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Somme Stories - County Tyrone


Privates John and James Cumberland

John and James Cumberland were sons of William John and Mary Cumberland of Kilnacart, Derrygortreavy and were both members of Kilnacart LOL No. 296.


James, John and a third brother, William, served with the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. James and John were both killed in action on 1 July 1916.


In a letter to their mother Colonel Ricardo wrote that: “John and James took part in the great attack on July 1 and were last seen gallantly advancing with their company against the German trenches … I doubt if they were taken prisoners, for ‘No Surrender’ was the feeling that day in the Ulster Division.”


Lance Corporal John Greer

John Greer was from Mountjoy, Omagh. He and his brother Anthony had been members of the Tyrone Regiment of the UVF before joining ‘B’ Company, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.


John Greer was Killed in Action on 1 July 1916, and is buried at Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval.


At the time he volunteered for service, John Greer was Worshipful Master of LOL No. 750. He is commemorated in their minute book, March 1917











Captain William Tillie Dickson


William Tillie Dickson was the son of James and Annabella Dickson of Dungannon, his father was a local magistrate and Member of Parliament.


His brother also served with the Australian Hospital Corps and his sister, Jessie, nursed soldiers near the front.