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
Francis was a native of Lisryan Co. Longford, where he was born 20 March 1882. He emigrated to the U.S. c.1900 and enlisted with the 26th Infantry Battalion U.S. Army in 1900 and served in the Phillippines; he was initially discharged in November 1903. He reenlisted with the 26th in December 1903 in St. Louis and remained with the regiment until November 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. His attestment stated that Frank had been with the 26th Regiment for six years; this was likely the . Prior to the war, Frank was working as a stone mason.
He enlisted for war service with the 1st Central Ontario Regiment on 26 December 1917 in Toronto, Canada; prior to this . He was hospitalised for a period in May 1918 in the 12 Canadian Hospital, Bramshott. He was likely killed in action most likely in the Second Battles of Arras 1918.
His listed next-of-kin on attestment was Annie Reilly of Lisryan; other siblings included Mrs Maggie Cahill and James Reilly, both of Kilmore, Streete, Co. Westmeath.
Dominick was born c.1893 in Longford, according to Ireland's Memorial Register - however all other sources place him as having been born in Co. Roscommon, likely in Strokestown. In 1911 he was living in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. He enlisted in London.
Patrick was born in 18 June 1893 in Brocklagh, Drumlish, but later moved to Providence, Rhode Island and lived with his sister, Rose Anee.
He seemingly left R.I. for Wisconsin to enlist, allegedly because of an anti-Irish bias Rhode Island. He died aged 25 years. Family lore states that he was killed accidentally when he was kicked by a dying soldier.
Lawrence was born in Edgeworthstown, likely in the Old Rectory on 28 March 1894, the son of Rev. Lyon and his Australian-born wife Louisa. Rev. Lyon served in Mostrim parish between 1891 and 1897, before transferring to Kilcommock Church of Ireland parish between 1897 and 1917, where Lawrence lived until c.1912. He then emigrated to Canada** where he joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce in June 1912, working as an accountant prior to the war. His father had earlier served as a clergyman in Quebec.
His biography in Letters From The Front 1914-1919, published by the Bank of Commerce, Canada
Lyon, Lawrence Gordon – Lieutenant. Born 28th March, 1895. Father, Rev. Paul T. Lyon, Church of England Clergyman. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th June 1912. Enlisted August, 1914, from Kitscoty branch, in Canadian Cavalry Depot, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal Canadian Regiment [in 1915]; 26th Canadian Reserve Battalion. Promoted Lieutenant. Wounded , 7th October, 1916.Died of Wounds, 11th September, 1918.[sic]
While Lawrence was wounded in November 1916, it is likely that he recovered and all indications are that he was died from wounds received in action when his unit was south of Saudemont. Lawrence's brother, Wallace Adlebert served with the Indian Army during the period of the Great War and after.
Patrick was likely born 24 July 1878 in Garvey's Yard, off Main Street, Longford. He married Jane Kelly on the 6 May 1909. Their daughter Mary was born in September 1910.
Patrick had a long military career. He intinitially jointh the 6th Rifle Militia in Longford, before joining the Royal Irish Regiment on the 1 January 1898. He served in India from October 1899 to 1903 before being transferred to Africa until the end of 1905. He returned and served at home (Ireland or Britain) until he was discharged in 1910.
Patrick completed his first term of service in 1910, transferring to the Army Reserve, prior to marrying Jane. In 1911 he was working as an assistant fitter with the railway. He reenlisted for war service in Longford, initially with the Royal Irish Regiment, before transferring to the Labour Corps.
He died of illness in the County Home, Longford.
Thomas was born 2nd February 1891*, in Longford to Edward and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Green of Chapel Lane, Longford. He had two brothers William and Joseph and two sisters, Mary and Annie.
Thomas originally enlisted in the Connaught Rangers Special Reserve (No. 4198) in December 1909 and later enlisted in the Connaught Rangers proper at Boyle, Co. Roscommon in the Connaught Rangers in February 1911 at the age of 20, although he states that he had previous experience in the Connaught Rangers on his attestment form in the Special Reserve. During his war service, Thomas served in India and during the war in Rouen (France), Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Egypt - he suffered a gun shot wound to his left arm in April 1915.
It is likely that he died at the Battle of Meggido, during the Palestine Campaign.
Patrick was born in Longford c.1892.
He lived in Providence Rhode Island, where his sister Rose also resided, before moving to Utah, where he was drafted to the U.S. Army on 25 October 1917. He sailed on the Dante Alegheiri from Jersey City on the 10 May 1918. His sister Rose, who was living at 160 Columbia Avenue, Providence, was his emergency contact.
Thomas was born in Carrickduff, near Granard, on the 29 January 1894, the middle of a large family of over eight children. It is likely that in 1911 Thomas was working as a shop assistant at Peter Heslin's grocery and spirit dealership on Main Street, Granard. Prior to the war, Thomas listed Clara, King's County (now Co. Offaly) as his place of residence.
Thomas initially enlisted in Dublin with the South Irish Horse Royal Irish Regiment, before being transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment and then the 56th Machine Gun Corps*. He likely died during the 100 Days Offensive, near Cambrai, possibly during the Battle of Canal du Nord,
It is believed that Patrick was born 10 March 1874 in Enaghan, but while the Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that Patrick's mother, Kate, lived in Enaghan, others records state that Patrick was born in Co. Kildare*, but it may be that two records were conflated. Patrick enlisted in Dublin.
Patrick's mother included the inscription IN FOND MEMORY OF MY DEAR SON PATRICK KILLED IN ACTION R.I.P. on his headstone.
Thomas was born c.1890 in Corneddan, Killoe, Co. Longford. He later emigrated to the U.S., living in San Francisco, where his sister also lived, before settling in Carson City, Nevada.
Thomas enlisted for war service in Nevada, serving in what was sometimes nicknamed as the 'Wild West Division'. He travelled with his regiment to the front on the Empress of Russia, (which was likely painted in its 'dazzle' camouflage pattern), leaving New York on the 6 July 1918.
Thomas was killed in action during the Battle of St. Mihiel, possibly during the assault on Gesnes; the division was believed to have lost nearly a quarter of its strength on the 29 September alone. Thomas's next-of-kin was listed as being Mrs. T.H. O'Connor, 355 14th Street, San Francisco, California, close to the San Francisco Armory.
Thomas's death was announced in the California press:
Carson City Boy Down. CARSON CITY (Nev.), November 14.- Thomas O'Hara, well known resident of Carson City, has been killed in France, according to word received by his aunt, Mrs. Bridget Smith. He met his death in a recent battle. The young soldier leaves several relatives here. One of his sisters was killed in a train accident at the Virginia Street crossing in Reno some years ago.
John was born in Creevaghmore on 21 February 1897, a middle-child of a large family.
Pte Kenny enlisted in Longford, and served with the 2nd Leinsters in the 29th Division. He was killed in action during the Fifth Battle of Ypres, part of the Final Advance on Flanders, during an engagement near the Menin Road. is remains were was identified by means of his ID disc (dog-tag). He was originally buried at map-point K.33.b.2.2 a. and later reinterred at Dunhallow ADS Cemetery on the 18 September 1919. John's will survives (linked below); it was completed three weeks before his death.