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07/02/2019 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.
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07/02/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th August 1918: Mr Joseph Stewart, Newmills (father of James Stewart)
18/09/2017 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.
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18/09/2017 From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd February 1916: Coalisland Comforts
26/12/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th August 1916:
26/12/2016 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.
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30/12/2015
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 17 August 1916:
30/12/2015 Private James Stewart is commemorated on Newmills L.O.L. Role of Honour.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 James volunteered in the 9th Tyrone Volunteers on the outbreak of war.
30/12/2015 James Stewart was secretary of L.O.L. 183 for four years and W.M. of the Bush R.B..P., No 4.
30/12/2015 1911 Family: James Stewart (born about 1876), Annie Stewart (born about 1885), Joseph Stewart (born about 1907), William James Stewart (born about 1910).
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 James Stewart was a son of the late Mr Joseph Stewart, Newmills. James was born at Tullyniskane, Newmills about 1876.
30/12/2015 He had also been a member of the Newmills Company, Dungannon Battalion U.V.F.,
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated 13th March 1919: Private James Stewart Newmills.
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30/12/2015 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 :-
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30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 Private James Stewart left a widow and four children,
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
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30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 James at one time worked in Derryvale Linen and Finishing Works.
30/12/2015 '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.'
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