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Michael Keating

Rank: Private
Townland: Drynan
Town/Village: Ballymahon
Civil Parish: Shrule
Catholic Parish: Shrule
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Drinan
Census 1911: Possible entry as a lodger in Ballymahon
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 6th Battalion / [Connaught Rangers, 2nd Battalion]/ (Leinster Regiment) / {Rifle Brigade, 6th Battalion)
Regiment Number: 1820/ [7442]
Date of Death: 28-03-1917
Cause: Killed in action, Salonika
Memorial: Struma Military Cemetery, Kalokastro, Serres, Macedonia, Greece

Michael was born in Ballymahon likely on the 30 June 1879, and was the son of Patrick Kielty and Catherine (née Farrell).

Pte Keating originally served with the 6th Rifle Brigade, and transferred to the 6th Leinster Regiment in October 1901 at Athlone, and was later with the Connaught Rangers. After his initial period of service, Michael was transferred to the Special Reserve, and appears to have been in England after 1909. After the outbreak of war, Keating reenlisted and entered the war in July 1915 at Gallipoli.

His brother, Joseph Keating of Drynan, Ballymahon, was named as heir in Michael's will (link below).

Parents Names: (Probable) Patrick Keating and Catherine (née Farrell), Ballymahon, Co. Longford
Notes: *Likely Civil Records of birth for two brothers, Michael and Joseph Keating was found for Ballymahon. The 1901 Census and Army attestment suggests a date of birth in c.1882, however.

Link to CWGC entryLink to his will; possible Civil Record of birth; notice of death, Freemans Journal, April 1917

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