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9th (County Tyrone) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
9th (County Tyrone) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was formed at Omagh, in September 1914, from the Tyrone Volunteers they were attached to 3rd Brigade, Ulster Division. On the 2nd November 1914 the formation was renamed 109th Brigade, 36th Division. The men trained at Dufferin and Ava Estate at Clandeboye, County Down and in July 1915, the Division moved to Seaford, in Sussex, England and then to France in early October 1915.The 36th Ulster Division are most famous for their action on the 1st of July 1916, when they were one of the few Divisions to reach their objective. The front lines were at the edge of Thiepval Wood, troops crossed about 400 yards of No Man's Land, entering the Schwaben Redoubt, (close to where the Ulster Tower stands today) then advancing on towards Stuff Redoubt. The men held out for the day but as their stocks of bombs and ammunition dwindled, they were forced to fall back. The casualties suffered by the 36th Division on the 1st of July were over 5,000 in total. Nine men of the 36th Division were awarded the Victoria Cross on the 1st of July 1916. In 1917 they were in action at The Battle of Messines, capturing Wytschaete and in the The Battle of Langemarck during the Third Battles of Ypres and the The Cambrai Operations where the Division captured Bourlon Wood. In 1918 they were in action the Somme in the Battles of the Lys and the Final Advance in Flanders. At the Armistice they were at Mouscron, north east of Tourcoing, where the Division remained throughout demobilization which was complete by June 1919.
The Ulster Tower, at Theipval is a memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division, built as a copy of Helen's Tower at Clandeboye, County Down, where men of the 36th Division trained. There is a small visitor centre with a cafe behind the tower which is staffed by members of the Somme Association. Inside the tower is a small chapel with a number of paintings and plaques from Northern Ireland.
Today Theipval Wood is owned by The Somme Association and guided tours are available of a section of recently excavated trenches.
Please note that Theipval Wood is not open the public, it is used by French huntsmen who use live ammunition and who will shoot, you are putting yourself at risk by entering without permission. Please go to the visitor centre at the Ulster Tower to arrange a guided tour.
A DVD is now available, released for the official opening of the wood for guided tours on the 1st of July 2006, follows the Community Archeology Project, undertaken by The Somme Association and No Man's Land, The European Group for Great War Archaeology.
You can order a copy on-line by clicking the image below:
28th January 1918 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
At 1700 the 108th Infantry Brigade relieves 109th Infantry Brigade in the right sector on January 28-30th.
- Boundaries of Right Brigade Sector:
- Right B.17.c.6.7 – B.22.a.5.0 to Essigny Station.
- Left – Boyau de Moulins (inclusive to Left Brigade)
- Boyau de Contescourt (inclusive to Left Brigade).
- Boundary between Battalions B.9.c.9.5 to B.15.a.7.5.
Brigade on right flank – 41st Infantry Brigade;left, 107th Infantry Brigade.
B.25.a/26.a. Battalion moves to Brigade support in relief of 9 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Transport to Artemps.
23rd July 1918 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Day was quiet. Same patrol at night but no bodies were found. The Battalion was relieved by the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and moved with the remainder of Brigade into Divisional Reserve at Spotterke (R.15.d.10.70). Total casualties: 2 Officers and 4 Other Ranks missing, 11 wounded.
30th Sep 1918 At Becelaere at 5.30am 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, covered by an advance guard, moved forward through J.18.b, K.13 central to K.16.c. Information was received from Brigade to the effect that the 109th Brigade held Terhand and Dadizeele. 9th North Irish Horse Battalion was to pass through 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at 0700. 12th Royal Irish Rifles to advance on our left, Terhand – Vijfwegen Road the inter-Battalion boundary, the first objective to be a line roughly north and south through Vijfwegen (K.24.a); second objective to be railway running north and south (K.20 and K.26 central); third objective to be Mooreseele. The 29th Division was on our right.
At 0700 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were on a line running south-west through K.21.a and c. The 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were facing south with posts along Terhand – Vinwegen Road. The 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were held up by machine gun fire and had lost touch with the 29th Division.
