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Peter Kiernan

Rank: Private
Street: Church Street
Town/Village: Edgeworthstown
Civil Parish: Mostrim
Catholic Parish: Mostrim
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 60th Battalion; [Royal Irish Rifles]
Regiment Number: 121004; [5460]
Date of Death: 09-10-1918
Cause: Malaria, 77th Casualty Clearing Station, Ludd, Palestine
Memorial: Ramleh War Cemetery, Ramleh, Israel

Peter was born c.1882 in Edgeworthstown. Prior to the war, Peter was a carpenter, as was his father and his brothers Philip and Edward. Peter was married to Mrs. Katie Kiernan of Church Street, Edgeworthstown, and she is named in his will as his heir, (link below). They had at least one daughter together, called Kathleen.

He enlisted for war service in Longford barracks and by 1918 was serving in Palestine, but was struck down with malaria in October 1918. Peter's Company Officer wrote to his widow:

10th Field Hospital, Palestine - Dear Mrs. Kiernan; It is with deep sympathy that I write to break to you the sad news of the death of your husband. It was only on the 6th inst. that he complained of feeling unwell. He saw Batt. M.O. [battalion medical officer] who relieved him of duty. The following day he paraded as usual and appeared to be in his usual health. The next day - the 8th inst., he had a very high temperature and the M.O. sent him to Hospital. He died of Malaria (M.T.) at the 77th C.C.S. [Casualty Clearing Station] Ludd [modern-day Lod] on the 9.10.'18. Your husband has been wheelwright to this Battalion since its foundation. He was always happy and smiling, and always had a good word for everybody, and I know we have lost a good, capable and efficient soldier. Please accept from the officers and men, their deepest sympathy in this your great trial. - John. F.L. Lamport Lt. T.O. 60th M.C. Battalion. 

Parents Names: Son of Philip Kiernan, Edgeworthstown.
Notes: Peter died on the 9th of October, but his will lists it as being the 10th.

Link to CWGC entry; link to Soldier's will; Longford Leader obituary

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