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22930   Private James Stewart
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 40
Summary      
James Stewart was born at Tullyniskane, Newmills about 1876. The 1911 census records James as living in Farlough, Tullyniskane, County Tyrone which is just outside Newmills. He was 35 years old and was married to Annie. They had two sons. James was working as a butler in a linen mill. James Stewart was secretary of L.O.L. 183 for four years before enlisting. James enlisted in Dungannon. Private James Stewart was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was 40 years old.
Private James Stewart
Further Information
James Stewart was a son of the late Mr Joseph Stewart, Newmills. James was born at Tullyniskane, Newmills about 1876.
The 1911 census records James as living in Farlough, Tullyniskane, County Tyrone which is just outside Newmills. He was 35 years old and was married to Annie. They had two sons. James was working as a butler in a linen mill.
1911 Family: James Stewart (born about 1876), Annie Stewart (born about 1885), Joseph Stewart (born about 1907), William James Stewart (born about 1910).
James at one time worked in Derryvale Linen and Finishing Works.
James Stewart was secretary of L.O.L. 183 for four years and W.M. of the Bush R.B..P., No 4.
He had also been a member of the Newmills Company, Dungannon Battalion U.V.F.,
James volunteered in the 9th Tyrone Volunteers on the outbreak of war.
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From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd February 1916: Coalisland Comforts
Mrs H Wilson, Roan House, Coalisland, has lately received grateful letter of thanks from the following local men at the front to Miss Adams and helpers of Coalisland Jumble Sale, for parcels of comforts received:- Private Hugh O’Neill, Corporal James Crooks, Driver P Gartland, Private Robert Campbell, Private J P Daly, R Patterson (prisoner), Private James Stewart, Sergeant J Marsh, Private S Proctor, Bombardier W Rougvie, Royal Field Artillery, Gunner W Brockwell, Royal Field Artillery, and others.
Private James Stewart was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was 40 years old.
Private James Stewart left a widow and four children,
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th August 1916:
Private James Stewart, Tyrone Volunteers, Pike’s Bridge, Dungannon, missing. He was a former employee of Derryvale Linen and Finishing Works. He was secretary of Newmills L.O.L. No 183, a former W.M. OF Bush Royal Black Preceptory (R.B.P.) No 4 and a member of the Newmills Company, Dungannon Battalion, U.V.F. He was also a local inspector for the East Tyrone Unionist Association.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
Private James Stewart (Tyrone Volunteers), Pike's Bridge, Dungannon, is officially reported missing since 2nd July. He was secretary of Newmills Company U.V.F. He was an inspector for the East Tyrone Unionist Association, and at one time worked in Derryvale Linen and Finishing Works.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 17 August 1916:
Mrs Stewart, Pike's Bridge, has received intimation that her husband, Private James Stewart, Tyrone Volunteers, is missing from 2nd July. He was a local inspector for the East Tyrone Unionist Association.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th August 1918: Mr Joseph Stewart, Newmills (father of James Stewart)
On the 9th August, Joseph Stewart, for many years sexton of Newmills Parish Church, passed to his rest. Of late years he was very weak, and his son, William, very efficiently performed his duties. His death removes a noted figure from the parish, and his memory for dates and grave plots was wonderful. He felt the loss of his eldest son in the war, but was cheered last year by an unexpected visit from another son in the Canadian Artillery. Four sons carried his remains to the church on Sunday evening, 11th August, and then to the grave dug in the place he had chosen, and a large and representative following testified to the esteem in which his memory is held, and to the sympathy evinced for his sorrowing widow and bereaved children.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated 13th March 1919: Private James Stewart Newmills.
Mrs James Stewart, Farlough, Newmills, whose husband, Private James Stewart, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been missing since the fateful 1st July 1916 has now received the following letter from the secretary of state for war :-
'In reply to a letter addressed to this office on your behalf by Mrs Dysart concerning Private J Stewart, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, I am directed to say that it is regretted that no further news of him has been received since he was reported missing on 1st July 1916 and there is no reason to doubt the Army Council's decision that he must be dead. There is no released prisoner of war who is unidentifiable through loss of memory. I am to express the sympathy of the Army Council with you in your sorrow.'
The deceased soldier, who leaves a widow and four children, was a son of the late Mr Joseph Stewart, Newmills, and had volunteered in the 9th Tyrone Volunteers on the outbreak of war. He had previously been an efficient member of the Newmills Company, Dungannon Battalion U.V.F., and was secretary of Newmills L.O.L. No. 163 and W.M. of the Bush R.B..P., No 4.
Private James Stewart is commemorated on Newmills L.O.L. Role of Honour.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Farlough, Tullyniskane Newmills Census listing in Farlough, Tullyniskane 54.540032 -6.738789
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1 1901 Census lists Stewart family Lists James as age 25 living with the family at house house 3 in Doras, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Stewart family Lists James as age 35 living with his family at house 4 in Farlough, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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