A patrol from 9th North Irish Horse Battalion discovered the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers holding line running south from K.19.a.9.6 through K.19 central, i.e. 2000 yards in rear. B Company 9NIH were sent to move along line of enemy wire through K.21.b, K.22.c and K.29.c to occupy high ground in K.30.a. C Company to move to right rear of B Company to protect flank, to get and keep in touch with 29th Division. A Company to move through K.22 central, K.23 central to K.24.c and to keep touch with 12th Royal Irish Rifles and D Company to move in support along Terhand – Vijfwegen Road.
B and C Companies 9th North Irish Horse came under machine gun fire almost at once after moving through the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, but A Company met with no opposition until they reached the east side of Methuen Wood, when they came under machine gun fire from houses in K.23.d about 9.30am. About this time the reserve Company came under machine gun fire from a pill box on K.24.b.0.3 and Leadenhall Copse which were cleared in spite of stiff resistance by 1230.
Twelve prisoners and two machine guns were captured in this operation, and an Officer with twenty Other Ranks of the enemy being killed.
All further attempts to advance our line beyond the general line of this pill box and Leadenhall Copse were prevented by very heavy machine gun fire from fortified farms on our right flank which was still hanging back.
At about 1800 when the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles passed through the line to attack, the general line ran K.24.b.0.3 – Leadenhall Copse – K.23.d.2.5 – K.29.b.2.8.
9th North Irish Horse Battalion casualties during the day were six Officers and 130 Other Ranks.
4th Oct 1918 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers relieved the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on Hill 41. Battalion Headquarters at K.18.c.10.60. Strength of 9th Royal Irish: 13 Officers, 390 Other Ranks. The night passed quietly except for harassing fire on roads behind our lines.
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Those known to have served with 9th (County Tyrone) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during the Great War 1914-1918.
- Allen Wellington L. Pte. (d.22nd Aug 1917)
- Barrett William E.. L/Cpl. (d.7th June 1917)
- Bell Eric Norman Frankland. Capt. (d.1st July 1916)
- Bellis R. R.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Bethune Thomas. Pte. (d.1st Mar 1915)
- Bishop John Charles. Pte. (d.21st Nov 1916)
- Boal William James. L/Cpl.
- Brangam John. Sgt. (d.29th Mar 1918)
- Brien Frederick George. Lt. (d.20th April 1918)
- Brown Robert William. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Bryans A.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Bryans R.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Cairns Michael Mitchell. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Caldwell D.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Cathergood J.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Christie W.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Curry Hugh. Pte. (d.8th Sept. 1916)
- Dolan John. Pte. (d.16th Aug 1917)
- Emerson James Samuel. 2nd Lt. (d.6th Dec 1917)
- Fawkes Frank. L/Sgt. (d.15th Oct 1918)
- Flemming W.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Fowler Richard. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Gater Herbert. Pte. (d.1st July 1916)
- Gates W.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Gault Thomas. L/Cpl. (d.1st July 1916)
- Gilmour James. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Greer J.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Grundy Charles. Pte. (d.27th Oct 1918)
- Hammond J.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Hunter T.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Hunter William. Private (d.4th Feb 1918)
- Hutchings Peter Samuel. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Kerr J.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Ledson G. H.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- McClay Thomas. CSM.
- McConaghy Arthur. Pte.
- McConaghy Henry. Pte. (d.1st July 1916)
- McConaghy John. Sgt.
- McConaghy John. Pte. (d.1st July 1916)
- McConaghy Robert George. Pte. (d.6th December 1917)
- McConaghy Samuel. Pte.
- McCurry T.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- McKeown Robert. Pte. (d.25th June 1917)
- McKinley W.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Menarry David. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Mills H.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Mitchell J.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Mitchell J.. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Moffett H.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Mulligan Samuel. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Neely J.. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Noble A.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Noble M.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Quinn W.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Rainey Robert Boyd. Cpl. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Roulston John. Pte. (d.24th Jun 1916)
- Saunders Ernest. L/Cpl. (d.15 Oct 1918)
- Smylie W. J.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Spencer Francis Patrick. Pte.
