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Edward Finnion (Finnan)

Rank: Private
Townland: Churchland
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Ballymacormack
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Churchland, Cartrongeeragh - name listed as Fannin.
Census 1911: Resident at Churchland, Cartrongeeragh - name listed as Finnen.
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 3rd Battalion
Regiment Number: 35040
Date of Death: 10-10-1918
Cause: Died at sea, (drowning), torpedoing of the R.M.S. Leinster
Memorial: Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, U.K

Edward was born Edward Joseph Fennon in Churchland Longford on the 12 December 1897, and was the eldest of at least seven children*. He was named after his paternal grandfather, with whom the family were living in 1901**.

Edward enlisted for war service in Mullingar, but died when R.M.S. Leinster*** was torpedoed in the Irish Sea; he appears to have enlisted only a short time before, as the Register of Soldier's Effects notes that he was a recruit; in addition, his name is recorded as Finnon. Edward's body was sadly never recovere/identified, and he is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.

Parents Names: Son of James Fennon and Mary (née Farrell) of Churchland, Longford.
Notes: *Five of Edward's siblings are listed on the 1911 Census. Another sister, Patricia, was born in 1912. **Two of Edward's cousins, Edward and Kate Carberry who were born in Scotland, were also living with them in 1901. ***R.M.S. stood for Royal Mail Service; it was a mail ship.

Link to CWGC entry; link to Find A Grave entry;  link to Civil Record of Birth (if the link is broken, type .pdf to the end of the web address); The R.M.S. Leinster; Irish Medals entry;

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