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    War Memorial Richhill Co Armagh

    <span style='font-size: 17pt'>War Memorial Richhill Co Armagh

    <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Photos kindly supplied by Joe (Armagh)





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    Re: War Memorial Richhill Co Armagh

    Good Photo's Pat, nice to see that our people across there are looking after the graves so well not like back home.
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    Re: War Memorial Richhill Co Armagh

    Hi Philip.................. the pics are Armagh's ( Joe) collection of War Memorials .

    Excellent pics Joe and well kept maintained gardens which is always pleasing to see

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    Re: War Memorial Richhill Co Armagh

    Well done Armagh
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    Lest we forget Mate.

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    Photo of Rich Hill war memorial

    Patrick,
    One of the men named on the memorial is Sapper Alexander McKee, who was killed in France on 21 November 1915. I am endeavouring to add as much information as I can before the centenary of his death.

    I would like to add the second photo to his page on the IWM's "Lives of WW1" web site here: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2819256

    Can you give me permission to use the photo for this, please?

    Best wishes,
    Bryan Pready

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    Hi Bryan You are welcome to the Photos

    From the Armagh Guardian dated 3rd December 1915 First Co Armagh Volunteer Killed.
    Sapper McKee Royal Engineers,Ulster Division,son of Mr J McKee Richhill is the first Co Armagh man in the Division to be killed.He was working in a trench and the explosion of a German shell which fell in it killed him."A smart and capable soldier" was his company officer,s description.He was barely 20 years of age and his anxiety to do his share in defending his country is an example to his older orange brethren,he being a member of Richhill 111

    Richhill Men McKee 150th Coy Royal Engineers.
    From the Armagh Guardian dated 3rd December 1915 First Co Armagh Volunteer Killed.
    Sapper McKee Royal Engineers,Ulster Division,son of Mr J McKee Richhill is the first Co Armagh man in the Division to be killed. He was working in a trench and the explosion of a German shell which fell in it killed him. "A smart and capable soldier" was his company officer,s description .He was barely 20 years of age and his anxiety to do his share in defending his country is an example to his older orange brethren, he being a member of Richhill 111.
    McKEE, ALEXANDER
    Rank: Sapper
    Service No: 64380
    Date of Death: 21/11/1915
    Age: 20
    Regiment/Service: 150th Coy Royal Engineers.
    Grave Reference III. E. 11.
    Cemetery SUCRERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS
    Additional Information:
    Son of John McKee, of Richhill, Co. Armagh.
    In the 1911 census Alexander age 15 Cabinet maker is living with his widowed mother Mary age 71 and Grandfather John age 50 widower at No 3 Richhill Religion C of I
    UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
    Name: Alexander Mckee
    Birth Place: Markethill, Co. Armagh
    Residence: Richhill, Co. Armagh
    Death Date: 21 Nov 1915
    Death Location: France & Flanders
    Enlistment Location: Belfast
    Rank: SPR.
    Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers
    Number: 64380
    Type of Casualty: Killed in action
    Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
    Comments: 150Th Field Coy., R.E.

    British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
    Name: A McKee
    [Alexander McKee]
    Regiment or Corps: Royal Engineers
    Regimental Number: 64380


    Date of entry France 6 10 1915 K in A
    Armagh War Memorial www.armaghwarmemorial.com
    Last edited by ARMAGH; 5th October 2015 at 22:24.

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    Spr Alexander McKee

    Thanks for your very quick reply and the additional information. I was aware that he was the first man of his unit to die, but didn't realise that he was the first of the whole Ulster Division. I also didn't know the circumstances of his death because the War Diary for the 150th Field Company, RE, gives no details whatsoever. What is there is very difficult to read and, in fact, the word "killed" is actually crossed out.

    My interest in Alexander McKee is that he was the eldest (half) brother of my wife's mother, though they never met because she wasn't born until 1916.

    Thanks again,
    Bryan

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    One minor correction to the info you've given for the 1911 census. John McKee (A50) is his father, and Mary McKee (A71) is his grandmother, i.e. John's mother. As below:-

    First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Marital status Age Birth year Birth place
    John McKee Head of Family Widowed 50 1861 Co Armagh
    Mary McKee Mother Widowed 71 1840 Co Armagh
    Alexander McKee Son Single 15 1896 Co Armagh

    John remarried in 1913 to Celia King

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    Hi Bryan
    Thanks for the information spotting my typo. (Delete Mother insert Grandmother.Delete Grandfather insert Father) I used the Census information from the 1911 census as printed below
    1911 census No 3 Richhill Armagh

    McKee John 50 Male Head of Family Church of Ireland
    McKee Mary 71 Female Mother Church of Ireland
    McKee Alexander 15 Male Son Church of Ireland

    Joe
    PS I have compiled a list of Co Armagh Council WW1 casualties, now working on WW2.
    Last edited by ARMAGH; 6th October 2015 at 10:55.

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