Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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09/12/2018 Maj Hugh Price Travers Major Hugh Price Travers, Duke of Wellington Regiment, 8th Battalion, missing at the Dardanelles, is the third son of the late Colonel Henry Travers, of Kincraigie, Courtmacsherry, County Cork, and comes of a long line of soldiers, one of his uncles being the late General James Travers, V.C. He was through the South African war. In 1907 Major Travers married Margaret Edith Ellis, eldest daughter of the late Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. He formerly resided at Grange Park, Moy which his father had rented. He was a noted rugby football player and gave his services on behalf of Dungannon Rugby Football Club for several years.
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09/12/2018 Maj Hugh Price Travers From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th September 1915: – Major Travers Missing
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Private Robert McReynolds is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery in Turkey.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Robert left behind a widow and a small family.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Private Robert McReynolds was serving with the 1st/6th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry when he died of wounds received on 14th August 1915 during the Gallipoli Campaign. He was 29.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Private McReynolds came back to Dungannon and went to Egypt in May last preparatory to going to the Dardanelles.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Private McReynolds went abroad with the First Expeditionary Force and was wounded in the retreat from Mons.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Robert enlisted in Glasgow in 1914. He joined the Highland Light Infantry.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds The Ulster Covenant in 1912 lists Robert as signing at 100 Wellington Street, Glasgow.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds About 1904 he signed up with the Scottish Territorials. He served with them for ten years.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Robert McReynolds went to live in Scotland.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Known family: John McReynolds, Margaret McReynolds, Eliza J McReynolds (born about 1882), Robert McReynolds (born about 1885), Annie McReynolds (born about 1886).
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds By the time of the 1901 census the family was living in Linfield Street in Dungannon. Robert was working as a linen band tier. He was 16 years old. His father was a labourer.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Robert McReynolds was the son of John and Margaret McReynolds. He was born in Lisburn about 1886.
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds Mrs Clayton, The Park, Dungannon, has received intimation that her brother, Corporal Robert McReynolds, of the Black Watch, has died from the effects of wounds received at the Gallipoli Peninsula on 14th August. Corporal McReynolds, who was a son of the late Mr John McReynolds, was a native of Dungannon. When employed in Glasgow, he served ten years in the Scottish Territorials, and on the outbreak of the present war joined the Black Watch. He went abroad with the First Expeditionary Force and was wounded in the retreat from Mons. He came back to Dungannon and went to Egypt in May last preparatory to going to the Dardanelles. He leaves a widow and a small family.
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09/12/2018 Pte. Robert McReynolds From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th September 1915: Corporal McReynolds
09/12/2018 Pte. Robert George Lawson Lance Corporal Thomas Lawson, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has intimated to his parents at Milltown, Dungannon, that he has recovered from his wounds received at the first landing at the Dardanelles and has returned to the front.
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09/12/2018 Pte. Robert George Lawson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th September 1915: Lance Corporal Thomas Lawson (Brother of George Lawson)
08/12/2018 Pte. Frederick James Dunn Corporal Dunn, who leaves a widow and several small children, had been estate carpenter to the Earl of Ranfurly for over three years. He had been a section leader in the Dungannon Battalion of the Ulster Volunteer Force, and had volunteered with the Dungannon contingent on 26th August 1914, to join the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, but he was afterwards transferred to his present regiment. He had had four years’ service in the 1st (Volunteer) Battalion Royal Berks Regiment in England, of which country he was a native.
08/12/2018 Pte. Frederick James Dunn ‘Dear Mrs Dunn, as your husband’s officer, I must write and offer you my sympathy in your great loss. It may comfort you to know that he was killed instantly and there was no suffering. He carried on his work cheerily to the last, and behaved as you would have wished him to. Sincerely yours, Lieutenant T E N Byrne.’
