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Michael Dowler

Rank: Private
Townland: Ballyglassin
Town/Village: Carrickboy
Civil Parish: Kilglass
Catholic Parish: Legan
Alternative Address: Tenelough, Carrickboy, Co. Longford
Census 1901: Residing at Tenelough
Census 1911: Residing at Ballyglasson, in the house of his in-laws.
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 7128
Date of Death: 10-12-1916
Cause: Killed in action, France
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France

Michael was born 28 April 1889 in Tenalough, Legan. He married his wife Ellen Nolan c.1908 and they went on to have four children together. 

Pte Dowler died likely as a result of shelling near Guillemont near the Somme, and his presumed date of death was on or after the 10 December 1916.

Michael's brother, Pte John Dowler also of the 1st Irish Guards, died of his wounds almost a year later in 1917.

In 2016, as part of Outtake Community Media's TV to Remember course, Michael's great-granddaughter, Evelyn, dedicates her piece Letters Home to Michael and his widow with an imagined letter home.

Parents Names: Son of Bryan Dowler and Bridget (née Mulfall), Tenelough, Carrickboy.

Link to CWGC entryLink to soldiers wills, National Archives; list of Irish Guards dead from Rudyard Kipling; link to Civil Record of birth

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