|Alternative Address:||Silver Street, Granard; Main Street, Granard|
Likely entry at Silver Street, (off Main Street), Granard
Likely entry at Main Street, Granard
|Regiment/Unit:||Royal Munster Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, "D" Company / [South Irish Horse]|
|Regiment Number:||15140/ |
|Date of Death:||10-11-1917|
|Cause:||Killed in action, Poelcapple/Poelkaple, (2nd Battle of Passchendaele), Third Battle of Ypres|
|Memorial:||Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
Thomas was born on the 13 June, 1896 in Granard. He went on to enlist in Longford with the Southern Irish Horse, before transferring to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Both his elder brothers Thomas and John* also served in WW1, John having been injured at the same engagement that killed Thomas.
An article on Thomas's family was published on the 2 February, and mentions Thomas's brothers and his being missing in action from the 10 November:
A REMARKABLE RECORD
Mrs. J.M. Wilson, Garvagh, Hon. Sec. of Co. Longford Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association, calls our attention to the remarkable record of a Granard family in the present war - the family of Mrs. Mary Boylan, of Barrack Street, Granard. This old lady had three sons who answered the "call" when war broke out, the first Private P. Boylan 15140, 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers, has been wounded and missing since the Battle of Alsace, on the 10th November; the second Private T. Boylan, No. 2828, [Leinster Regiment] was wounded in both legs and in the head in the same battle, and the third son, Private J. Boylan, No. 11452, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, is now in France for the third time during the war. We congratulate Mrs. Boylan on the record of her family and we hope they will all return to her safe and victorious in a short time.
The Battle of Alsace was in fact the Second Battle of Passchendaele, and on the morning of the 10 November 1917, the 2nd Munsters were at the front line in front of Tournant Farm**, southeast of Poelcapple on the Ypres salient. "D" company under Captain James Philip Harding, were to support "C" company and occupy Vat Farm, allowing "C" Coy to proceed to Veal Cottages. Patrick was one of 390 men of non-officer ranks from his regiment, who were killed/missing/wounded on this day. The regimental diary attributes the failure of the action, in part to the horrific conditions created by the mud.
|Parents Names:||Son of Thomas Boylan and Mary (née Berrigan), of Barrack Street, Granard, Co. Longford.|
|Notes:||*John may have served under the surname Bolan. **The location of Tournant Farm may be seen on the National Library of Scotland map link below; it was located to the right of the No 28, just at the sharp bend in the road.|
Link to CWGC entry; Link to Civil Record of birth; Longford Leader, 23 February 1918, A Remarkable Record; Clare Men & Women of the Great War, page 33 gives a good overview of the Munsters' engagement on the 10 November; National Library of Scotland, Battlefield Maps (the area of the battle is Square 28);