08/12/2018 Pte. Frederick James Dunn Much express was expressed in Dungannon on Wednesday when it became known that Corporal Frederick J Dunn, 5th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (Pioneers), had been killed in action during the recent Gallipoli operations. The sad news was conveyed in the following letter to his young widow, written by Lieutenant T E N Byrne of the same battalion:-
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08/12/2018 Pte. Frederick James Dunn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th September 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Experiences
08/12/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Corporal Johnston then, very thoughtfully, obtained a sheet of zinc and punched Lord Northland’s name, etc, in it and nailed it to the wooden cross, where it still remains unaffected by the weather, and will render the grave easily discoverable when the war is over. He also employed a French photographer to take a photo of the grave, and forwarded it to Lady Ranfurly. On Friday last, when on his way to the front, he paid Lady Ranfurly a visit in London at her request.
08/12/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Having heard a rumour that a ‘Captain Northland’ was in the fatal list, Johnston made enquiries and found to his deep sorrow that it was his old Volunteer leader who was dead. A week later when Johnston was relieved in the trenches, he made his way to Lord Northland’s platoon and found that the latter had met his death at the famous La Bassee brickyard. He had been buried at La Bassee cemetery wrapped up in his great coat. Johnston visited the grave, and assisted by two French grave diggers, erected a proper mound over it, and finding some plants of boxwood, placed them around the grave. A wooden cross, bearing Lord Northland’s name, had been erected over the grave, but Johnston, fearing that the writing on it might become obliterated, wrote to Lady Ranfurly suggesting that a brass cross with inscription should be sent over from London. Her Ladyship however replied that she feared, in case of a German attack or English retreat, that the brilliancy of the metal might cause the grave to be disturbed by shell fire.
08/12/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The only time Corporal Johnston saw the late Lord Northland was two days before the latter was killed. Johnston heard that Lord Northland was at the front and had been looking out for him. On the day in question, the Coldstream Guards were passing on the Inniskillings’ left and Lord Northland, recognising Johnston, beckoned to him and called him to look him up. Johnston was unable to do so, and two days later Lord Northland was killed.
08/12/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Corporal John Johnston, 2nd Royal Inniskillings, returned to the front on Thursday last and received a hearty send-off at Dungannon Railway Station from a number of well-wishers. It was at St Julien on 8th May that Corporal Johnston distinguished himself by taking command of four machine guns for three hours, when all the officers had either been killed or wounded. The fighting was so desperate that he states General French himself came up to the firing line to encourage the men and sent his two sides-de-camp to bring in the wounded. A Church of England bishop viewed the Festubert attack from a little hill, and he afterwards told the men that it was marvellous that any of them had returned safely, and he could not understand how men could live in such a fire. The night before the attack the bishop had held a service at which 600 of the Inniskillings had attended, but at the next church parade there was but a scanty remnant present.
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08/12/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th September 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Experiences
08/12/2018 Lieut Hewitt Huggard Lieutenant Hewitt Huggard, 6th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, who is reported as missing in the Gallipoli Peninsula during the recent operations (in which two of his brother officers were killed, two were wounded and five, including his colonel, returned as missing), is the eldest son of Captain the Rev Richard Huggard, M.A., formerly curate of St Anne’s Parish Church, Dungannon, and was born in that town. Rev R Huggard, who is now rector of Barnsley, Yorkshire, was prior to his ministry in Dungannon, curate of Tuam and of St Michael’s, Galway. He was an enthusiastic and typical Irish sportsman and his work on behalf of Irish Rugby Football was universally recognised. In the land of the Saxon his Irish zeal was even more evident and he became a past president of the Yorkshire Rugby Union. He enlisted in the new army and threw so much zeal into recruiting in the Barnsley district that 2,700 men, over two battalions, have passed through his hands into the ranks of the York and Lancasters. He therefore well earned his present rank of Captain in the 14th Service Battalion York and Lancasters by his administrative work, even if the leadership of forces in the field is denied him. In addition to the missing officer, another son holds a commission in the 13th Service Battalion York and Lancasters, so that clerical house possesses a good family record.
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08/12/2018 Lieut Hewitt Huggard From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th September 1915: Dungannon Officer Missing
07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes The distance we travelled on horseback was roughly about 130 miles, and we are as fit as the proverbial fiddle, and our horses in pretty good condition. There is plenty of splendid water here. This is a part of German South West where no Britisher has ever been before, and it seems we have to explore right from east to west, so as to ensure there are no Germans remaining.
