No. 28515, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers transferred to
No. 18538, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment
Killed in action on Saturday 20 July 1918
Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No.1, France (Grave B. 59)
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Private Thomas Devlin (No. 18538) was born in St Malachy’s, Antrim, lived in Newtownards and enlisted in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
It is also recorded that Private Thomas Devlin served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (No. 28515) before being transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment.
Private Thomas Devlin made his will on 24 August 1917 and in it he bequeathed all of his property and effects to his brother, A. Devlin, who lived at 14 Hardcastle Street, Belfast.
In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that his brother Alphonsus was his sole legatee.
Private Thomas Devlin (No. 18538) was killed in action in France on 20 July 1918 and he was buried in Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No. 1, Auchonvillers, France.
Private Thomas Devlin (No. 18538) is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 150).