Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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14/02/2021 The 1911 census records James still living with the family in Railway View, Dungannon. James is 21 years old and working as a Hackle Setter. His mother is described as a widow.
14/02/2021 James’ father, Daniel Devlin, died on 30th November 1907, aged 48.
14/02/2021 Known family: Daniel Devlin, Catherine Devlin, James Devlin (born 13th April 1890), Daniel Devlin (born 2nd February 1892), Catherine Cassie Devlin (born 1st November 1893, died 5th March 1902, age 8), Patrick Devlin (born 4th May 1895, died 20th June 1895), John Devlin (born 26th May 1896), Edward Devlin (born 9th April 1898), Joseph Devlin (born 10th January 1900), Thomas Devlin (born 20th December 1902), Hugh Devlin (born 28th December 1904, died 29th December 1904), Gerald Devlin (born 19th April 1906).
14/02/2021 The 1901 census records James as 10 years old. He was still at school. His father was a labourer. The family lived at Railway View, Dungannon, Tyrone.
14/02/2021 James Devlin was born in Drumglass, Dungannon 13th April 1890. He was the oldest of ten children, 7 surviving, all born in the Dungannon area.
14/02/2021 James Devlin was the eldest son of Daniel and Catherine Devlin. Daniel Devlin and Catherine McNamee were married on 19th June 1889 in the district of Dungannon.
14/02/2021 Private James Devlin is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
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12/07/2018 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.
12/07/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
19/06/2018 DEVLIN – 29th October, died of wounds received in action at the Battle of Ypres, Private James Devlin, 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, son of Mrs E Devlin, Railway View, Dungannon.
19/06/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th November 1914:
03/01/2017 In his will, he left all to his mother, Catherine Devlin
03/01/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 7th October 1916: Brother of James Devlin
03/01/2017 Corporal Edward Devlin, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, is a son of Mrs Catherine Devlin, Railway View, Dungannon, wounded.
03/01/2017 Private J Devlin is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France.
03/01/2017 Private Devlin died in hospital in France of wounds on 29 October 1914. He was 24 years old.
30/12/2015 James Devlin enlisted around October 1913.
30/12/2015 Private Devlin left for France with the first Expeditionary Force on the 8th August 1914.
30/12/2015 Private James Devlin was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was wounded on 21st October during the operations in front of Ypres.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier 3rd December 1914:
30/12/2015 Third Dungannon Man to Fall : Mrs. Devlin, 20 Railway View, Dungannon has received intimation from the War Office that her son, Private James Devlin, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, had died in hospital in France of wounds received on 21st October during the operations in front of Ypres. The deceased left for France with the first Expeditionary Force on the 8th August. He was unmarried and 22 years of age, and had joined the army twelve months ago. The news of her boy's death reached his mother on Monday exactly seven years after the death of his father. The bereaved widow and her people have lived and worked in Dungannon for years and years and her present position is sad in the extreme. She is now left in very crippled circumstances as she has not received anything from the Prince of Wales Fund, her eldest surviving boy is delicate, and she is left with four young children. This is a case where public sympathy might with advantage be extended to her in a practical manner and we commend it to the kind consideration of local philanthropic agencies.
30/12/2015 Last Will and Testament of Private James Devlin dated 7th August 1914:
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 12 October 1916: Brother of James Devlin
30/12/2015 Mrs Katherine Devlin, Railway View, Dungannon, has received intimation that her son, Corporal Edward Devlin, Dublin Fusiliers, has been wounded. He promptly volunteered on receipt of the news that his brother, James, had been killed in action.
30/12/2015 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 9th January 1915: A Patriotic Dungannon Family
30/12/2015 Undeterred by the death of their brother, James Devlin, who was killed in action at the battle of the Aisne some weeks ago, Messrs Edward and Daniel Devlin, Railway View, Dungannon, have now volunteered and joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
30/12/2015 Family : Daniel Devlin (died about October 1907), Catherine Devlin, James Devlin (born about 1891), Daniel Devlin (born about 1892), Cassie Devlin (born about 1894), John Devlin (born about 1897), Edward Devlin 2 (born about 1899), Joseph Devlin 1 (born about 1900), Thomas Devlin 8 (born about 1903), Gerald Devlin 5 (born about 1906).
30/12/2015 In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother Katherine Devlin, 20 Railway View, Dungannon, co Tyrone, Ireland. Signed J Devlin. Private No 10583. Date 7th August 1914. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers."
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