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15th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Service No: 8538

Thomas Henry Boyle grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Elizabeth Boyle. From the 1901 Irish Census - Address - 56 Carrickbracken, Camlough, Armagh, Ireland - John Boyle aged 46, Elizabeth Boyle aged 45, James Boyle aged 20, Michael Boyle aged 18, Elizabeth Boyle aged 16, Mary Boyle aged 14, Bridget Boyle aged 13, Anne Boyle aged 8, Peter Boyle aged 5, Thomas Boyle aged 4. Thomas' sister Miss Lizzie (Elizabeth) Boyle received his belongings after his death. She was also awarded his Pension.

Born / Resided

St Jude's Cottages, Camlough, Co. Armagh / 151 Main St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 07/06/1917 at Ypres (during a so called 'quiet' period)


Belfast Town Hall 1914


Labourer at Langloan Chemical Works.



Buried / Remembered

Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery (II. C. 3), West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was begun in December 1914 by four battalions of the 5th Division and was called at first Wulverghem Dressing Station Cemetery. It was used until June 1917, and again in September and October 1918, and at the Armistice it contained 162 graves, the present Plot I. Graves were then brought in from the surrounding battlefields. There are now 1,010 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 352 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to two casualties believed to be buried among them and to seven others buried elsewhere whose graves were destroyed in the fighting of 1917-18.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne in October 1915 and were part of the 107th Brigade, 36th (Ulster) Division. Thomas is listed as PRIVATE HENRY BOYLE on the CWGC site and his HEADSTONE and also on other listings except for Census and Bessbrook Memorial and his Pension Records (listed as Thomas Henry). Also see photos for his listing in the Bessbrook District War Dead book kindly sent to me by Christine Tyrrell from Warrenpoint and thanks to her donators too (Thomas' sister Miss Lizzie (Elizabeth) Boyle received Thomas Henry's belongings after his death). He was Killed in Action in the Ypres Salient on the 07/06/1917 after being hit for a 3rd time during a so called 'Quiet' period where casualties tended to be from shellfire, and to a lesser extent snipers and trench raids. Also remembered on the Bessbrook War Memorial, Co. Armagh as Thomas Boyle (see photos x 4). He was reburied in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Rd Military Cemetery (Henry see photos). See photos for Thomas Henry's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his Ireland Casualties of WW1 (Henry), his Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, the Royal Irish Rifles Cap Badge, Thomas Henry's Pension Records x 2 and finally the Bessbrook War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday 2019.

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I wonder if he is a distant relative of my maternal grandmother Ellen Jane Boyle, as far as I'm aware she is from Bessbrook. Sadly I don't know any family history I wish I had asked more questions when she and Granddad were still with us ♥️
Karen , Birmingham U.K, 06/11/2020 11:40PM
Always remembered by bessbrook and coatbridge
Christine- Tyrrell, Bessbrook, 31/07/2020 9:16AM

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