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William Humphreys


William Humphreys

Life Story

William Humphreys, son of James and Rachel Humphreys of 63 Ottawa Street, Belfast in the Greater Shankill area. His family were in the linen trade – his father was a damask weaver, his sister Rachel was a veiner and his older brother John, a linen power-loom weaver. In the 1901 census, William (aged 10) is recorded as living with his parents and six siblings in Magheruna, Waringstown (Co. Down). By the 1911 census, the family are living in Joh Street, Lurgan (Armagh).

William was a private in the Royal Irish Fusiliers (1st Battalion), ‘C’ Coy, he died in action near Ypres, Belgium, 25th April 1915; as per his will, he left all of his personal effects and property to his mother Rachel.

His name is listed on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

Name: William Humphreys

Rank: Private 5176

Regiment: Royal Irish Fusiliers (1st Battalion), ‘C’ Coy.

Address: 63 Ottawa Street, Belfast

Died: 25th April 1915, killed in action near Ypres


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