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Francis Robert Dimond

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Street: Tully House
Townland: Tully
Town/Village: Legan
Civil Parish: Agharra
Catholic Parish: Legan
Country:
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Tully.
www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Longford/Aghana/Tully/1546447/
Census 1911: Resident in Dundalk, Co. Louth
www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Louth/Dundalk_Urban_No__3/Townparks__Urban_Part_of/904728/
Regiment/Unit: The King's (Liverpool Regiment), 17th (Service) Battalion/ 15th
Regiment Number: 103466
Date of Death: 31-07-1917
Cause: Killed in action, Pilkem Ridge, 3rd Battle of Ypres.
Memorial: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres/Ieper, Belgium
Information:

Francis, was born in Tully House near Legan, the son of Frank Dimond a farmer, Justice of the Peace and Grand Juror in Co. Longford, and his wife Lizzie. He was the youngest of 7 children, and was the only boy. 

 

2nd Lt Dimond is included in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

DIMOND, FRANCIS ROBERT, Lieut., 17th (Service) Battn. The King's (Liverpool Regt.), only s. of Francis Dimond, of Tully House, Lenamore, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, J.P., by his wife Lizzie, dau. of Robert Campbell; b. Tully House, Lenamore, 19 Nov. 1895; educ. at Mountjoy School, Dublin, where he gained the First Science Exhibition, Senior Grade, of the Irish Intermediary Education Board Examinations, and First Class Entrance Exhibition to Trinity College, Dublin; joined the O.T.C. in 1914, and gained his commission in March, 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Jan. 1916; was sent to England in May, having been injured by a grenade, but he returned to his regiment in France in Dec. following; and was killed in action whilst leading his company against the German trenches 31 July, 1917. His Colonel wrote: "His death is a very great loss to the battalion, in which he was so universally popular. His courage and cheerfulness and good work was an inspiration to all around him, and I cannot tell you how much his loss is felt by all the ranks," and his Captain: "I cannot speak too highly of your son's gallant conduct during the whole time he has been with this battalion. He always set a smiling example of courage and cheerfulness, and endeared himself to all his brother officers, while the men were devoted to him. Unm.

He is memorialised on the Menin Gate Memorial, St. John's Church Edgeworth and the 1937 Reading Room in TCD.

Parents Names: Son of Francis Dimond and Lizzie (née Campbell), Tully House, Lenamore, Co. Longford.
Notes: O.T.C. = Officer Training Corps.
Links:

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of birth; link to notice of death, Freeman's Journal; notice of death, Irish Independent; TCD Roll of Honour; dedication of TCD memorial hall; the British National Archives

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