- Vincent J.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Wallace Robert. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Wasson C.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Young Edward John. Sjt. (d.1st July 1916)
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Sjt. Edward John Young 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)My Great Uncle, Serjeant Edward John Young, died on July 1, 1916 aged 35, at the Battle of the Somme fighting for freedom with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers with the 36th Ulster Division of the British Empire trying to take the Thiepval Plateau.
He died with his men, and his family would like his name to be forever remembered as a proud Irish farmer that fought for freedom. He is buried in the Bray Vale British Cemetery, in the village of Bray-Sur-Somme, France, having been moved there in 1923 from the Fields of Thiepval where he fell in defense of freedom.
I visited his grave, the first member of my family to do so on September 13, 2010, and it was one of the most moving experiences of my life.Dennis G. Bellingtier
Private William Hunter 9th Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.4th Feb 1918)My uncle William died in St Steeven's Hospital in Dublin "as a result of wounds" according to the official War Office notification. I have no information on where he served or was wounded.A Hunter
Pte. Michael Mitchell Cairns 9th. Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)A memorial stone to Michael Mitchell Cairns is in the church yard of St. Canice's Church in Eglinton, Co. Derry, where I now reside, This man was my grand father's elder brother. I have in the past researched my family and I had a printout of the 1911 Ireland census. My grandfather, William Cairns, is on the family list as is an older brother of his entered as Mitcheal Cairns, who was 18 in 1911. On the headstone he was in the 9th. Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, number 26700. He enlisted in Londonderry and was 24 years old when he was killed at the Somme on the first day of the Battle, 1st. July. He is also named on the Thiepval Memorial as one of the missing. I have been trying to find out his enlistment date and hopefully a picture of him.Mitchell Michael Thomas Cairns
Sgt. John Brangam MM. 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.29th Mar 1918)John Brangam was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery on the 20th of November 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai. His battalion had reached the front line trenches with little opposition, but then encountered intense fire from German machine guns. Sergeant Brangam crept around the right flank of the German line and managed to get close enough to bomb a machine gun post, killing two enemy and taking two prisoners. This action allowed his company to resume the advance and take the German line. On the third day of the battle the Germans launched a strong counter-attack, all the other officers in the 9th Battalion fell and Sergeant Brangam assumed the command and forced back the German offensive. John Brangam was killed in action on 29th of March 1918, he has no known grave, but is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial.S. Flynn
L/Sgt. Frank Fawkes MM. 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.15th Oct 1918)Frank Fawkes was the youngest son of John and the late Elizabeth Ann Fawkes (nee Chambers) and husband of Jane Fawkes (nee Pirie) of 12 Jutland Avenue Hebburn. He was born in Jarrow and enlisted in Newcastle.
Frank died aged 25 on the 15th of October 1918, and was buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium. The Military Medal was awarded to Frank Fawkes for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire or for individual or associated acts of bravery which were insufficient to merit the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Conferment of the medal was announced in the London Gazette and Frank Fawkes earned the right to add the letters M.M. to his name.