07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes On the following day the scouts came back and reported they could find no other way, so we proceeded seemingly still in the wrong direction, but after spending a very cold night, the first thing we discovered to cheer us up was a road leading to the right, and a signpost marked ‘Narudas Sud, 48 kilometres (30 miles).’ Well of all the rough roads and stony places it has ever been my lot to go over in the worst parts of South Africa, this road, in German South West Africa, took the biscuit, and the German surveyor must have made a huge mistake in his measurements, as the distance to Narudas was more like sixty miles. When we got there we found, to our surprise and disgust that the Germans had cleared out after burning down the buildings and doing so much damage to their property as they could.
07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes There were plenty of Steinbuck and Kudus (African Antelope) in those wilds, so that we got fresh meat. Then a lot of brushwood was collected and we soon had a roaring fire. We did really know how to cook the meat, so we made a stew and the result was pronounced successful. We had a jolly good tuck-in, and you would have thought it was a picnic, all sitting around the fire, each with a steaming mug of coffee, smoking and relating various experiences.
07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes We passed on our way numerous signposts with arrows pointing out direction of the next place, and how many kilometres. In every place we passed through that had been formerly inhabited, we could see the kind of lazy life they led, there been thousands of empty beer and wine bottles. On our fourth day we absolutely got into the heart of the mountains, and in some places it was as much as the horses could do to scale the heights. Our rate of travelling was accordingly reduced to about two or three miles an hour, and we had no idea whether we were going the proper way or not, so we camped and sent out scouts in different directions.
07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes We started off on horseback and passed through lots of German places, which the enemy had evacuated, particularly Narubis, a really lovely spot, with magnificent buildings and stables, good water supply etc., which would do credit to any of the big cities at home. Why the Germans did not put up a fight at several of these places no one can make out, as they are natural fortifications, and a few hundred men could keep thousands at bay. We proceeded on our way through the sand, camping out at night after looking after our horses and enjoying our bully beef and biscuits. Some parts of the country did not look so bad but generally, it was nothing but sand heights on every side so far as the eye could see.
07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes We stopped at Keetsmanhoof for three days, when we got orders to proceed to take Narudas (now part of Namibia), a place Headquarters knew was a fortified German police station, but did not know the distance or road to it, but only the direction where it was situated.
07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes Trooper Hamilton Burrowes, pf the 5th Regiment south Africa Mounted Rifles, writing to his mother, Mrs Burrowes, ‘Hillside’, Dungannon, from Narudas, German South West Africa says:- ‘I am writing from one of the most outlandish places it is possible to find, situated amongst the mountains. To begin with, we sailed from Capetown by the Rufidji, a German prize boat, commandeered by the Government. We arrived at Linderitzbucht after a pleasant sea voyage, and marvelous to relate, no one was sick on the four day journey. Fifty-one men in an open truck, not to speak of our saddlery and kitbags. You can imagine there was not much sleep during the night time, and it was also bitterly cold. We travelled at a good pace, in fact the train broke all records for the distance, arriving six hours before the scheduled time.
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07/12/2018 Trooper Hamilton Hugh Burrowes From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th September 1915: Trooper Hamilton Burrowes in South West Africa
05/12/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. Bombardier James Lynn, 6th Division Royal Field Artillery, writing from France to friends in Coalisland referred in feeling terms to the death in action of his brother, Driver Robert Lynn, and to the wounding of his other two brothers, but as he says, somebody had to go and he was one of them. It was during the last operations that he was killed.
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05/12/2018 Sgt. James Lynn M.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th August 1915: Bombardier James Lynn
05/12/2018 Capt William Tillie Dickson DICKSON – SINCLAIR - 23rd August, by special license, at 38 Windsor Park, Belfast, by Rev A H Dill, M.A., assisted by Rev Robert Workman, M.A., uncles of the bride, T C H Dickson, Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, younger son of James Dickson, Milltown House, Dungannon, county Tyrone, to Mary, only daughter of John Sinclair, 38 Windsor Park, Belfast.
