Silas Lennox


Name:   Silas Lennox
Nationality:   United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service:   Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Formerly S/14579, A and S.H.
Unit Text:   2nd Bn.
Age:   22
Born:   Bellaghy
Enlisted:   Glasgow
Date of Death:   22/07/1916
Service No:   S/13144
Casualty Type:   Commonwealth War Dead. Persian Gulf.
Grave/Memorial Ref:   VI. E. 7.
Cemetery:   Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.
Additional information:   Son of Eccles and Martha Lennox, of Coagh Street, Cookstown and later of 61, Cowlairs Rd, Springburn, Glasgow.
Silas Lennox was a son of Eccles and Martha Lennox, of Coagh Street, Cookstown, and later of 61 Cowlairs Road, Springburn, Glasgow. He was born at Bellaghy but lived with his parents in Cookstown, where he worked for a while as a messenger boy with a relative, Mr. A. Lennox who owned the “The Arcade”. When he moved to Glasgow he was employed in one of the shops of the Maypole Dairy Company, where he received promotion and his job seemed secure before he enlisted with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and later transferred to the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). While on active service in Mesopotamia, Silas Lennox contracted a fever and died a few days later, on 22nd July 1916. He is interred in plot 6, row E, grave 7 at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. At the time of his death, Silas had two brothers on active service in the army. Hugh Lennox was serving with Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and died of wounds on 9th October 1916.
Now the earthly fight is over. And in perfect peace he sleeps, Till he meets again with his loved ones Angels, carefully him keeps. Short was your life, my darling son, But peaceful is your rest Your mother misses you most of all, it was she who loved you best. The news was sad, the blow was hard, God’s will is shall be done! With a manly heart, he did his part My dear beloved son.
The above piece submitted to Mid Ulster Mail by Silas’ mother Mrs. Martha Lennox in 1916.

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