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The First Day on the Somme
1st July 1916
By Ken Austin

The Battle of the Somme

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, in northern France, was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and one of the most infamous days of World War One.

1st July 1916, was the opening day of the Battle of Albert (1–13 July), the name given by the British to the first two weeks of the Battle of the Somme. The British forces suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 fatalities. They gained just three square miles of territory.

British and German troops faced each other's trenches only separated by a few hundred yards of “no-man’s land”. The British force consisted of soldiers from Britain and Ireland, as well as troops from Newfoundland, South Africa and India. Nine corps of the French Sixth Army, the British Fourth and Third armies, attacked the German 2nd Army of General Fritz von Below, from Foucaucourt south of the Somme northwards to Serre, north of the Ancre and at Gommecourt, which was 2 miles (3.2 km) beyond, in the Third Army area.

First day on the SommeThe British generals staged a massive artillery bombardment and sent 100,000 men over the top to take the German trenches. The objective of the attack was to capture the German first and second positions from Serre south to the Albert–Bapaume road and the first position from the road south to Foucaucourt. They were confident of victory. The German defence south of the road mostly collapsed and the French had "complete success" on both banks of the Somme, as did the British from Maricourt on the army boundary, where XIII Corps took Montauban and reached all its objectives and XV Corps captured Mametz and isolated Fricourt.

However, the III Corps attack on both sides of the Albert–Bapaume road was a disaster, the British soldiers were unable to break through the German defences and were mown down in their thousands by machine gun and artillery fire , making only a short advance south of La Boisselle, where the 34th Division had the largest number of casualties of any Allied division on 1 July. Further north, the X Corps attack captured the Leipzig Redoubt, failed opposite Thiepval and had a great but temporary success on the left flank, where the German front line was overrun by the 36th Ulster Division, which then captured Schwaben and Stuff redoubts.

Map of the first dayGerman counter-attacks during the afternoon recaptured most of the lost ground north of the Albert–Bapaume road and more British attacks against Thiepval were costly failures. On the north bank of the Ancre, the attack of VIII Corps was a disaster, with large numbers of British troops being shot down in no man's land. The VII Corps diversion at Gommecourt was also costly, with only a partial and temporary advance south of the village. The German defeats from Foucaucourt to the Albert–Bapaume road left the German defence on the south bank incapable of resisting another attack and a substantial German retreat began, from the Flaucourt plateau to the west bank of the Somme close to Péronne, while north of the Somme, Fricourt was abandoned overnight. Several truces were observed to recover wounded from no man's land on the British front, where the Fourth Army had lost 57,470 casualties, of whom 19,240 men were killed. The French had 1,590 casualties and the German 2nd Army lost 10,000–12,000 men. Orders were issued to the Anglo-French armies to continue the offensive on 2 July and a German counter-attack on the north bank of the Somme by the 12th Division, intended for the night of 1/2 July, took until dawn on 2 July to begin and was destroyed. Since 1 July 1916, the cost of the battle and the "meagre gains" have been a source of grief and controversy in Britain; in German and French writing, the first day of the Battle of the Somme has been little more than a footnote to the mass losses of 1914–1915 and the Battle of Verdun.

This day set a bloody precedent: the Somme campaign wore on for five months and, in all, more than a million soldiers from the British, German and French armies were wounded or killed.

All across the land, the bells rang out to mourn the dead from one day's bloody battle in a far away land and Lurgan was no different. Lurgan lost more of it's sons on that one day than any other battle during World War One. Below are the names of our fallen. We do not consider it a full and complete list of all who lost their lives from the Lurgan and district area on 1st July 1916, if you know of any we have missed, please do send them to us.

Abraham, Absalom

Rank: Private Number: 13974 Age: 19 Regiment: 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes: Son of Mary Ann Abraham, of 36, Henry St., Portadown, and the late George Abraham.

Abraham, James W.

Rank: Private Number: 20292 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes: Son of Mary Ann Abraham, of 36, Henry St., Portadown, Co. Armagh, and the late George Abraham.

Addis, Robert

Rank:  Private Number:  13972 Age:   Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL, MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  

Allen, William J.

Rank: Private Number: 20531 Age: 29 Regiment: "B" Coy. 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes: Son of James and Susan Allen, of 40, Bridge St., Portadown; husband of the late Sarah Allen.

