Barbara O’Meara about her Great Grandfather John Patrick Tohill

Private John Patrick Tohill in Army Transport Corps Vehicle 1915
Private John Patrick Tohill in Army Transport Corps Vehicle 1915 | Source: Barbara O'Meara

Private John Patrick Tohill M1/08974 Army Service Corps attd. 179th Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers 1915 Private John Patrick Tohill M1/08974 Army Service Corps attd. 179th Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers 1915 | Source: Barbara O'Meara My great grandfather was John Patrick Tohill from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, Private M1/08974 – Motor Transport Army Service Corps, 179th  Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers.  He was killed, aged 40 years, by air strike shell fire near Amiens in France on 26 January 1916. He had been home for a week’s leave the first week in January and after his return was killed exactly two weeks later. He is buried at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension in Albert. Grave I.B.9
 
Henrietta Maria Tohill (nee McNally) circa 1910 Henrietta Maria Tohill (nee McNally) circa 1910 | Source: Barbara O'Meara He was born in Belfast on 1 June 1875, eldest child of parents George and Jane Tohill (nee Dias). He married Henrietta Maria McNally, daughter of John and Agnes (nee Black) Mc Nally,  on 3 January 1906. At the time of his death their two children Barry Tohill and Sheila Agnes Tohill (my grandmother) were nine and two years old.
 
Graves stone at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension from Cookstown War Dead Website Database Graves stone at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension from Cookstown War Dead Website Database | Source: Cookstown War Dead Website Database For many years we did not know where he was buried and my husband was the first person to have visited his grave (September 2015) in nearly 100 years.