Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
Coagh - Those That Served
Updates for Private John (Jack) McAllister
Date Information
15/07/2019 ‘He sleeps away in a foreign land,
15/07/2019 John McAllister was born on 26th May 1894 in the district of Magherafelt.
15/07/2019 Family: Daniel McAllister, Elizabeth McAllister, Annie McAllister (born 14th July 1892), John McAllister (born 26th May 1894), Susan McAllister (born 10th November 1895), Maggie McAllister (born 15th March 1898).
15/07/2019 The 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 11 in Ballyrogully, Loop, County Londonderry. His father was a farm servant.
15/07/2019 The 1911 census lists John as age 17, living with the family at house 18 in Ballymultrea, Salterstown. Both he and his father were agricultural labourers.
15/07/2019 John was a member of Salterstown L.O.L. No 482.
15/07/2019 John McAllister enlisted in Randalstown, joining the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
15/07/2019 Private John McAllister was killed in action on 9th September 1917 in France.
15/07/2019 Private John McAllister is buried in Hermies British Cemetery, France. This Cemetery is in open countryside a few kilometres west of Bapaume.
15/07/2019 He is also commemorated on Ballinderry Church of Ireland Roll of Honour.
15/07/2019 The CWGC record Private McAllister as the son of Daniel and Elizabeth McAllister, of Ballymultrea, Magherafelt, Co. Derry
15/07/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st September 1918:
15/07/2019 John McAllister was the eldest son of Daniel and Elizabeth McAllister. Daniel McAllister married Elizabeth on 27th July 1891 in Magherafelt district.
15/07/2019 MCALLISTER – In loving memory of our dear son, Private Jack McAllister, who was killed in action on 9th September 1917.
15/07/2019 Ever remembered by his sorrowing father, mother and sister, Salterstown.
15/07/2019 In a hollowed grave unknown,
15/07/2019 But his name is written in letters of gold,
15/07/2019 On the hearts he left at home.
15/07/2019 As dawn swept over the trenches,
15/07/2019 He fall amidst shot and shell;
15/07/2019 Our only grief, we were not there,
15/07/2019 To take the last farewell.
15/07/2019 For King and country firm he stood,
15/07/2019 Unknown to cowards fears;
15/07/2019 On the plains of France he fought and died,
15/07/2019 With the Ulster Volunteers.’
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Coagh & District in WW1