. John Jack Harte M.M. Signaller Edward Harte and Privates Robert Irwin and Matthew J McAnary, all natives of Castledawson and members of the 1st Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, which has recently returned from India for service in France, were given a few days leave last week and visited their homes in the village. When the three joined the colours eight years ago the first battalion was on the point of leaving for foreign service, so they have been absent from their home for that time, and have been stationed in Malta, Crete, China and India. Signaller Harte has gained a number of proficiency certificates in his special branch, and all three look fit, and are looking forward with the professional soldier’s eagerness to active service.
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17/07/2018 Pte. John Jack Harte M.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th February 1915: Edward Harte (brother of Jack Harte)
17/07/2018 PO Joseph Donnelly Many thanks to Keith Beattie, who sent through the high resolution newspaper report from the Larne Times.
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17/07/2018 PO Joseph Donnelly Royal Navy Air Service (Armoured Car Section), accidentally drowned in Russia was a son of Mt Thomas Donnelly, 77 Alexandra Park Avenue, Belfast.
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17/07/2018 PO Joseph Donnelly From the Larne Times dated Saturday 1st July 1916: Petty Officer Joseph Donnelly
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles The inscription on his grave reads: TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WE LOVE IS NOT TO DIE
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16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles Many thanks to Dr Andrew Charles BA (Hons) M.M., MRes, for all the information and photos here. He is the great-nephew of Allen.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles The CWGC record Lance Sergeant Allen Charles as the son of Mr and Mrs Robert Charles, He is also recorded as the husband of Mavis Charles of Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles His half-brother, Andrew Charles, also served with the Royal Ulster Rifles during the D-Day. He survived the war.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles Lance Sergeant Allen Charles is buried in Ranville Cemetery, north of Caen in northern France.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles Lance Sergeant Allen Charles was serving with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles when he was killed by friendly fire on 8th June 1944 during the Normandy landings.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles Allen Charles married Mavis Charles.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles As a young man Allen went to live in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles Known family: Robert Charles, Mother unknown, Robert Charles, Allen Charles (born about 1921), Andrew Charles (half-brother).
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles The family lived in Desertmartin in what is now a shop in front of the Orange Hall.
16/07/2018 L/Sgt Allen Charles Allen Charles was born in Desertmartin about 1921.
15/07/2018 Lieut Samuel Garvin Mr Samuel Garvin, now of Belfast and formerly of Castledawson, has been gazetted to a second lieutenancy in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
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15/07/2018 Lieut Samuel Garvin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th January 1915:
15/07/2018 Mr John Fulton Castledawson and Tullinkesey companies U.V.F., under the command of Mr John Fulton, C.O., had a field day in the grounds of Moyola Park Castle on Saturday. Rev W Hogarth, adjutant, inspected the men and put them through a series of field evaluations.
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15/07/2018 Mr John Fulton From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th January 1915:
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