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15/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson Lieutenant Vincent Acheson, of the 6th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who has recently being promoted, is the youngest son of the late Mr David Acheson J.P., founder of the extensive linen manufacturing firm now trading as Acheson & Smith Limited, Castlecaulfield. He took an active part in the Ulster Volunteer movement, and was officer commanding Castlecaulfield Company, and on the outbreak of war, Lieutenant Acheson at once, in common with the senior officers of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F., volunteered his services, and was speedily marked out for well-deserved promotion. He is as popular with officers and men of his present company as he was with the Castlecaulfield Company, and although a man of few words, he put his heart into any undertaking in which he is interested, Educated at Lurgan College, and afterwards at St Andrews College, Dublin, Lieutenant Acheson, after a very successful scholastic career, went to Manchester to attend technical classes in connection with the linen industry. On the death of his father three years ago, he took charge of the Castlecaulfield factory, and his thorough knowledge of the details of the business enabled him to carry it on with complete success. Lieutenant Acheson is married the eldest daughter of Mr Peter Swan, of Broughty Ferry, Scotland and they resides in in the commodious building at Castlecaulfield, in which the famous Earl of Charlemont was born, the Charlemont family having moved into it temporarily when the Castle at Castlecaulfield was burned, the ruins of which are still to be seen. Lieutenant Acheson belongs to an old Presbyterian family. His grandfather, Rev. Joseph Acheson, was for many years the beloved pastor of Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church and to his memory, the congregation recently erected a fine building known as the Acheson Memorial Hall. Ever an ardent sportsman, Lieutenant Acheson assisted the Dungannon Football Rugby Club, and captained the team in 1906-07, when Dungannon annexed the Provincial Towns Cup after a very hard struggle and several drawn games. His brothers, Dr Malcolm Acheson, who is at present at the front with the R.A.M.C., and Fred and Frank, were also enthusiastic members of the club.
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15/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th January 1915:
14/07/2018 Driver Robert Lynn ‘We are having some terrible bad weather here, a continual downpour of rain and sleet, which makes us very miserable as well as anything else. I can hardly remember anything like it in Ireland. Not even the monsoons in India are as bad. The roads are covered with water. The rivers are overflowed into the fields, but in the trenches it is up to the waist with mud and water, and the banks are falling in. There are plenty of our chaps beginning to feel rheumatism coming on. I tell you it is no wonder. We get an occasional spell to ourselves, which we take the advantage of for a hot water bath and a complete change if we are lucky to get it. The Germans must be in an awful state. When there is any of them captured, they are in a terrible state of filth and starvation. Their officers keep them to it. If they make any hesitation they are shot down by their own men. We are all right for food and clothes, and our chaps are thanking the people at home for what they have done for us out here. We are now waiting for Kitchener’s Army to come up in the firing line to get a week’s rest. I think we have done our share of the fighting since we started. Everywhere we have met the Germans they were always ten to one, but don’t forget when you look over the death roll every week that the Germans are five times that many. There is no mistake, our fellows have never been so pressed before. Never in any campaign have they showed so much courage. The Germans would rather meet any other nation as meet us. They loose all heart, and when the heart is gone, the fight is lost. Many a time I think the Lord must be on our side. There is no ‘kid about it, my luck has been great. I am in the best of health and spirits.’
14/07/2018 Driver Robert Lynn Driver R Lynn, of the 87th Battery Royal Field Artillery, writing to his friends in Coalisland, states:-
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14/07/2018 Driver Robert Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd January 1915:
12/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson Mr Vincent A Acheson has been promoted from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant in the 6th Inniskillings. He was a prominent rugby man, and company commander ‘G’ Company U.V.F.
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12/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th January 1915:
12/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Averall Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Averall From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
12/07/2018 Pte. James Devlin Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. James Devlin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
12/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas - James Davis (brother of Joy Davis)
12/07/2018 Pte. William Richard Dickson Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. William Richard Dickson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
12/07/2018 Pte. Joseph McIntyre Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. Joseph McIntyre From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
11/07/2018 2nd Lt William Porter Messrs W Porter and J F Hunter, of A Company, Dungannon Battalion Ulster Volunteer Force, have received commissions in the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, as also has Mr Stewart Moore, who enlisted from D (Bush) Company, Dungannon Battalion Ulster Volunteer Force. The three gentlemen joined the Inniskillings in August last as privates in August and worked their way up until they received their commissions. Lieutenant Porter is a brother-in-law of Mr R W Bingham, B.A., headmaster of Dungannon Royal School, and as a half company commander of A Company, was very popular with officers and men. He has been in Canada for a number of years, and last year on his return played as half back in Dungannon Rugby Football Team, and with followers of the handling code, was also extremely popular. Lieutenant Hunter is a son of Rev Dr Hunter, who is at present engaged in missionary work in China on behalf of the Presbyterian Church. Lieutenant Moore is a well-known sportsman, and was a frequent visitor to Elm Lodge, the residences of Captain R H Scott, of the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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11/07/2018 2nd Lt William Porter From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Commissions for Dungannon Volunteers
07/07/2018 Driver Patrick Gartland Messrs. J P Daly, T Bradley and P Gartland, of the Irish Brigade, are at home for a few days. They have not been supplied with khaki uniforms yet, although they have enlisted two months ago.
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07/07/2018 Driver Patrick Gartland From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915:
01/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis Corporal James Davis, of the North Irish Horse, has written to his father, Mr James Davis, senior, Barrack Street, Dungannon, under date the 21st December. No communication has been received from him for the past fourteen weeks, so that naturally his family were anxious for his safety. He states that he is now using a rifle belonging to a Derry trooper who had been killed in action in Belgium in the earlier part of the fighting. His squadron had been 250 all told when the landed in France, but within a fortnight they were greatly reduced. During that time some of their lads won the French Legion of Honour for the gallant defence of a town made by a small party of North Irish Horse. They were the rear-guard to a column in retreat from Mons and although the shells were flying thickly and the Germans were about to enter the town, they kept the enemy in check. Three hours afterwards the place was in flames and the Germans were on the march again, but the North Irish Horse had achieved the purpose intended. They were at present attached to headquarters, but he had just heard they were going into active service again and that a squadron was coming out from Ireland to take their place. The South Irish Horse had been sent to the trenches about a month ago and were now near Lille.
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01/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd January 1915: French Legion of Honour Conferred - James Davis (brother of Joy Davis)
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