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John Hawthorne.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate relating to Rifleman John Hawthorne.

Life Story

Name: John Armstrong Hawthorne.

Service Number: 9452.

Rank: Rifleman.

Battalion: 1st Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: 1st November 1890, Lisburn, County Down.

Died: 17th March 1915.

Address: 56 Mossvale Street, Belfast


John Hawthorne, son of John and Catherine Hawthorne, lived at 56 Mossvale Street, Shankill, Belfast


The 1901 Ireland Census has John living at 170 Snugville Street, Shankill, Belfast with his mother, House Wife, father, D.O.B 1849, General Labourer, four sisters, Maria, 15 years, Doffer In Spinning Mill, Susan, 14 years, Doffer In Spinning Mill, Sarah, 12 years, Maggie, 8 years, and brother James, 5 years


The 1911 Ireland Census has Johns family now living at 67 Glenwood Street, Shankill, Belfast


Johns mother Catherine had sadly died on the 21st January 1909.


John joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 6th November 1914.

John was a Rifleman in 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action at Neuve Chapelle on the 17th of March 1915 aged 24 years


Local newspapers state


Mr John Hawthorne, 56 Mossvale Street, Belfast, has received notification that his son, Rifleman John Hawthorne, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, has been killed in action


Johns Soldiers Effects were left to his father John.

A Pension Application Form shows Johns father as claimant.

His Dependant Pension Application Form shows his father as claimant also.


John received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914 Star.


He is Remembered at Le Touret Memorial, France.

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Shankill Roll of Honour




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Roll of Honour or Memorial

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