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John James Early (also Airlie)

Rank: Private
Street: 9 Saint Mel's Road
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Charles Street, Sligo; Carrowerin, Sligo
Census 1901: Surname spelled Airlie
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 10355
Date of Death: 27-11-1917
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of Cambrai
Memorial: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.

John, also known as Jack, was born John James Erly in Carrowerin, Sligo on the 15 October 1889. His parents Martin (then a servant) and Anne were resident at Charles Street, Sligo at the time. The family later moved to Longford and Martin worked as a bank porter.

Prior to the war, Jack worked for Guinness's Brewery in Longford as a storeman (employee ID: 13645) from the 24th April 1914 up to the time he enlisted in November 1915. This is noted in the Longford Leader of the 20 November 1915 under the section Recruiting in Longford:

Amongst those are: Mr. Jack Early, a Clerk in Guinness's Stores in Longford, who was one of the most popular young men in town, and who left for the Irish Guards on Tuesday last


Parents Names: Son of Martin Earley(Airlie) and Annie (née Kelly) of 9 St. Mel's Road, Longford
Notes: Alternative birth date found for 13th September 1889. The family name is given as Airlie in the 1901 Census and Earley in 1911. Interestingly, he listed a friend, Miss F. Nevin, 157 Phibsboro Road, Dublin in his will, along with his mother, (link below).

Link to CWGC entryLink to Civil Record of birthWill for John Early (National Archives of Ireland; link to the Genealogy section of the Guinness Storehouse Archives (searchable); Longford Leader, 20 November 1915, Recruiting in Longford

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