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12202   Private Thomas McCaffrey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Died: 14/04/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Summary      
Thomas McCaffrey was the son of Thomas and Mary Anne McCaffrey. Thomas was born about 1889 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. The CWGC record Thomas McCaffrey as the husband of Mary McCaffrey, of 1 Mercer Street Garston, Liverpool. Private Thomas McCaffrey was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 14th April 1918. Private Thomas McCaffrey is buried in Aval Wood, just 48kms away from his brother Joseph McCaffrey, who was killed seven months earlier.
Further Information
Thomas McCaffrey was the son of Thomas and Mary Anne McCaffrey. Thomas was born about 1889 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
The 1901 census records Thomas as age 12 living with the family at house 4 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone. He was still at school. Thomas' father was a farmer.
Family: Thomas McCaffrey, Mary Anne McCaffrey, James McCaffrey (born about 1885), Patrick McCaffrey (born about 1887), Thomas McCaffrey (born about 1889), John McCaffrey (born about 1891), Catherine Letitia McCaffrey (born about 1893), William McCaffrey (born about 1894), Joseph Fred McCaffrey (born about 1896)
The 1911 census does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 6 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone.
Private Thomas McCaffrey was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 14th April 1918 during the Kaiserslacht offensive. The dates seem to coincide with the defence of Nieppe Forest where it looks like the Irish Guards units in the area were all but wiped out. Private McCaffrey was 29 years old.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 23 May 1918:
Private Willie Martin, son of Mrs Martin, Fivemiletown, and brother of Lieutenant Tom Martin, now at Middletown, Harry Emerson, Foglish, and Thomas Irvine of Clabby, have been reported missing and Private Thomas McCaffrey, formerly of Liverpool, and son of Mr Thomas McCaffrey, Kiltermon, has been reported killed in action. He leaves a young widow and one child in Liverpool and had a brother killed in action sometime ago.
Thomas McCaffrey left behind a young widow Mary McCaffrey and a young child. The CWGC record Mary McCaffrey as living at Mercer Street Garston, Liverpool.
Private Thomas McCaffrey is buried in Aval Wood, just 48kms away from his brother Joseph McCaffrey, who was killed seven months earlier.
Thomas's youngest brother, Private Joseph McCaffrey, was serving with 'A' Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was wounded at Passchendaele, where there was a major offensive on the Messines Road at that time. Joseph McCaffrey died of his wounds on 22nd September 1917. He was 21 years old.
The CWGC records Private Thomas McCaffrey as the son of Thomas and Mary McCaffrey of Co. Tyrone and the husband of Mary McCaffrey, of 1 Mercer Street, Garston, Liverpool.
Thanks to Frank McCaffrey, who has been in contact to confirm that the family name of his two great granduncles was McCaffrey.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Kiltermon Fivemiletown Census listing in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown 54.382057 -7.270045
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1 1901 Census lists McCaffery family Lists Thomas as age 12 living with the family at house 4 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McCaffrey family Does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 6 in Kiltermon, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 Forum thread Confirms Thomas McCaffrey and Joseph McCaffrey as brothers
4 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Thomas McCaffrey, born Fivemiletown
5 Private Joseph McCaffrey Brother of Thomas McCaffrey
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Thomas McCaffrey's gravestone can be purchased here
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