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   Lieutenant Thomas Boston
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/01/1893
Died: 25/12/1918 (Died of Illness)
Age: 25
Thomas Boston was the eldest son of John and Margaret Boston. He was born on 22nd January 1893 in Belfast. The family lived in Ormeau, Belfast. His father was a Publican and Auctioneer. Thomas was worked as an apprentice to Linen Trade. Thomas Boston was working in Upperlands at William Clark & Sons Ltd before enlisting. Thomas Boston was an adjutant in the South Derry Volunteers and was commander of Upperlands U.V.F. Thomas enlisted originally with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. Lieutenant Thomas Bolton was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps when he was had influenza in Cairo after the war had finished. He developed pneumonia and died on Christmas Day, the 25th December 1918, at the age of 25.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
  , Cairo
Grave Ref: Grave Q-220
CWGC Casualty 112187
This cemetery is within the Old Cairo cemetery area, which is situated approximately 5 kilometres south east of the centre of Cairo. The cemetery area is on the south side of the road Salah Salem, which runs west/east from the River Nile towards the green park area approximately 2 kilometres beyond and eventually towards the Citadel. The cemetery is surrounded by a high wall and the double entrance gates are along Sharia Abu Safein. This road is parallel with the railway line which runs south from Cairo main station and both railway and Sharia Abu Safein cross over the main road. Access up to Sharia Abu Safein is by using the northside ramp above the main road underpass, on the east side of the railway.
Local Memorial Details

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

No Name Page
1 WJ Clark and Sons, Upperlands - WW1
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Boston family 1901 census lists Thomas as age 8 living with the family at house 2.2 in The Mount, Ormeau, Down
2 1911 Census lists Boston family 1911 census lists Thomas as age 18 living with the family at house 76 in The Mount, Ormeau, Down
3 Photo of name on family plot
4 Inst In the Great War Details of Lieutenant Thomas Boston
5 Londonderry Masonic Lodges Lists Thomas Boston in Masonic Lodge 42, Maghera
6 National Archives UK (1) Medal card can be purchased here - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
7 National Archives UK (2) Medal card can be purchased here - Machine Gun Corps
8 Traces of War Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Newtownards Road, Ballymacarrett, Belfast
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieutenant Thomas Boston's grave can be purchased here
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