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13022   Sergeant John Devlin
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 08/02/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 30
John Devlin was the son of Mary Devlin. John was born in Barrow-on-Furness in England. Johnís father died and his mother remarried to John Downey, who lived in of Leitrim, Castledawson. The family were farm labourers. John Devlin enlisted in Glasgow. He had been a reservist and rejoined shortly after the outbreak of the war. Sergeant John Devlin was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he was injured at the front. He died of wounds received in action on 8th February 1916. He had lay on the field for some time before being picked up, and death resulted from loss of blood. Had he reached the hospital sooner, his life would have been saved.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery
  Bethune, Pas de Calais
Grave Ref: Grave I-E-14
CWGC Casualty 54020
Lapugnoy is a village 6 kilometres west of Bethune. From the centre of Lapugnoy, head south-west on the D70 in the direction of Marles-les-Mines. On the outskirts there is a crucifix at the side of the main road, turn right here towards Allouagne. After approximately 500 metres there is a track on the left hand side (the Cemetery is signposted here) and the Cemetery can be found on the left hand side, approximately 500 metres, along this track.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 3 Castledawson
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Downey family 1901 census does not list John as living with the Downey family at house 9 in Leitrim, Castledawson, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Downey / Devlin family 1911 census lists John as age 34 living with the family at house 39 in Leitrim, Castledawson, Londonderry
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 Royal Dublin Fusiliers - 9th Battalion Sergeant John Devlin, born Barrow-on-Furness
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