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John Austin


Belfast Telegraph Newspaper Photograph of Rifleman John Austin.

Life Story

Name: John Austin.

Service Number: 9017.

Rank: Rifleman.

Battalion: 1st Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: Armagh.

Died: 24th February 1915.

Address: 1 James Street, Belfast


John Austin, son of the late Benjamin and Sarah Austin, 2 Tobergill Street, Shankill Road, Belfast, lived at 1 James Street, Shankill Road Belfast, with his aunt Mrs Minnie Hyde.

The 1901 Ireland Census has Johns mother and father, who came from County Armagh, living at 2 Tobergill Street, Belfast. His father's occupation is listed as General Labourer.

The 1911 Census has Mrs Mary Hyde living at 1 James Street, Belfast, with 5 daughters and 2 sons.

Mrs Hyde is then listed as living at 58 Silvio Street, Greater Shankill, Belfast.

John joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

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

John Austin was a Rifleman within B Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles when he Died of Wounds in France on the 24th February 1915.

A local newspaper states.

Local Casualties.

News has been received of the death of Rifleman John Austin, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, which occurred on 24th ult, in No 6 Casualty Clearing Hospital, France. Deceased was the only son of the late Mr Benjamin Austin, and was in the employment of Mr Walter Deacon, Shankill Road. His friends reside at 1 James Street, Belfast.

His Soldiers Effects were left to his Aunt Minnie Hyde.

Johns Will, signed and dated November 6th 1914, left his money, property and effects to his Aunt, Minnie Hyde, 1 James Street, Shankill Road, Belfast also.

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

He is Remembered in Merville Communal Cemetery, France.

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