Ref ID: 7515
Newspaper Photograph of Rifleman John Blair.
Name: John Blair.
Service Number: 9092.
Battalion: 1st Battalion.
Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.
Born: 20th February 1888, Belfast.
Died: 12th March 1915.
Address: 98 Wilton Street, Belfast
John Blair, son of son of John and Jane Blair, lived at 98 Wilton Street, Shankill Road, Belfast
The 1911 Ireland Census has Johns family living at 86 Canmore Street. John also had two sisters, Maggie and Jennie who are mentioned within a Service Record.
A member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, Constable Gilmore, Shankill Road, signed Johns Character Reference that enabled him to enlist. The document also states that John was employed by James Mackie Sons at this time.
John joined the Royal Irish Rifles on the 4th September 1905, before entering the 3rd Reserve Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on the 18th June 1908.
He was posted to India on the 7th December 1910, returning home on the 5th of October 1914.
He was then posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 5th of November 1914.
John was a Rifleman in 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action a Neuve Chapelle on the 12th March 1915 aged 26 years of age.
A local newspaper states.
Mrs J Blair, 98 Wilton Street, Belfast, has been notified that her son John, a rifleman in the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle. Deceased was home for a few days from Aden before proceeding to the front. Mrs Blair has two other sons in the army. David, at the front with the South Lancashire's, and Samuel, with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at Ballykinlar
John's Soldiers Effects were left to his mother.
His Will, signed and dated 6th November 1914 states the following, In the event of my death I leave my mother Jane Blair all I have got belonging to me and also my bank book.
A Pension Application Form shows his mother as claimant.
Dependant Pension Application Forms show Johns mother as claimant also
Johns family were connected to the following addresses also, 34 Glenwood Street, Belfast, 321 Glenwood Street, Belfast, 86 Canmore Street, Belfast, 59 Aberdeen Street, Belfast, 61 Fourth Street, Belfast, Millbrook Larne, County Antrim
See brother also: 10278 Private David Blair 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment.
See brother also: Samuel Blair 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.
John received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914 Star.
He is Remembered at Le Touret Memorial, France.
To Remember Is To Honour
Shankill Roll of Honour
Newspaper, , Photograph - Belfast Telegraph, Belfast Weekly Telegraph, Larne Times.