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14617699   Lance Corporal Frederick Lindsay McLernon
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 09/08/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 04/11/1912
Died: 12/12/1944 (Unknown)
Age: 32
Summary      
Frederick Lindsay McLernon was the son of Francis and Martha McLernon. He was born on 4th November 1912. He had a twin sister, Frances. They were the youngest of the family. His father had a grocer’s shop in Magherafelt. Frederick attended the Rainey School. He was the husband of Jean McLernon. They had a son. Frederick McLernon served with the Royal Ulster Rifles in World War Two. Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon was attached to the 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles when he died on 12th December 1944 in Italy.
Further Information
Frederick Lindsay McLernon was the youngest son of Francis John McLernon.
Francis John McLernon initially married Sara Ann Eakin on 6th August 1888 in the district of Magherafelt. (GRONI Ref M/1888/N1/1848/1/29).
They had six children, all born in Magherafelt.
Family: Francis John McLernon, Sarah Ann McLernon, Mary McLernon (born 3rd October 1889, died ?), Margaret McLernon (born 21st December 1890), Jane McLernon (born 22nd September 1893), Mary Hadassah McLernon (born 21st November 1895), Francis John McLernon (born 30th June 1898, died 7th June 1901), Sarah Eliza McLernon (born 12th December 1900).
The 1901 census lists the family at house 8 in Market Street, Magherafelt. Francis was a grocer.
Francis John McLernon then married Martha Ann Miller on 27th February 1903 in the district of Magherafelt. (GRONI Ref M/1903/N1/1857/4/112).
They had seven children, all born in Magherafelt.
Family: Francis John McLernon, Martha Ann McLernon, William McLernon (born 6th December 1903), Matthew McLernon (born 4th April 1905), Benjamin McLernon (born 19th October 1906), John McLernon (born 10th October 1908), Evelyn McLernon (born 11th February 1911), Frederick Lindsay McLernon (born 4th November 1912, twin), Francis McLernon (born 4th November 1912, twin).
The 1911 census lists the family at house 39 in Queen Street, Magherafelt. Francis was described as a provisions merchant.
Frederick Lindsey McLernon was born on 4th November 1912. He had a twin sister, Frances. They were the youngest of the family.
Frederick attended the Rainey School in Magherafelt from 1926 to 1930.
Frederick was the husband of Jean Parker. They lived at Sandhurst in Cookstown for a time. They had a son.
Frederick McLernon served with the Royal Ulster Rifles in World War Two.
Prior to his death, Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon had recently been home on furlough.
Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon was attached to the 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles when he died on 12th December 1944 in Italy.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th January 1945:
Notification has been received from the War Office of the death, which occurred in Italy, of Frederick McLernon (Freddie), youngest son of the late Mr F J McLernon and Mrs McLernon of Queen Street, Magherafelt, and formerly resident (for some time after his marriage to Miss Parker) at Sandhurst, Cookstown. He leaves one son. He was educated at Rainey Endowed School and had been recently home on furlough.
Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon is buried in Santerno Valley War Cemetery, south of Bologna in Italy. His inscription reads: FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH. REMEMBERED ALWAYS BY HIS LOVING WIFE, SON AND MOTHER
Frederick’s twin sister Frances also attended the Rainey School and she is mentioned in their Roll of Honour as having served with the L.A.C.W. and the W.A.A.F.
Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon is commemorated locally on Castledawson War Memorial.
Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon is listed on page 115 of the Castledawson War Dead Book – ‘They Didn’t Come Home.’
The CWGC record Lance Corporal Frederick Lindsey McLernon as the son of Francis John and Martha Ann McLernon. He is also recorded as being the husband of Jean McLernon of Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Rainey School Magherafelt Town Attended Rainey School 54.757630 -6.613656
2 Queen Street, 39 Magherafelt Town Father had grocers shop at 39 Queen Street 54.754820 -6.608827
References and Links
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1 1901 census lists McLernon family Lists family at house 8 in Market Street, Magherafelt, Londonderry
2 1911 census lists McLernon family Lists family at house 39 in Queen Street, Magherafelt, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon
4 London Irish Rifles - December 1944 L/Corporal Frederick McLernon - only man died on the day
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lance Corporal Frederick McLernon's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2020