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  cap badgePrivate John Harkin

8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Service No: 25558

John Harkin grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Patrick and Maggie Jane Harkin of 34 Fahan St, Derry. John's younger brother Private Joseph Harkin (3678) of the same Battalion as John was Killed in Action on the 16/08/1917 (1 year after his brother). From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - 56 Fahan Street, No. 4 Urban, West Ward, Londonderry - Patrick Harkin aged 40, Margaret Harkin aged 30, John Harkin aged 18, James Harkin aged 16, Joseph Harkin aged 7, Hugh Harkin aged 9, Patrick Harkin aged 14, Maggie Harkin aged 4. From the 1911 Ireland Census - Address - 1 Gallaghers Square, Londonderry Urban (4), Londonderry - Margaret Harkin aged 45, John Harkin aged 24, Margaret aged 14, Hugh Harkin aged 18. John and his brother Joseph's Pension was awarded to their mother Margaret and their younger sister Maggie.

Born / Resided

Londonderry / 10 Kirk St, Coatbridge.


Died of Wounds 04/08/1916




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Buried / Remembered

Bethune Town Cemetery (V. G. 88), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

For much of the First World War, Bethune was comparatively free from bombardment and remained an important railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters. The 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was in the town until December 1917. Early in 1918, Bethune began to suffer from constant shell fire and in April 1918, German forces reached Locon, five kilometres to the north. The bombardment of 21 May did great damage to the town and it was not till October that pressure from the Germans was relaxed. Bethune Town Cemetery contains 3,004 Commonwealth burials of the First World War,11 being unidentified. This icludes 26 men of the 1/8th Manchester Regiment who were killed by a bomb on 22 December 1917 while marching to rest billets. There are also 122 French and 87 German war graves, 38 of the German burials are unidentified.

Additional Information

John is listed as HARKEN on the Memorial. Also remembered in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour and on the Diamond War Memorial, Londonderry (see photos). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, the 1901 and 1911 Ireland Census, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his name on the Ireland Casualties of WW1, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2 and his Headstone Report, Bethune Town Cemetery, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Cap Badge, John mentioned in the Diamond War Memorial Register and John and his brother Joseph's Pension Records x 4. Anyone requiring information on John's brother Joseph please contact me.

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