Atkinson, Thomas Joyce

Rank: Major Number: Age: 38 Regiment: "B" Coy. 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Somme, France Notes: Son of Wolsey Richard and Alice Atkinson of Eden Villas. Portadown.

Baird, Robert

Rank:  Private Number:  13998 Age:  41 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Somme, France Notes:  Son of Charles and Susan Baird, of Lurgan; husband of the late Susanna Baird, of Lurgan

Barrett, John

Rank: Lance Corporal Number: 728 Age: Regiment: 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1 July, 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: From Banbridge, his name is incorrectly spelt as Barnett on Thiepval Memorial and in CWGC records

Bell, James

Rank:  Private Number:  14027 Age:  19 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes:  Son of John and Martha Bell, of Derrymacash, Lurgan

Benison, James W.

Rank: Sergeant Number: 17256 Age: 22 Regiment: 12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Jonathan and Eliza Jane Benison, of Mullavilly, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Best, Oliver

Rank:  Rifleman Number:  62 Age:   Regiment:  Royal Irish Rifles 13th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes:  Son of John Best, of Moyrafferty, Lurgan

Best, William H.

Rank: Private Number: 13977 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of John and Ellen Best, Husband of Margaret Best of Ormond Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Black, T.H.

Rank:  Private Number:  14001 Age:  29 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL France Notes:  Son of John and Jane Black, of Lurgan

Bowles, William

Rank: Private Number: 13976 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Ellen Bowles of 10 Montague Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Boyd, William J.

Rank: Rifleman Number: 1069 Age: 35 Regiment: 11th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: Died: WW1 Buried: 1st July 1916 Notes: Brother of John Boyd, of Derrymacfall, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Brown, John

Rank:  Sergeant Number:  14033 Age:   Regiment:  9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes:  

Brown, William J.

Rank: Sergeant Major Number: 15859 Age: Regiment: 108th Company, Machine Gun Corps War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Somme France Notes: Husband of Margaret Brown of 10 Jervis Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Brownlee, John

Rank:  Private Number:  14019 Age:  33 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Son of Robert and Susan Brownlee, of 2, Robert St., Lurgan; husband of Frances Brownlee

Bunting, Samuel

Rank: Corporal Number: 14135 Age: Regiment: 15th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Samuel Bunting was born in Lurgan and enlisted in Belfast.

Bunting, Thomas

Rank: Private Number: 673 Age: Regiment: 9th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Matthew and Annie Bunting of Ballymacateer, Co. Armagh

Bunting, Thomas.

Rank: Lance Sergeant Number: 13997 Age: Regiment: 9th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Prior to his enlistment, Thomas from Kilmore had been a member of Kilmore Church Defenders L.O.L. 23

Burns, John

Rank:  Lance Corporal Number:  13981 Age:  40 Regiment:  9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:  Husband of Emma Burns, of 37, Queen St., Lurgan

Burrows, David J.

Rank: Private Number: 14028 Age: 22 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of the late John and Helena Burrows, of 90 Thomas Street, Portadown.

Calvert, Herbert J.

Rank:  Lance Corporal Number:  17147 Age:   Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Son of James Edward and Jane Calvert, of Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Campbell, John

Rank: Private Number: 20024 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: From Foybeg, Portadown.

Carson, Robert

Rank:  Private Number:  14061 Age:  29 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes:  Son of William John and Isabella Carson, of 88, Queen St., Lurgan

Chambers, John

Rank: Private Number: 14089 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes: John Chambers was born in Bessbrook and enlisted in Armagh.

Collins, James

Rank: Rifleman Number: 93 Age: 31 Regiment: "D" Coy. 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of James and Jane Collins, of Donaghcloney. Husband of Mary Anne Collins, Waringstown

Cordner, William

Rank:  Private Number:  14111 Age:  19 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes:  Brother of Mrs. Margaret Hamilton, of 25, Brownlow Terrace, Lurgan.

Corkin, James

Rank:  Private Number:  14106 Age:  45 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Son of Robert and Jane Corkin, of Drumgor, Lurgan; husband of Margaret Corkin, of 32, George St., Lurgan.

Courtney, John

Rank: Private Number: 17783 Age: 32 Regiment: 108th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of the late William and Mary Jane Courtney; husband of the late Annie Courtney, of Mulladry, Portadown.

Creaney, John

Rank: Private Number: 14113 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Husband of Ellen and the father of Annie Creaney, of Mullanasilla Road, Portadown

Davidson, James H.

