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216   Rifleman Charles Preston
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 18th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 27/11/1915 (Home)
Age: 44
Summary      
Charles Preston was born about 1871 in Clabby, County Fermanagh. The 1911 census lists Charles as age 40 living with his wife Mary Jane and family at house 43 in Seskinore, Omagh, County Tyrone. Charles was a general labourer. Charles enlisted at Finner Camp, County Donegal. He was living in the Omagh at the time. Private Charles Preston was serving with the 18th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he died at home on Saturday 27th Nov 1915. Private Charles Preston is buried in Seskinore, Omagh, County Tyrone.
Further Information
Charles Preston was born about 1871 in Clabby, County Fermanagh.
Charles was formerly in the army, and fought through the South African campaign.
The 1911 census lists Charles as age 40 living with his wife Mary Jane and family at house 43 in Seskinore, Omagh, County Tyrone. Charles was a general labourer.
Family: Charles P Preston (born about 1871), Mary Jane Preston (born about 1871), William Preston (born about 1896), Mary Ann Preston (born about 1900), Caroline Preston (born about 1904), Charles Preston (born about 1906), Rubie Shea Preston (born about 1908).
Prior to the outbreak of war, he had been in the employment of Colonel J K McClintock, D.L., officer commanding the 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Londonderry.
Charles enlisted at Finner Camp, County Donegal. He was living in the Omagh at the time. He volunteered in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, but was subsequently transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles.
One of his sons was serving at the front, and another was in America, while his wife Mary Jane had care of four younger members of the family at home.
Private Charles Preston was serving with the 18th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he died at home on Saturday 27th Nov 1915. It seems he died in a fire.
The funeral took place from his late home, a little cottage on the Seskinore Estate, County Tyrone, of Private Preston, and the remains were reverently laid to rest in the quiet graveyard in Seskinore, Omagh, County Tyrone.
Colonel McClintock personally attended as a mark of respect for a trusted employee and a gallant soldier, and the pall bearers consisted of a number of men of the Inniskillings from Omagh depot. Rev Dr Hunter, rector of the parish, conducted an impressive funeral service.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 30th November 1915: Tyrone Fire Tragedy Funeral of Private Preston
The funeral took place yesterday afternoon from his late home, a little cottage on the Seskinore Estate, County Tyrone, of Private Charles Preston, of the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and the remains were reverently laid to rest in the quiet graveyard in Seskinore. The deceased, prior to the outbreak of war, had been in the employment of Colonel J K McClintock, D.L., officer commanding the 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Londonderry, and was held in high regard by the people of the district. He was formerly in the army, having fought through the South African campaign, and shortly after the outbreak of the present war, he volunteered in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Ulster Division), but was subsequently transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles. One of his sons is serving at the front, and another is in America, while his wife had care of four younger members of the family at home. The funeral was exceptionally large, the attendance including practically every person in the vicinity. Colonel McClintock personally attended as a mark of respect for a trusted employee and a gallant soldier, and the pall bearers consisted of a number of men of the Inniskillings from Omagh depot. Rev Dr Hunter, rector of the parish, conducted an impressive funeral service.
Private Charles Preston is buried in Seskinore, Omagh, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Clabby Fivemiletown Born in Clabby 54.401174 -7.371161
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Preston family Lists Charles as age 40 living with his family at house 43 in Seskinore, Tyrone
2 Facebook - War Graves Ulster Project Photo of Charles Preston's grave
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020