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05/12/2018 Capt William Tillie Dickson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th August 1915: Marriages (T C H Dickson – brother of W T Dickson)
04/12/2018 Pte. Alexander Watt Among the latest recruits in the new army is Mr Willie Watt, son of Mr Joseph Watt, George’s Street, Dungannon. He emigrated two and a half years ago and has joined the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles, and is at present in training in Toronto. While in Dungannon he was very popular. He was an active member of the local Church Lads’ Brigade Corps and Dungannon Brass Band.
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04/12/2018 Pte. Alexander Watt From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st August 1915: William Watt (brother of Alexander Watt)
04/12/2018 Pte. William John Telford Private William Telford has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
04/12/2018 Pte. William John Telford ‘On the 8th May the 1st Yorks and Lancs regiments were in huts at Flamertinghe. At 11.30 in the morning we had orders to stand to, and a quarter of an hour afterwards we went to the trenches, and for about three miles after that we were exposed to heavy shell fire. We got into the shallow trench and waited there that day. Then we got orders to fix bayonets, as we were going to attack the trench at eight o’clock that night. We got about 100 yards off from the German trenches, and lay down in the open for, I should think, ten or fifteen minutes. We had lost heavily, and there did not seem anyone to take command. Someone gave the order to retire, and we started to retire from the road and got back to the trenches that we had been in on the morning. We stopped there that night and all the next day and were bombarded all the time. During that day the last officer (there was one after all) Mr Briscoe, got killed, and the Germans came up during that night. The officer’s servants went out to look for their officers but found none. A few wounded men got back, but a lot were left out. We were relieved the following night, I may add that during the whole of this time the shelling was terrific.’
04/12/2018 Pte. William John Telford Much anxiety is felt by the relatives in Dungannon of Corporal William Telford (18140), 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, son of Mr Richard Telford, Dungannon, who has been missing since 8th May last. The Army Records state that he was wounded in France on that date and that his whereabouts are unknown. He had been a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) for several years and was a well-known and popular instrumentalist in the Depot Band. For a year prior to the outbreak of war, he had been a member of the Yorkshire County Police Force, and had volunteered for service with the York and Lancasters at the commencement of hostilities. The British Red Cross have made careful enquiries about him, and have obtained the following report from a corporal of the same battalion, giving a general account of the attack made by the British on the date in question:-
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04/12/2018 Pte. William John Telford From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st August 1915: Bandsman Telford Missing
04/12/2018 Gnr Patrick Joseph Sands A newspaper report from December 1915 states that he was back at the front.
04/12/2018 Gnr Patrick Joseph Sands Gunner Sands was injured in France on 4th August 1915. He was removed to Manchester War Hospital.
04/12/2018 Gnr Patrick Joseph Sands He had done garrison duty in England for some time before going to the front in 1915.
04/12/2018 Gnr Patrick Joseph Sands On the outbreak of war Gunner Patrick Sands was with his battalion in India.
04/12/2018 Gnr Patrick Joseph Sands Mrs Sands, Mullaghanagh, Dungannon, has received official intimation that her second son, Private Patrick Sands, Royal Garrison Artillery, is at present in Manchester War Hospital suffering from wounds received in France on 4th August. Private Sands is one of three brothers on active service. He had been in the army for the past six years, and on the outbreak of war was with his battalion in India. He had done garrison duty in England for some time and went to the front some months ago.
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04/12/2018 Gnr Patrick Joseph Sands From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st August 1915: Private Patrick Sands in Hospital
04/12/2018 Gnr Patrick Joseph Sands Patrick Sands enlisted in Dungannon around 1909.
03/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn The parents of Driver Robert Lynn, 87th Battery Royal Field Artillery, who resides at Mousetown, Coalisland, have received official intimation that he was killed in action in France on 4th August. Driver Lynn, who was one of four brothers serving at the Western front., had gone out with the first expeditionary force, and had participated in all the principal engagements. His interesting letters have frequently appeared in these columns.
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03/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 14th August 1915: Driver Robert Lynn
02/12/2018 Capt Bernard Score Browne M.C. Colonel Edward George Browne, who is attached to the Headquarters Medical Service Staff at present operating in France, has been mentioned in despatches for courageous conduct during the recent severe attacks. He had been in India for several years and had just been granted three months sick leave when war broke out, and on landing at Portsmouth, was immediately sent by the War Office to the front. In attending the wounded soldiers in a shell swept zone he was gassed, but pluckily continued in his meritorious work. Colonel Browne, who was born at Killymaddy House, Dungannon, is a brother of Colonel William Browne, J.P., Northland Row, Dungannon; Dr T D Browne, Benburb; and Dr T J Browne, Dublin, Local Government Board Medical Inspector and is well known in the district.
