John James Early (also Airlie)
|Street:||9 Saint Mel's Road|
|Alternative Address:||Charles Street, Sligo; Carrowerin, Sligo|
Surname spelled Airlie
|Regiment/Unit:||Irish Guards, 2nd Battalion|
|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 entry; Link to Civil Record of birth; Will 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;