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
Edward was born on 9 October 1894. He enlisted in the army in 1918, and is recorded as entering the U.S. army in California.
Robert enlisted in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. He was killed in action aged 26 years. Photo shows Robert seated, Joseph his brother, standing was drafted for the U.S. army, no record of his service.
Patrick was born in Finea in 1891. He was married to Annie and enlisted in Cavan Barracks.
John was likely born John Gillan* in Corlea, on the 31 May 1893, before the family moved to Ennybegs.
John enlisted in the National Guard in the 14th Infantry before transferring to the 106th, and was deployed to the Western Front from the 10 May 1918 until his death on 7 November 1918 from wounds received in action.
George Rufane Talbot
George was born in the infirmary at Longford on the 9th July 1881*, the son of Nataniel Mayne, a physician and surgeon. He married to Gertrude Mabel Brooking in September 1908 at Toronto.
Prior to the Great War George was working as a gas fitter and then a driller in Canada. He had served with the Canadian Army Service Corps and was discharged in February 1914, and saw action in the Second Boer War.
Lt Mayne reenlisted for war service in September 1914, and was awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) for gallantry. He was wounded in this incident and died on 10th November 1918, one day before the war ended. His body was returned to Longford, and his funeral service was held in St. John's Church.
Daniel was born c.August 1894 near Granard, the son of Michael Connell a stonemason and his wife Roseanne.
Pte Connell enlisted in the U.S. on June 2nd 1917 and saw battle at Volvre and and Bois de Beney in France between July and November 1918.
John enlisted in New York. He died of wounds on the day the war ended.
Cornelius was born c.1880. He followed his father's trade of shoemaker before enlisting in the army.
McVenea had been discharged in June 1917, but died influenza and heart failure in Longford, on the day after the war ended.
Francis (Frank) was born 9 January 1891 in Longford. Prior to the war Frank was working as a general servant.
He enlisted for war service in Longford and was with the 5th Royal Irish Rifles. He was awarded the Silver War Badge, and so was possibly in Co. Longford as a result of illness or injury, and appears to have been discharged by the time of his death.
Frank died by drowning near Newtownforbes in November*1918, although the circumstances of his death are unclear.
Joseph was born in Templemichael. He he succumbed to his wounds, just seven days after the war ended. After his death, his sole heir was his wife Mary Mabel.
Thomas Lock was born c.1881, and was married to Mrs. Maud Agnes Lock.
Richard died of wounds aged 21 years.