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Private Frederick Currie

Frederick Currie was the youngest son of Thomas and Margaret Currie of Tamlaght, Coagh and a member of LOL No. 188.


He enlisted in the 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in December 1914, and in a letter written home by Edward McGuikin, he was nicknamed “Trench Mortar Currie”. He was badly wounded at the Somme and had lain on the open battlefield for four days with nine shrapnel wounds in one leg and a wound to the groin before being discovered.


He was moved to the hospital in Leeds and had been expected to recover but died of his wounds on 22 September 1916.



Private James Hayes


James Hayes was the son of Robert and Sarah Hayes of Burnside, Portstewart. He enlisted in Londonderry and served with the 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.


He saw action on the first day of the Somme and died of wounds on 2 July 1916 aged 36. Before the war he had been a plasterer.


His older brother Thomas had been killed in action on the 16 August 1915. They had both been members of LOL No. 721.








Corporal Henry Jeffrey Robinson Quigley

Henry Jeffrey Robinson Quigley was the son of Charles and Mary Quigley of Ballywillan. He attended Kelly Memorial School in Portrush and was a member of LOL No. 1022.


Quigley enlisted with the 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles at Ballymoney and trained at Clandeboye camp near Bangor, Co. Down.


He was involved in the attack on the 1 July 1916 near the village of Hamel, and it was here that he was killed by machine-gun fire.


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