Welcome to www.longfordatwar.ie. This site was developed as part of Longford’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. It also aims to remember all of those from the county who served in past conflicts, including the Easter Rising of 1916.
The database which can be accessed from the site includes details of the Longford people who died in World War I either in combat or from injuries. Included are those who were born in the county and those from elsewhere who lived in it at the time of their enlistment.
We also wish to record information on those from Longford, either natives or residents, who served in World War I or in various other conflicts. In that regard, we are appealing for help from anyone who has information to submit it. Our aim is to identify as many men and women as possible so that they will be remembered.
Soldiers Who Died 100 Years Ago This Month
John was likely born 8 June, 1896 in Mullolagher, near Longford town. He initially served with the Royal Field Artillery, before transferring to the Tank Corps, but was sadly killed in action aged just 21 years.
John was born 20 December, 1895 in Tenelough.
Pte Dowler enlisted in Longford, but died of his wounds on the 9 October 1917, likely as a result of wounds attained in the Battle of Poelcapple* in Flanders.
John's brother, Pte Michael Dowler also of the 1st Irish Guards was killed in action nearly a year earlier in 1916.
George was born in Ballyminion, just outside Longford town in 5 June, 1893, but the family to Kilpatrick, Dumbarton in Scotland in his youth*.
Guardsman Harte enlisted for war service in Clydebank in Lanarkshire. He died of wounds as a result of the battle of Poelcapple, an action of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, (Passchendaele). His sister Elizabeth Williamson and brothers, Patrick and John, were his next-of-kin.
John was born 8 December, 1883 in Drumree, Newtowncashel*, the eldest son of Patrick and Mary Hopkins. He and his brother Patrick both later immigrated to New Zealand.
Pte Hopkins enlisted at Bulls, North Island, New Zealand on 22 August 1916 and arrived in England in March 1917, before being deployed at the Western front in May 1917. He was fighting at Bellvue Spur near Passchendaele, in the 3rd Battle of Ypres when he went missing in action on or around the 12 October, one of New Zealand's blackest days in WW1, where they suffered over 3700 casualties; he was later determined to have been killed in action.
Francis was born in Granard, but may have lived in Dundee, Scotland for a period. He enlisted in the army for war service in Birr, Co. Offaly. His brothers Joseph, Phillip, Thomas and half-brothers Michael and John, were named as his next-of-kin.