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23216   Private William Workman
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Dated added: 17/04/2016   Last updated: 04/03/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 12/04/1897
Died: 10/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
William Workman was the eldest son of William and Grace Workman. He was born on 12th April 1897 in Ballygawley, Aghadowey. His mother died when William was just three years old. His father remarried. William Workman enlisted in Kilrea. Private William Workman was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action near Passchendaele on Friday 10th August 1917.
Private William Workman
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William Workman was the eldest son of William and Grace Workman. William Workman married Grace McLaughlin on the 30th December 1895 in the district of Coleraine.
William Joseph Workman was born on 12th April 1897 in Ballygawley, Aghadowey.
Family : William Workman, Grace Workman, Annie Mary Workman (born 9th December 1895), William Joseph Workman (born 12th April 1897), George James Workman (born 12th October 1899).
The 1901 census lists William J as age 4 living with the family at house 19 in Ballygawley, Aghadowey, County Londonderry. His father was a railway porter.
His mother, Grace Workman, died on 29th January 1902 in the district of Coleraine, aged 41, leaving a very young family. William was just three years old.
His father remarried. William Workman married Margaret Ann McKay on 27th May 1902 in the district of Coleraine.
Second family: William Workman, Margaret Ann Workman, Alex McKay Workman (born 21st August 1905).
The 1911 census lists William Joseph as age 13 living with the family at house 13 in Inshaleen, Garvagh. William was still at school. His father was a farmer.
William Workman enlisted in Kilrea.
Private William Workman was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action near Passchendaele on Friday 10th August 1917.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 25th August 1917:
Private William Workman, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Inchaleen, Garvagh, killed in action.
Private Workman is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
Private William Workman is commemorated on Aghadowey War Memorial, on Garvagh War Memorial, and also on Cullycapple School Roll of Honour.
The book ‘Garvagh and Aghadowey Heroes 1914-1918’ lists William Workman on pages 54 and 55.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Kilrea town Kilrea Enlisted in Kilrea town 54.950747 -6.555617
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1 1901 Census lists Workman family 1901 census lists William J as age 4 living with the family at house 19 in Ballyganley, Aghadowey, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Workman family 1911 census lists Wm Joseph as age 13 living with the family at house 13 in Inshaleen, Garvagh, Londonderry
3 Aghadowey 1914-1918 Brief details of Private William Workman including photo
4 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private William Workman's grave
5 Garvagh and Aghadowey 1914-1918 Brief details of Private William Workman
6 National Archives UK Medal card of Private William Workman can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private William Workman's grave can be purchased here
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