In the 1911 Census for 58 Jervis Street Hebburn, his family is recorded as: John Fawkes age 47 Coal Trimmer at Staithes born Walbottle, Northumberland. (married 14 years, children born 6, children living 5, children died 1) Isabella Fawkes wife age 47 born Bedlington, Northumberland. John William Fawkes son age 25 Coal Teemer at Staithes born Jarrow. Alice Maud Fawkes daughter age 23 born Jarrow. Joseph Anthony Fawkes son age 20 Shunter at Staithes born Jarrow. Frank Fawkes son age 18 Shunter at Staithes born Jarrow.Vin Mullen
Pte. John Dolan 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.16th Aug 1917)John Dolan was born in Jarrow and lived in Gateshead. He enlisted at Newcastle. He is remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial.Vin Mullen
Pte. Wellington L Allen 44th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (d.22nd Aug 1917)Private Allen, son of Walter and Margaret Allen, of North Croft, Bowness-on-Solway, Carlisle, was born in St. Columbus, Dublin, and later enlisted there. Before joining the Machine Gun Corps he was a member of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion. He landed at le Havre in February 1916, and was killed in action aged 21 whilst in Flanders fighting The Battle of Passchendaele. Private Allen is buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.S Flynn
Pte. Thomas Bethune 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Mar 1915)Thomas Bethune served with the Royal Iniskilling Fusiliers and died of wounds at home in Dublin in March 1915. His twin brother, Douglas also served.s flynn
Pte. John Charles Bishop 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.21st Nov 1916)John Charles Bishop was the son of Mrs. F. Bishop, of 2, Anglesea Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.s flynn
L/Cpl. William E. Barrett 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.7th June 1917)William E. Barrett was the son of Elizabeth Barrett, of 48, Killeen Rd., Rathmines, Dublin, and the late C. E. Barrett. He was killed in action in Flanders age 26 and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.s flynn
Lt. Frederick George Brien att. "Y" Trench Mortar Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.20th April 1918)Frederick Brien was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Brien, of Wilton House, Wilton Place, Dublin. He joined up 4th August, 1914, obtaining a commission in 9th Battalion, Inniskilling Fusiliers, and was wounded on 28th June, 1916. He transferred in 1917, to Royal Field Artillery. He died of wounds, received at Merville age 34 and is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France.s flynn
Pte. Robert William Brown 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)Robert William Brown was born in Dublin and enlisted in Belfast. He served with the 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was killed in action in July 1916.s flynn
2nd Lt. James Samuel Emerson VC. 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.6th Dec 1917)James Emerson was killed in action on the 6th of December 1917, aged 22 and is commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial, France. He was the son of John and Ellen Emerson, of Collon, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
An extract from The London Gazette, dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following:- "For repeated acts of most conspicuous bravery. He led his company in an attack and cleared 400 yards of trench. Though wounded, when the enemy attacked in superior numbers, he sprang out of the trench with eight men and met the attack in the open, killing many and taking six prisoners. For three hours after this, all other Officers having become casualties, he remained with his company, refusing to go to the dressing station, and repeatedly repelled bombing attacks. Later, when the enemy again attacked in superior numbers, he led his men to repel the attack and was mortally wounded. His heroism, when worn out and exhausted from loss of blood, inspired his men to hold out, though almost surrounded, till reinforcements arrived and dislodged the enemy.s flynn
Capt. Eric Norman Frankland Bell VC 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)Eric Bell was killed in action 1st July 1916, aged 20 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. He was the son of Capt. E. H. Bell, of 22 University Rd., Bootle, Liverpool. Native of Enniskillen, Ireland.
An extract from The London Gazette, dated 26th Sept. 1916, records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery. He was in command of a Trench Mortar Battery, and advanced with the Infantry in the attack. When our front line was hung up by enfilading machine gun fire Captain Bell crept forward and shot the machine gunner. Later, on no less than three occasions, when our bombing parties, which were clearing the enemy's trenches, were unable to advance, he went forward alone and threw Trench Mortar bombs among the enemy. When he had no more bombs available he stood on the parapet, under intense fire, and used a rifle with great coolness and effect on the enemy advancing to counter-attack. Finally he was killed rallying and reorganising infantry parties which had lost their officers. All this was outside the scope of his normal duties with his battery. He gave his life in his supreme devotion to duty."S FLYNN
Pte. Francis Patrick Spencer 2nd Btn. Royal Inniskilling FusiliersWhen the UK declared war on Germany on 4th of August 1914, Francis Spencer was stationed, with the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, at Dover. Ten months had elapsed since he had enlisted as a professional soldier. He had walked from his home in Bradford, to the recruiting office in Halifax, with two mates, to escape the drudgery and low wages of the textile mills. Now at the age of 19 he was on the brink of being sent to war.
