Coey, Thomas (No. 17459)

Coey, Thomas

Lance Corporal

No. 17459, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 20)


Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium (Grave XII. A. 4)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial

Second Comber Presbyterian Church

Brother of Rifleman David Coey (No. 10327)


Thomas Coey was born on 19 August 1895 in Mill Street, Comber and he was the eldest son of David and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Coey (nee Millar, sometimes Miller) who were married on 28 October 1892 in Dundonald Presbyterian Church.  David Coey, a tram driver from Comber, was a son of James Coey, a labourer.  Lizzie Millar from Comber was a daughter of Archibald Millar, a postman.

The Coey family lived in Mill Street, Comber.

David Coey Senior worked as a labourer and van driver and he and Elizabeth had six children:

Agnes (born 28 December 1893 in Mill Street, Comber)

Thomas (born 19 August 1895 in Mill Street, Comber)

Elizabeth (born 4 June 1897 in Mill Street, Comber)

David (born 18 September 1899 in Mill Street, Comber)

Archibald Miller (born 28 November 1901 in Mill Street, Comber)

James (born 5 May 1904 in Mill Street, Comber)

After leaving school Thomas Coey worked in a mill.

Thomas Coey enlisted in Comber and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Lance Corporal Thomas Coey (No. 17459) was three days short of his 21st birthday when he was killed in action on 16 August 1917 at the Battle of Langemarck and he was buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery in Belgium.

Lance Corporal Thomas Coey (No. 17459) is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial and in Second Comber Presbyterian Church.