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Patrick Faughnan, (served as Faulkner / Falconer)

Rank: Private
Townland: Briskill Beg
Town/Village: Newtownforbes
Civil Parish: Clonguish
Catholic Parish: Clonguish
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Briskil, Newtownforbs
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: S/2707
Date of Death: 10-10-1915
Cause: Presumed killed in action, likely near Chuignolles, France.
Memorial: Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Patrick was born on the 12 April 1889 in Briskill, Newtownforbs Co.Longford. He was educated at Cloonteagh National School and later in life emigrated to Scotland, 

Pte. Faughnan enlisted at Sterling, Scotland, under the name Faulkner in August 1914, initially with the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, before being transferred to the 1st where he appeared to have joined the Expeditionary Force in May 1915. 

Patrick and his brother were both mentioned in the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. Patrick's entry reads:

'Private, No.2707, 1st Battn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, son of John Faughnan of Briskillbeg, Farmer, by his wife Ellen dan. of Patrick McAvey; b. Briskillbeg, Newtownforbes, co. Longford ; educated at Cloonteagh National School, Newtownforbes ; enlisted on the outbreak of war, and was killed in action on the Western front, 10 Oct 1915.'


Pte. Faughnan was a brother of Francis Faughnan, (No 2792, Royal Scots) who was also killed in action. Both had their elder brother John, who lived at the family home in Briskill, as their next-of-kin.


Parents Names: Son of John and Ellen Faulkner, Briskill Beg, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford.
Notes: Patrick also went by the surname variation of Falconer, and signed his military will as such (link below). This surname is also on some Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

Link to CWGC;  Link to Soldiers Will; link to Civil Record of birth;

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