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86132   Sapper Joseph McCall
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 31/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 258th Tunnelling Cmpany, Royal Engineers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 26/01/1879
Died: 15/10/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 37
Summary      
Joseph McCall was the youngest son of David and Mary Ann McCall. He was born on 26th January 1879 in Moy, County Tyrone. He was one of at least five children. The family lived near Stangmore, Dungannon. His father was a general labourer. Joseph McCall was a Private with the Irish Guards for a time. Joseph McCall then joined the Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers. Sapper Joe McCall was serving with the 258th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers when he was killed in action on 15th October 1916 in France.
Further Information
Joseph McCall was the youngest son of David and Mary Ann McCall. David McCall and Mary Ann Wade were married on 4th January 1869 in the district of Dungannon.
Joseph McCall was born on 26th January 1879 in Moy, County Tyrone. He was one of at least five children.
Known family: David McCall, Mary Ann McCall, Patrick McCall (born 16th November 1869), Elizabeth McCall (born 13th February 1872), David McCall (born 12th March 1874), Sarah McCall (born 22nd March 1876), Joseph McCall (born 26th January 1879).
The 1901 census does not list Joseph as living with the family at house 8 in Derrycreevy (Knox), Bernagh, County Tyrone. His father was a general labourer.
The 1911 census lists Joseph's mother living with her son David at house 5 in Derrycreevy (Knox), Bernagh, Tyrone.
Joseph McCall was a Private with the Irish Guards for a time, Service No 5064.
Medal card
Joseph McCall then joined the Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers.
The 258th Tunnelling Company was formed at Rouen in April 1916 and moved into Hill 70 sector near Loos.
Sapper Joe McCall was serving with the 258th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers when he was killed in action on 15th October 1916 in France.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 2nd November 1916:
Sapper Joseph McCall, Royal Engineers, killed in action on 15th October, was the youngest son of the late Mr David McCall, Stangmore, Dungannon, and the brother of Mr David McCall, Jun., Annaghbeg, Donaghmore.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 9 November 1916:
Mr David McCall, Annaghbeg, has received intimation that his brother, Sapper Joseph McCall, Royal Engineers, youngest son of the late Mr David McCall, Stangmore, was killed in action on 15th October.
Sapper Joe McCall has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
The CWGC record Joseph McCall as the brother of David McCall, of 511 Ormeau Road, Belfast.
Ireland’s Memorial Records incorrectly refer to a Joe ‘McCain’.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moy Moy Born in Moy 54.449932 -6.702104
2 Derrycreevy (Knox) Killyman Census lists family at Derrycreevy (Knox) 54.484329 -6.730995
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1 1901 Census lists McCall family Does not list Joseph as living with the family at house 8 in Derrycreevy (Knox), Bernagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McCall family Lists Joseph's mother living with her son at house 5 in Derrycreevy (Knox), Bernagh, Tyrone
3 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Joe McCain, born Moy
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 The Long, Long Trail Details of the 258 Tunnel Company
6 Townlands.ie Derrycreevy (Knox) Townland - near Dungannon
7 Tunneller's Memorial Diary of the 258 Tunnel Company may be obtained here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020