Rank: Rifleman Number: 16426 Age: Regiment: 11th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of James A. Davidson, of Yew Tree Hill, Moira.

Dillon, Victor Samuel

Rank:  Private Number:  14135 Age:  20 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers "C" Coy. 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes:  Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Dillon, of 5, Princes St., Lurgan

Foster, Frederick

Rank: Sergeant Number: 14175 Age: 20 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Alexander and Margaret Foster, of Market Street, Lurgan

Fox, George Ross

Rank:  Lance Sergeant Number:  14173 Age:  35 Regiment:  "C" Coy. 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Somme, France Notes:  Son of Thomas and Ellen Fox, of 18, Albert St, Lurgan

Fulton, James

Rank: Private Number: 14170 Age: 19 Regiment: "B" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William John and Eliza Fulton, of 22, Mary St., Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Gibson, Henry

Rank:  Private Number:  14239 Age:  20 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes:  Son of William John and Susan Gibson, of 31, Union St., Lurgan

Gibson, William John

Rank:  Private Number:  14225 Age:  27 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Son of James and Mary Gibson, of 10, Brown Yard, Queen St., Lurgan, husband of Agnes Gibson.

Girvan, Joseph

Rank: Lance Sergeant Number: 14241 Age: 30 Regiment: 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 4 July 1916 from wounds received on 1st July 1916. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN Seine-Maritime, France Notes: Husband of Margaret Girvan, of 141, Union St., Lurgan

Glenn, William

Rank: Private Number: 14209 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Somme, France Notes: Son of James Glenn of 21 Church Place, Lurgan.

Gordon, James

Rank: Private Number: 14217 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Husband of Annie Gordon, of 21 Carrickblacker Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Gordon, William

Rank: Sergeant Number: 14221 Age: 27 Regiment: "D" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Robert and Mary Gordon, Husband of Elizabeth Gordon, of 19 Castle Avenue, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Graham, Andrew

Rank: Private Number: 14208 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William and Mary Jane Graham, of Richhill, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Gregg, James

Rank: Private Number: 17556 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Margaret Gregg, Husband of Margaret Gregg of John Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Gregson, Thomas J.

Rank: Rifleman Number: 564 Age: 22 Regiment: 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Thomas and Eleanor Gregson, of Edenballycoggill, Waringstown

Green, William O.

Rank: Second Lieutenant Number: Age: 20 Regiment: 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William John and Elizabeth Green, of 69 Bridge Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Greene, Thomas

Rank: Private Number: 14871 Age: 34 Regiment: 11th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of the late William John and Sarah Jane Greene; Husband of Margaret Greene, of 21, Ormond St., Portadown.

Grimason, Robert

Rank:  Private Number:  14238 Age:  26 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Son of William James Grimason, of 96, Victoria St., Lurgan

Hall, Joseph

Rank: Private Number: 17386 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William and Ellen Hall of Battlehill, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Hamilton, Alex

Rank:  Private Number:  14287 Age:  20 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Somme, France Notes:  Son of James and Maggie Hamilton, of 97, Avenue Rd., Lurgan

Hamilton, J.

Rank: Corporal Number: 14288 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Somme, France

Hamilton, Samuel

Rank: Lance Corporal Number: 14264 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes: Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton of 21 Hamilton St., Lurgan

Hanna, Thomas

Rank: Rifleman Number: 229 Age: Regiment: 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Thomas Hanna is also commemorated on the Waringstown War Memorial.

Harper, William J.

Rank: Private Number: 14247 Age: 28 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of the late William and Matilda Harper of 35 Montague Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Hayes, John

Rank: Private Number: 14303 Age: 37 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of Thomas Hayes; husband of Eliza Hayes, of 28, Sarah St., Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Hayes, Wesley

Rank: Private Number: 18558 Age: 27 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of Thomas and Sarah Hayes, of Clonroot, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Henry, William G.

Rank: Lance Corporal Number: 14276 Age: 28 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of Wallace and Sophia Henry and husband of Martha Henry, of 89 Charles Street, Portadown

Hewitt, James

Rank:  Lance Corporal Number:  16423 Age:  18 Regiment:  "B" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of Robert John and Agnes Hewitt, of Clounagh, Portadown

Hewitt, James.

