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Thomas Green

Rank: Private
Street: Chapel Lane
Townland:
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Country:
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Census 1901: Resident on Chapel Lane
www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Longford/Longford_No__1_Urban/Chapel_Lane/1555634/
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 1st Battalion, "D" Company; [Connaught Rangers]
Regiment Number: 10124; [4198]
Date of Death: 19-09-1918
Cause: Killed in action,
Memorial: Jerusalem Memorial, Churchill Boulevard, Jerusalem, Israel & Palestine
Information:

Thomas was born 2nd February 1891*, in Longford to Edward and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Green of Chapel Lane, Longford. He had two brothers William and Joseph and two sisters, Mary and Annie.

Thomas originally enlisted in the Connaught Rangers Special Reserve (No. 4198) in December 1909 and later enlisted in the Connaught Rangers proper at Boyle, Co. Roscommon in the Connaught Rangers in February 1911 at the age of 20, although he states that he had previous experience in the Connaught Rangers on his attestment form in the Special Reserve. During his war service, Thomas served in India and during the war in Rouen (France), Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Egypt - he suffered a gun shot wound to his left arm in April 1915.

It is likely that he died at the Battle of Meggido, during the Palestine Campaign.

Parents Names: Son of Edward Green and Lizzie (née Green) of Chapel Lane, Longford
Notes: In his will, (link below) Thomas left his effects to his mother. It is likely that William Green, Thomas's brother, was also in the Army as his location is given as "Egypt" on Thomas's Army Records. Birth *Date of birth given on registration was 24 April 1891, but this may have been a fudge to ensure that the birth appeared to be within the 2 month registration limit. It appears that on his first attestment to the Connaught Rangers Special Reserve Thomas claimed to be a slightly older than he actually was; he stated that he was 19 years and 6 months, when in fact he was 18. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website lists Thomas's age as being 32, but this is likely an error.
Links:

Link to CWGC entry; link to Soldier's Will; link to Civil Record of Birth (should the link not work, add .pdf to the end of the web address);

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