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29107   Rifleman Michael Trolan
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 10/04/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/03/1893
Died: 26/09/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
Michael Trolan was the eldest son of Henry and Annie Trolan. He was born in Draperstown on 22nd March 1893. They were a farming family who lived in Cahore, Draperstown. Michael Trolan emigrated to New Zealand where he worked as a farmer. Michael Trolan enlisted at Trentham Military Camp near Wellington on 29th June 1916. Rifleman Trolan was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade when he was killed in action in Belgium on 26th September 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Buttes New British Cem N.Z. Memorial
  Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, 
Grave Ref: No Ref
CWGC Casualty 1737543
The New Zealand Memorial to the Missing is located within Buttes New British Cemetery, which is 8 Kms east of Ieper town centre, on the Lange Dreve, a road leading from the Meenseweg (N8) connecting Ieper to Menen. From Ieper town centre the Meenseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main crossroads directly over which begins the Meenseweg. 4.5 Kms along the Meenseweg lies the left hand turning onto Oude Kortrijkstraat. 2 Kms along the Oude Kortrijkstraat the road crosses the A19 motorway. Immediately after this bridge is the left hand turning onto the Lotegatstraat, which borders Polygon Wood. 800 metres along the Lotegatstraat is the right hand turning onto Lange Dreve. The Cemetery is located 1 Km along the Lange Dreve on the right hand side of the road.
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1 1901 Census lists 'Trolon' family 1901 census lists Michael as age 7 living with the family at house 10 in Cahorl, Draperstown, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Trolan family 1911 census lists Michael as age 18 living with the family at house 6 in Cahore, Draperstown, Londonderry
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Rifleman Michael Trolan
4 Dolores Cross Project No picture of inscription
5 Evening Star, 9 October 1917 Trolan, Michael (Mrs T. Crawford, Island Cliff, Oamaru)
6 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Rifleman Michael Trolan
7 NOK Address in Ireland Mrs H Trolan, Mother, Cahore, Draperstown, County Derry, Ireland.
8 North Otago Times, 17 November 1917 Trolan, Michael (Mrs T Crawford, Oamaru)
9 NZ War Graves Project Details of Rifleman Michael Trolan including inscription photo
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023