|Alternative Address:||Esker, Ballinalee|
Possible entry at Soran
Possible entry at Esker
|Regiment/Unit:||Attempted enlisting with National Army; [previously likely Royal Field Artillery, 147th Brigade]|
|Regiment Number:||None for National Army; [1041200 & 76699]|
|Date of Death:||01-03-1922|
|Cause:||Poisoning, Upper Barracks, Longford|
We believe that James was James O'Donnell, of Soran, Ballinalee as this British Army pensions index noted that he died on the 1 March 1922 (the full file was destroyed in 1933 however). If this is the case, he was born c.1889 and was raised in Soran. It is likely that by 1911 he was working for a farmer in Esker.
James enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery c.1915 and entered the war on the Western Front in July 1915; he was discharged on medical grounds in September 1918.
Regarding the circumstances of James's death, it is believed that on the 3 March, James went to the Upper (infantry) Barracks to enlistwith the newly-formed National Army. He was seemingly rejected, and after getting in trouble was arrested and detained in the guard room. At the inquest, the guard testified that James, removed a small paper packet from his pocket, and took his life via strychnine poisoning. An inquest was held, the details of which was published in the Longford Leader.
|Parents Names:||Possibly the son of Thomas and Bridget O'Donnell, Soran|
|Notes:||Possible entry in the 1911 Census: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Longford/Aghaboy/Esker_South/649998/|
link to Civil Record of Death (please ensure web address ends in .pdf); Ex-Soldier's Fate, Longford Leader, 4 Mar 1922;
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