However, fearing a possible invasion, the 2nd Inniskillings along with 12th Brigade, 4th Division were sent to Norfolk. The main B.E.F had landed at Boulogne on August 18. As it became clear a German invasion was not imminent the 4th Division was also sent to France, landing at Le Havre on August 22nd, just in time to bolster the British Army who were now retreating from Mons. Francis and the 2nd Inniskillings would get their first taste of action on August 26 at the Battle of Le Cateau where they were protecting the II Corps extreme left flank in the village of Esne.
As the retreat continued, the 2nd Inniskillings provided rearguard cover for II Corps when required. Then they were involved in the Battles of The Marne and Aisne. October saw the 2nd Inniskillings moved to Flanders and Armentieres where they saw action at Le Gheer, Pont Rouge on the Lys Canal, Messines, Douve Farm and Ploegsteert Wood before moving to HQ in December 1914. The battalion had lost about 240 men killed and numerous others wounded and was in bad need of new soldiers to make up the battalions strength. With the new Service Battalions starting to come over to France and other campaigns opening up, Francis Spencer was transferred to the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskillings and saw action at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli. He became ill with Malaria and was evacuated to hospital. His Battalion went on to Salonika without him and once he was sufficiently recovered, Francis was once again transferred to the 9th Battalion and saw action at the Somme and again in the Ypres Salient.
He ended his war with the 'Fighting 9th' and, after a spell in Canada, lived in Bradford until his death in the late 1960s.Steven Spencer
Pte. Charles Grundy 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.27th Oct 1918)Charles Grundy died of wounds on the 27th of October 1918 aged 32 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of John and Ellen of 34 Rosebank Street, Belfast and is commemorated on a family memorial in Dundonald Cemetery.Jane Brown
Pte. Robert McKeown 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.25th June 1917)I don't know a lot about Robert McKeown, but he is my great uncle and had an older brother in the 12th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who died six weeks after Robert.sarah clarke-feltham
Sgt. John McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling FusiliersJohn McConaghy, was the elder of two sons of William and Martha McConaghy of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He enlisted in the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, The Tyrones, on 2nd October 1914.
He took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, receiving machine gun bullet wounds to his right arm extending from elbow to wrist. These wounds left him unsuitable for front line service and after recovering in a hospital in Sheffield he was eventually transferred to the Labour Corps Serial No. 627449, where he served as a Guard with No. 200 P.O.W. Coy. He also served in the Royal Defence Corps and the Monmouth Regiment. On 9th December 1919 he was transferred to the Army Reserve with the rank of A/C.S.M.
I well remember, as a child sitting on my father's knee, running my fingers down the groove left by the bullet wounds on his right arm, he never talked about it! He died, at the home of his eldest daughter, in Kidderminster, Worcs., England on 19th May 1950.John McConaghy
Pte. Robert George McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.6th December 1917)Robert George McConaghy, was the younger of two sons of William and Martha McConaghy of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Robert enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914. He took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, and came through without wounds.
He was killed in action at the Battle of Cambrai on 6th December 1917. He has no known grave and his name is listed on the Cambrai Memorial, Louvreval, Nord, FranceJohn McConaghy
Pte. Henry McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)Henry McConaghy, was the youngest son of David and Mary McConaghy of Albert Place, Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Henry enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, Service No. 13938.
He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme – 1st July 1916 and is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France. He was 21 years old.
Pte. John McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)John McConaghy, oldest son of David and Mary McConaghy of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, Service no. 16330.
He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme – 1st July 1916. He has no known grave and his name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He was 34 years old and had married Margaret Elvin, of Sion Mills on 10th July 1913.
Pte. Samuel McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling FusiliersSamuel McConaghy, youngest son of John and Margaret Jane (Sproule) of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, Service No. 13190. He took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, and was wounded. He survived the war and returned to live in Sion MillsJohn McConaghy
Pte. Arthur McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling FusiliersArthur McConaghy was the son of John and Margaret Jane (Sproule) of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 29th September 1914, Service No. 13880.
He was discharged while still at Finner Camp, Co. Donegal on 17th October 1914. Discharged under "Para 392 ECK Reg 1912".John McConaghy
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