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15870   Private John George Mackrell
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 23/04/1896
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
John MacKrell was the son of John and Elizabeth MacKrell. He was born on 23rd April 1896 in Castledawson. The family lived in Upperlands. John worked as a Linen Lapper’s Apprentice In the William Clark factory. John Mackrell was the member of the Upperlands Company of the U.V.F. and was amongst the first batch of Volunteers from the district to join the Ulster Division. Private John MacKrell was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 4D-5B
CWGC Casualty 803500
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 2 Castledawson
2 William Clark & Sons - WW1 Upperlands
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 63
2 WJ Clark and Sons, Upperlands - WW1
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists MacKrell family 1901 census lists John George as age 4 living with the family at house 25 in Upperlands, Swatragh, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists MacKrell family 1911 census lists John George as age 15 living with the family at house 7 in Upperland, Swatragh, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private John George Mackrell
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private John MacKrell
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023