Rank: Private Number: 14309 Age: 27 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William John and Annie Jane Hewitt, the husband of Lucy of Ballinteggart, Portadown

Hewitt, Thomas

Rank: Private Number: 14315 Age: 19 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Moses and Alice Hewitt of 47 Bridge Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Hewitt, Thomas.

Rank: Private Number: 22755 Age: 24 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of W. J. and Annie Jane Hewitt, of Ballinteggart, Portadown

Hobbs, Andrew

Rank:  Private Number:  14259 Age:  38 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Husband of Elizabeth Hobbs, of 140, Union St., Lurgan

Hobbs, David

Rank:  Private Number:  14305 Age:   Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  

Hobbs, Robert

Rank:  Sergeant Number:  14302 Age:   Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  

Holland, Albert

Rank: Private Number: 14310 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Husband of Evelyn Holland and the father of two children, of Drumgor, Co. Armagh

Holmes, Thomas H.

Rank: Private Number: 14250 Age: 27 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of David and Martha Holmes, of 19 Bridge Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh; Husband of Frances Jane

Houston, Samuel

Rank:  Private Number:  22154 Age:  18 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Son of John and Ellen Houston, of 94, John St., Lurgan

Hull, William

Rank: Corporal Number: 14268 Age: 25 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William John Hull, of 7, Victoria Terrace, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Johnston, Richard

Rank: Private Number: 14365 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Richard had a wife and was the father of three children, they lived at 52 Ann Street, Lurgan.

Jones, Samuel

Rank:  Private Number:  14368 Age:  19 Regiment:  9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of Thomas and Maggie Jones, of 14, Bridge St., Lurgan

Kane, William James

Rank:  Private Number:  14382 Age:  28 Regiment:  9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Somme, France Notes:  Husband of Margaret L. Kane, of 168, Union St., Lurgan

Kelly, William

Rank:  Private Number:  14378 Age:  36 Regiment:  "C" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of Joseph and Anna Kelly; husband of Ellen Kelly, of Turmoyra, Lurgan

Langley, George

Rank:  Private Number:  11945 Age:  26 Regiment:  1st Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Notes:  Son of John and Mary J. Langley, of 89, North St., Lurgan

Lennon, Arthur

Rank:  Private Number:  14424 Age:  43 Regiment:  9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of James Lennon of Bleany, Lurgan

Livingstone, John

Rank: Rifleman Number: 238 Age: 32 Regiment: 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: John is from Silverwood and is the brother of James Livingstone, of 81, Carisbrooke Rd., Walton, Liverpool

Loney, Alfred

Rank: Private Number: 20027 Age: 21 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of George Loney, of Richhill, Co. Armagh.

Long, James

Rank:  Private Number:  19888 Age:  19 Regiment:  9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of William John and Isabella Long, of 45, William St., Lurgan

Lutton, William

Rank: Rifleman Number: 300 Age: 22 Regiment: 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES, Somme, France Notes: Son of Ezekiel and Jane Lutton, of Clare, Waringstown, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Lyness, J.

Rank:  Private Number:  14421 Age:  21 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.1 France Notes:  Son of Ellen and James Lyness, of 17, Brown's Court, Queen St Lurgan

Lyttle, John

Rank: Private Number: 19948 Age: 21 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of William and Mary E. Lyttle, of Church St., Tandragee, Co. Armagh. Born at Portadown.

Lyttle, Joseph S.

Rank: Lance Corporal Number: 14398 Age: 22 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Jane Lyttle of Magheralin, Lurgan,

Magee, James

Rank:  Private Number:  14460 Age:  27 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of William John and Elizabeth Magee, 6, Henry St, Portadown; husband of Emily Magee, of Kilmore

Magee, Robert

Rank: Sergeant Number: 14466 Age: 38 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Husband of Margaret Magee, of Coronation Street, Portadown.

Malone, Thomas G.

Rank: Corporal Number: 14437 Age: 22 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of George and Jane Malone, of 29 George Street, Lurgan.

Matthews, Benjamin

Rank: Private Number: 14888 Age: 21 Regiment: 11th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Matthews of 29 Victoria Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh

McAnoy, Hugh

Rank:  Private Number:  9386 Age:  32 Regiment:  East Lancashire Regiment 1st Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme France Notes:  Son of Mrs. Bella McAnoy, of 121, Castle Lane, Lurgan

McCabe, Alexander

Rank: Private Number: 14573 Age: 20 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Joseph and Dinah McCabe, of Seagoe, Portadown

McCallum, William J.

