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Thomas Higgins

Rank: Private
Street: 302 West 30th Street
Town/Village: New York City, New York
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Aghamore Lower, Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford
Census 1901: Resident at Aghamore
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, "D" Company, U.S. Army
Regiment Number: 240988
Date of Death: 22-07-1918
Cause: Killed in action, Chateau Thierry
Memorial: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et- Nesles, France

Thomas was born in Longford 30 January 1887*. He emigrated to the US in October 1907 with his brother James; he worked as a barkeeper in New York. He returned to Ireland on at least one occassion, and is seen travelling to the US in October 1913 likely with his brother James and possibly a cousin John Sheridan from Legga, Moyne - all three were barkeepers. Thomas became a naturalised U.S. citizen in August 1911; James also became a citizen at that stage.

Thomas was enlisted into the U.S. Army in December 1917; he initially was initially stationed with 307th Infantry HQ before joining a traning battalion in January 1918. Thomas joined the 104th Infantry in April 1918 and remained with them until his death. During his time in France, Thomas served in the Pas Fini Sector, and likely served in the Occupation of Château-Thierry, and in the Battle of Château-Thierry part of the Second Battle of the Marne. 

It was Thomas's cousin, Peter Reilly, resident on 57th Street, who was notified of Thomas's death.

Parents Names: Son of Patrick Higgins and Mary (née Sheridan), of Aughmore, Co. Longford
Notes: *He his date of birth as the 13 February 1888 in attestments and naturalisation records.

Link to ABMC entry; link to Civil Record of Birth (if link does not work, add .pdf to the end of the web address).

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