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Thomas McLaughlin Boer War and WW1 Search help??

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John Report 31 Jan 2018 20:33

Hi there

Ive just found out that my g grandfather was in the boer war - I got this information from a birth certificate of one of his children. However I no other documents concerning this. He was a Derry man in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - his number was 2206. I have found his Attestation record? taken from 1908.

A man that conducts irish ww1 research says that he has found several records from ww1 and before of my g grandfather however he charge £60. Can someone help me out to find these records myself? Can you even send me links to what you find - I don't mind paying for records but I believe £60 is quite high , especially for us students lol.

Thomas mc Laughlin or mcloughlin
2nd battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
((this Thomas although he is from derry , is not the same Thomas of the same battalion who is on the derry war memorial , for some reason)

My Thomas wife was Margaret o neill not annie who was the other mans wife.

All comments will be much appreciated.




+++DetEcTive+++ Report 31 Jan 2018 21:05

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

Name: Thomas McLaughlin
Regiment or Corps: 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fus, 4th Inniskilling Fus
Regimental Number: 2206, 22??

Disembarkation date - 3 Nov 1914
Makes application for 14 Star on 4 Apr 1919
Address - 1 Howard St, Londonderry

Similar on FMP with a link to the image as

It might help if you told us when he was born.

I've got an idea that the majority of Irish regimental records were kept in Ireland. Just as well if that was the case as over 70% of ones kept on the mainland were destroyed as a result of WW2 bombing and subsequent fire.


John Report 31 Jan 2018 21:31

He was born in the bogside in Derry City in the north of Ireland. Thanks!


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 1 Feb 2018 00:06

Which year????


John Report 1 Feb 2018 00:49

1875 - but one war records said 1877 but officially 1875 :-D

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 1 Feb 2018 08:18

There is below, but not seeing him...

Chris :)

Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902 (Find My Past)

2 Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

4 Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Edits (War Memorial reference below)

(2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Regimental Number 18136
(Son of John and Mary Ann McLaughlin. Husband of Mrs Annie McLaughlin, 24, Orchard Row, Londonderry.)

Ireland Marriages 1845-1958 Transcription (Find My Past)

First name(s) Thomas
Last name M'Laughlin
Registration year 1899
Registration quarter Jul - Sep 1899
Registration district Londonderry
Volume 2
Page 186
Maggie O'Neill,
County Donegal, Londonderry (Derry)

(if your one above)

1911 Irish Census (Family from Army Record)
Residents of a house 5.1 in Dickson's Close (Londonderry Urban (1), Londonderry)
McLoughlin Thomas 33 Male Head of Family Catholic Derry City General Labourer Read and write - Married - 12 - -
McLoughlin Margaret 32 Female Wife Catholic Derry City - Cannot read - Married - -
McLoughlin Catherine 10 Female Daughter Catholic Derry City Scholar Cannot read
McLoughlin Madge 8 Female Daughter Catholic Derry City Scholar Cannot read - - -
McLoughlin Margaret 6 Female Daughter Catholic Derry City Scholar Cannot read -
McLoughlin Mary 5 Female Daughter Catholic Derry City Scholar Cannot read - - -
McLoughlin Jane 3 Female Daughter Catholic Derry City - Cannot read


Eringobragh1916 Report 1 Feb 2018 13:51

John....If you have found his Attestation Records 1908 can you not access the documents..?
He Joined the Special Reserve Batt. R .Innis.F...Service No.2206

He did originally join R.Innis. Militia April 1896..for then re-enlisted after 6 years then re-enlisted ...Service No. 2728....

He married Maggie in St Eugene's 21 July 1899..father James was deceased but Maggie's father John O'Neill (Blacksmith) was still living...
Maggie address Nelson St.and Thomas Pilots Row.

Mothers name Catherine....


John Report 1 Feb 2018 22:06

Thanks everyone for the help , specifically eringobragh for sending me all of the documents regarding this man - Cheers!!