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4912   Rifleman Thomas McMeekin
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Dated added: 13/06/2016   Last updated: 19/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment (British Army)
Died: 09/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
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Summary      
Thomas McMeekin was born in Ballymena. Thomas McMeekin lived in Grange Mill Quarter, Toomebridge. Thomas joined the army about 1896, enlisting in Belfast. By the time of his death Private McMeekin had 19 years’ service, several of which were spent in Africa and India. Private Thomas McMeekin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in France and Flanders on Sunday 9th May 1915. He was initially reported missing.
Further Information
Thomas McMeekin was born in Ballymena.
Thomas McMeekin lived in Grange Mill Quarter, Toomebridge.
Thomas joined the army about 1896, enlisting in Belfast.
Medal card
By the time of his death Private McMeekin had 19 years’ service, several of which were spent in Africa and India.
Private Thomas McMeekin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in France and Flanders on Sunday 9th May 1915. He was initially reported missing.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 18th June 1915:
Mystery surrounds the fate of Private Thomas McMeekin (4912), 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, formerly of Grange Mill Quarter, Toomebridge, who was reported missing on 9th May. McMeekin has 19 years’ service, several of which he spent in Africa and India. His brother, Mr Joseph McMeekin, 25 Charleville Avenue, Belfast, would be grateful for any news concerning him.
Private Thomas McMeekin has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
His brother, Joseph McMeekin, lived in Charleville Avenue, Belfast with his wife Hannah. Joseph and Hannah appear there in the census of both 1901 and 1911.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Grange Mill Quarter Toome Lived in Grange Mill Quarter, Toome 54.795461 -6.434574
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1 Ballymena 1914-1918 Brief details of Rifleman Thomas McMeekin
2 Forum Discussion (GWF) Includes photo of Rifleman Thomas McMeekin
3 National Archives UK Medal card of Rifleman Thomas McMeekin can be purchased here
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