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02/12/2018 Capt Bernard Score Browne M.C. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th August 1915: Dungannon Officer’s Pluck (uncle of Bernard Browne)
02/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn ‘I am quite well and in the best of form. I saw the ‘Dungannon News’ where Corporal Johnston, of the Inniskilling Fusiliers, of Dungannon, had such great faith in the Germans method with prisoners. He seems to know all about it. Does he know what the Germans did at the beginning of the war when they were flushed with their victories before November and December? They captured a few of our chaps and couldn’t send them back, so they shot them out of hand and then ran like cowards. A little incident during the fighting at Aisne does away with all ideas of the Germans. During a lull in the fighting the Prussians were opposed in the trenches by a certain Yorkshire regiment. The Germans took up a white flag, but our fellows took no notice. Two or three times the Germans put the flag up, and the officer commanding at last told the Yorks to stand up in the trench. They had no sooner shown themselves to the Germans than they were shot down like sheep. There have been several instances when a regiment of infantry, seeing themselves outnumbered and beaten, have surrendered, thinking they would be taken prisoners, but as soon as the enemy have got near them, they have shot them down. Another incident I add to German cruelty is of a young fellow of a certain regiment out here. When his regiment had to retire out of the first line of trench temporarily, he stuck to the trench. The Germans had sent gas out and he said his respirator was good, and that he would stop on. When his regiment counter attacked and regained the trench, they found the plucky lad with no fewer than eighteen bayonet wounds in his body. We are not allowed to express things as we would like, especially when a fellow soldier starts contradicting one of us who has come through the thick of the fighting since last August and, thank God, is still alive and well’
02/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn Driver R Lynn, of the 87th Battery, writing to his people at Coalisland, on 24th July says:-
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02/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st July 1915: Driver Lynn Replies
02/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn ‘Referring to Corporal Johnston’s contradictions of Driver Lynn’s letter in your paper, which has come to my notice, I must say that he knows very little, and has seen very little of the barbarous crimes of the Huns. Perhaps if he had been the great retreat he would have had his eyes opened, when often we took up on our limbers and wagons infantry stragglers, completely done up and afraid to lie down, well knowing the fate that had befallen some of their comrades. The Germans were pretty close on our heels in those days, and were out for any sort of crime. They did not hesitate to bayonet or shoot such of our men as were left behind to their fate. I could give him several other cases, but it best to reserve them for future occasion if necessary. As regards ‘No Man’s Land’ which he speaks of, I think if he had been in our vicinity during some of the gas attacks, he would have seen plenty of the Hun’s crimes. When the Canadian troops had to fall back there were, I am sorry to say, many left behind, and some of their bodies are still there at the present time of writing owing to the difficulty of getting them in to bury. As regards infantry men being the only ones to see this sort of thing, I say again he is mistaken. I myself, as a signaler and telephonist, and also our observers, have been in the front line of trenches every week since the beginning, and but for our guns the infantry would have soon had to retire.’
02/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn The Lynn-Johnston controversy in this paper on the question of German cruelties seems to have aroused the liveliest interest in the trenches, and we have today received the following letter from another artillery man at the front with the 43rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery, 12th Brigade, 6th Division:-
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02/12/2018 Driver Robert Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st July 1915: The Lynn-Johnston Controversy
02/12/2018 Capt Bernard Score Browne M.C. From the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st March 1918: Army Medical Service Edward Browne (uncle of Bernard Brown)
01/12/2018 Pte. Joseph McIntyre Corporal John McIntyre, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, returned home to Dungannon on Monday. It will be remembered that he received very serious wounds in the back during the big fight at Festubert in May last, and was a considerable period in hospital in England. He is now progressing rapidly, and has obtained ten days leave.
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01/12/2018 Pte. Joseph McIntyre From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st July 1915: Corporal John McIntyre (brother of Joseph McIntyre)
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