Rank: Private Number: 17951 Age: 18 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes: Son of James and Margaret McCallum of 124 Union Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh

McCann, Francis R.

Rank: Private Number: 6135 Age: Regiment: 1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Robert and Annie McCann, of 13 Obin Street, Portadown.

McDonald, Alexander

Rank: Private Number: 14506 Age: 22 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Alexander and Mary Jane McDonald, of Liskyborough, Richhill, Portadown.

McFadzean VC, William Frederick

Rank:  Rifleman Number:  18278 Age:  20 Regiment:  14th Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of William and Annie Pedlow McFadzean, of Rubicon, Cregagh, Belfast. Born in Lurgan

McGahey, Samuel

Rank: Private Number: 14521 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Thomas and Isabella McGahey of 19 Charles Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh

McKerr Francis

Rank:  Private Number:  14542 Age:  35 Regiment:  "D" Coy. 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:  Son of Robert and Sarah McKerr, of Drumgor, Lurgan.

McMullan, William J.

Rank: Private Number: 14545 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes: Husband of Sarah McMullan, of 44 Charles Street, Lurgan, County Armagh.

McNally, Frederick

Rank: Private Number: 14515 Age: 28 Regiment: 9th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916. Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes: Husband of Margaret McNally, of 109 Victoria Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

McNally, William J.

Rank: Private Number: 21521 Age: 19 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William McNally, of Irish St., Richhill, Portadown.

Molloy, William H.

Rank: Rifleman Number: 842 Age: 33 Regiment: D Company, 13th Btn Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes: Son of William and Mary Jane Molloy, of Moygannon, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Montgomery, Robert T.

Rank: Second Lieutenant Number: Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Thomas James and Sarah Montgomery, of 9 High Street, Portadown.

Nesbitt Robert

Rank: Private Number: 14585 Age: 24 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of the late Adam and Mary Ann Nesbitt, of Richhill, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Nobel, George

Rank: Rifleman Number: 18566 Age: 28 Regiment: 12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes: Son of the late Martha Mitchell, of 10 James Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Orr, David

Rank: Corporal Number: 17778 Age: 22 Regiment: 108th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Mrs. Mary Orr, of 15, Bridge St., Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Parks, Joseph

Rank: Private Number: 14599 Age: 23 Regiment: "B" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of David and Hannah Parks, of Clonnagh Cottages, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Patterson, William J.

Rank: Private Number: 18610 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Jane Patterson, of Water Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Patton, George

Rank: Private Number: 14618 Age: 42 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of the late George and Eliza Patton: Husband of Eliza Jane Patton, of 121, West St., Portadown

Peden, Henry

Rank: Corporal Number: 15772 Age: 23 Regiment: 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of the late John and Catherine Peden, of Greenan, Dromore, Co. Armagh

Pentland, William H.

Rank: Private Number: 17892 Age: 45 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of George and Ann Pentland, Ballylisk., of Church St., Husband of Mary Anne Pentland of Mary Street, Portadown.

Philips, John

Rank: Private Number: 18246 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Mrs E. Philips of Park Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Potts, William E.

Rank: Rifleman Number: 1358 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: Saturday, 1 July 1916. Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes:

Ridgway, William H.

Rank: Lance Sergeant Number: 18681 Age: 20 Regiment: 14th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: 1 July, 1916. Buried: A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France Notes: Son of Mary Elizabeth Ridgway, of 56 Vernon Street, Belfast William Henry Ridgway is also commemorated on the family headstone in Shankill Cemetery, Lurgan.

Rowan, Andrew

Rank: Private Number: 14655 Age: 35 Regiment: "B" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Notes: Son of John and Margaret Rowan; husband of Hannah J. Rowan, of 14, Coronation St., Portadown.

Ruddell, George

Rank:  Private Number:  18624 Age:  22 Regiment:  Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 109th Coy. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL France Notes:  Son of George and Mary Ruddell, of "Wenlock", Lurgan

Russell, Thomas James

Rank: Lance Corporal Number: 14630 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Robert Russell, of 68, Park Rd., Portadown; husband of Sarah Jane Russell, of 140, Park Rd.

Smyth, Robert

Rank: Private Number: 14684 Age: 18 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: Saturday, 1 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Notes: Son of John and Ellen Smyth of 67 Union Street, Lurgan.

