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James Farrell

Rank: Acting Company Sergeant Major
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Main Street, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 10th Battlaion/ [2nd Battalion]
Regiment Number: 8694
Date of Death: 27-03-1918
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, France.

James was born c.1885, possibly in County Longford. He joined the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, where he was an Acting Warrant Officer Class 2; given that this is a senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) rank, it is likely that James had earlier military service or training. 

James was killed in action near Pozieres, likely during the opening stages of the German Spring Offensive, (Operation Michael). He was serving with the 10th (Commercial Pals) Battalion as Acting CSM prior to his death; the Commercial battalion was made up of men recruited from commercial offices primarily in Dublin. However, as this had been disbanded in February 1918, he was serving with another battalion, either the 1st or 2nd RDF or the 19th Entrenching Battalion, who worked under the Royal Engineers in repairing roads and reinforcing defences.

Parents Names: Son of Charles and Margaret Farrell of Main Street, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath

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