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John Devaney (Devanny)

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Alternative Address: Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Census 1901: Residing at House 63, Main Street, Granard, Longford.
Census 1911: Residing at House 2 in Tuits Lane, Granard, Longford.
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 4319
Date of Death: 24-02-1915
Cause: Died of wounds, near Armentiéres, France
Memorial: Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France

John was born 11 February 1882 in Granard Co. Longford. He worked at a gerneral labourer in his early years. John served a long military career enlisting with the army in Longford 1903.

At the outbreak of war Pte. Devanny's battalion was stationed at Cork as part of the 17th Brigade of the 6th Division and then moved to Newmarket Suffolk. They mobilised for war and landed at St. Nazaire. 

The 2nd Battalion was in the trenches north east of Armentiéres in winter 1914. They took part in the Christmas Day ceasefire which saw German and British soldiers fraternizating together.

Parents Names: Son of the late Thomas and Elizibeth (Bessy) Devanny.
Notes: 202 Athlone men were awarded Certificates of Honour and reported in the Westmeath Independent in October 1915. John's Certificate was received by his father Thomas Devanny, of Castlemaine Street, Athlone on his behalf. There was only one John Devanny in the Leinster Regiment. He is listed as a Longford man, however, he is also listed in the Certificates of Honours list for Athlone men.

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