Spence, Septimus Wesley George

Rank:  Rifleman Number:  503 Age:  25 Regiment:  Royal Irish Rifles 13th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme France Notes:  Brother of Howard R. Spence, of Maralin, Lurgan

Stothers, Jackson

Rank: Private Number: 14683 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Robert and Ellen Stothers, of Bright Street, Portadown Co. Armagh.

Thornberry, George

Rank: Private Number: 14731 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Joseph and Jane Thornberry, of Claytown, Lurgan, County Armagh.

Thornberry, Joseph

Rank: Sergeant Number: 11947 Age: 45 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France Notes: Son of Joseph and Jane Thornberry; husband of Annie Thornberry, of Victoria St. Lurgan.

Troughton, Thomas G.

Rank: Private Number: 14196 Age: 22 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of William Troughton, of Mulladry, Richhill, Portadown Co. Armagh.

Turkington, Ernest

Rank:  Corporal Number:  14725 Age:  22 Regiment:  9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, France Notes:  Son of William and Ellen Turkington, of 26, Brownlow Terrace, Lurgan

Vallely, John

Rank: Private Number: 16428 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: From 1 John Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Walsh, James

Rank: Private Number: 17912 Age: 20 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of James and Mary Walsh, of Derrycoose, Annaghmore, Portadown Co. Armagh.

Watson, Frederick

Rank:  Private Number:  14771 Age:  18 Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme France Notes:  Son of William and Margaret Watson, of 24, Hill St., Lurgan

Watson, James, Henry

Rank:  Private Number:  14770 Age:   Regiment:  Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL France Notes:  Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Watson, of 8, Brownlow Terrace, Lurgan

Watson, Joseph

Rank:  Rifleman Number:  814 Age:   Regiment:  Royal Irish Rifles 13th Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  MILL ROAD CEMETERY, THIEPVAL France Notes:  Son of John and Mary Ann Watson, of 114, Victoria St., Lurgan

Wells, Samuel

Rank: Rifleman Number: 4901 Age: Regiment: 14th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: Saturday 01 July 1916. Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes: Son of Samuel and Alice Wells, of Taughrane Magheralin, Co. Armagh.

Wells, Thomas

Rank: Rifleman Number: 4902 Age: Regiment: 14th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: Saturday 01 July 1916. Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes: Son of Samuel and Alice Wells, of Taughrane Magheralin, Co. Armagh.

Wilkinson, John

Rank: Lance Corporal Number: 14747 Age: 22 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: Saturday 01 July 1916 Buried: ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, France Notes: Son of James and Rachel Wilkinson, of Lowlands, Bleary.

Wilson, Joseph

Rank:  Rifleman Number:  5116 Age:  19 Regiment:  Royal Irish Rifles 1st Bn. War:  WW1 Died:  1 July 1916 Buried:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme France Notes:  Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Wilson, of 160, Union St., Lurgan

Wilson, William

Rank: Rifleman Number: 545 Age: Regiment: 13th Btn Royal Irish Rifles War: WW1 Died: Saturday 01 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Notes: From Magheralin, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Wilson, William James

Rank: Private Number: 17070 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: MILL ROAD CEMETERY, THIEPVAL France Notes: From Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Wilson, William John

Rank: Private Number: 14767 Age: 20 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of John and Louisa Wilson, of Richhill, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Winters, Samuel J.

Rank: Private Number: 27471 Age: Regiment: 2nd Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment. War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Of Sarah Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh. Transferred from No: 963, (Army Cyclists) RIF

Woods, David

Rank: Lance Corporal Number: 17662 Age: 23 Regiment: A. Coy. 9th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1 July 1916 Buried: FORCEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, Somme, France Notes: Son of George and Annie Woods, of Ballinary. The Birches, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Woods, Frederick J.

Rank: Private Number: 14796 Age: 24 Regiment: "D" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of John and Christina Woods, of Derrybroughes, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Woods, Joshua

Rank: Private Number: 19809 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 1st July 1916. Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Grandson of John and Susan Woods., of Ballynary, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Wright, Robert

Rank: Private Number: 18059 Age: 20 Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916. Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: Son of Moses and Martha Wright, of Cranagill, Annaghmore, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Wylie, William S.

Rank: Private Number: 18104 Age: Regiment: 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers War: WW1 Died: 01 July 1916 Buried: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL France Notes: of Derrymacfall, Portadown, Co. Armagh.


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