Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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24/04/2020 The 1911 census lists Henry as age 12 with his father at house 4 in Main Street, Portstewart.
24/04/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 5th December 1942: 25 Years ago - Deaths
24/04/2020 1st November 1917 - At Spartanburg, South Carolina, Private Henry H Ritchie, 23rd Engineers, aged 30 years.
24/04/2020 Henry Hanna Ritchie was the youngest son of Samuel and Margaret Ritchie. Samuel Ritchie and Margaret Hanna were married on 23rd November 1880in the district of Magherafelt.
24/04/2020 Henry Hanna Ritchie was born on 31st May 1898 in Ballymoghan, near Magherafelt. He was the youngest of at least seven children, all born in the Magherafelt area.
24/04/2020 The 1901 census lists Harry (as he was known) as age 2, living with the family at house 11 in Ballymoghan More, County Londonderry. Samuel Ritchie was a farmer.
24/04/2020 Henry Hanna Ritchie emmigated to the United States. He arrived at Ellis Island, New York on 15th Aug 1915 from Liverpool . He was 17 years old. He listed his two next of kin as his father, Samuel Ritchie, and his brother, William C J Ritchie.
24/04/2020 Henry became a naturalised American citizen on 21st May 1917 at Kings in New York. He was working as a clerk and living at 179 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn.
24/04/2020 Henry H Ritchie signed up for Military Service at St Louis, Missouri.
24/04/2020 Private Henry Hanna Ritchie was in training with the American Expeditionary Force at Spartanburg, South Carolina when he died on 1st November 1917. He was with the 102nd Engineers.
24/04/2020 A military record gives his ‘Residence Place’ as Arlington, New Jersey. This may be where he is buried.
24/04/2020 Private Henry Hanna Ritchie is commemorated on a plaque in 1st Presbyterian Church, Magherafelt.
24/04/2020 Henry’s cousin, William Hanna, also became a naturalised American citizen on the same day.
24/04/2020 Known family: Samuel Ritchie, Margaret J Ritchie, Robert B Ritchie (born 8th September 1881), Alexander Ritchie (born 26th July 1883), Samuel J Ritchie (born 12th June 1887), William J Ritchie (born 17th February 1889), Minnie Sarah Ritchie - (born 4th February 1891), Sarah Ritchie - (born 10th November 1893, died 22nd February 1894), Henry ‘Harry’ Hanna Ritchie (born 31st May 1898).
15/01/2016 A plaque in 1st Presbyterian Church, Magherafelt commemorates Private Harry H Ritchie:
15/01/2016 In Memory of Private Harry H Ritchie, American Expeditionary Force, died in camp 1st November 1917.
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