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 born 6 December 1881 in Park Place, Carrickedmond, whose father was a gardener there.
Gnr McBurney enlisted in Liverpool.
John's brother, William, also died during the Great War. Their sisters Agnes and Margaret were listed as John's next-of-kin.
Frank was born c.1894 in Co. Longford. Extract from The Irish Independent: Second Lieutenant F. .W Howden, died of wounds, son of Mr Howden, Carriglass, Longford. He was at the landing at Suvla Bay, and through the Gallipoli campaign, with the Dublin 'Pals.'
Charles Waler Blackhall was born c.1877 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, son of the Irish-born Robert Blackhall. He married Alice Evelyn Feutrell Briscoe in April 1910 in Chelsea.
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, he and his wife were actors and were living in Kent. Nevertheless, Lt Col Blackhall had a distinguished military career, having previously served in the Boer War and was made Captain in 1904. He was mentioned twice in Despatches for this Great War service.
Francis was born near Edgeworthstown, likely at Ringowny/Ringonna on the 17 March 1889; he was the third son of Francis and Anne O'Hara. By 1911 Francis was no longer resident in Longford and appears to have been abroad.
Private O'Hara and enlisted in Longford and first entered the war in France on the 19 December 1914, for which he earned the 1914-15 medal. This early enlistment suggests that he may have been either a serving soldier (likely with the 1st Leinsters who were at Faizabad in India until October 1914 and landed at the front on the 20 December 1914); alternatively he may have been a reservist.
Francis was serving with the 2nd Leinsters when they were transferred, on February to the 47th Infantry Brigade under the 16th (Irish) Division, under Gough's Fifth Army. On the 14 March they arrived at Tincourt in the Somme, where they had witnessed such devastation less than two years prior, and then onto Grange Camp where the men celebrated St. Patrick's Day by playing sports. Unfortunately the Allied defences were in poor condition. At 4.45am on the 21 March the Battle of St Quentin commenced and the German attack was ferocious. The Leinsters were initially in reserve at Villiers-Faucon, but were ordered to a trench known as the Brown Line that afternoon. Unfortunately, on the morning of the 22nd, their right flank was compromised when the 66th Division retired and Francis's regiment suffered huge casualites, and forcing repeated retreats. Worse was to come when they retreated to a ridge south-west of Villiers-Faucon, as they were not only in the enemy line of fire, but also in danger from t
George was born in Kilmore, Clondra, in November 1886. George was one of 8 children, including 2 brothers and 5 sisters (David, Edmund, Anne Jane, Mary Elizabeth, Susan, Emma Florence & Sara Louisa).