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Patrick Killian

Rank: Sapper
Townland: Fermoyle
Town/Village: Lanesborough
Civil Parish: Rathcline
Catholic Parish: Rathcline
Alternative Address: Possible: Creevaghmore, Ballymahon, Co. Longford
Census 1901: Resident at Rathcline
Census 1911: Likely entry at Creevaghmore, Ballymahon
Regiment/Unit: Royal Engineers, 1st Field Survey Company
Regiment Number: 16987
Date of Death: 22-04-1918
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St. Vaast, France

Patrick was born the 15 August 1887 in Fermoyle. He enlisted for war service in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Letrim, and entered the war in France in May 1915. He was likely killed in action during the Spring Offensive of 1918; he was serving with the 1st Field Survey Company at the time of his death. Field survey companies were responsible for topographic surveys and producing maps.  

Parents Names: Son of Luke Killian and Elizabeth (née Kenny), of Fermoyle, Lanesborough.
Notes: *It is possible that he was a mining surveyor - a shipping manifest for the Karina, travelling from Lagos to Plymouth/Liverpool in October 1914 has someone his age and name on board.

Link to CWGC entryLink to Soldiers Will; link to Civil Record of Birth (ensure the link has .pdf at the end to allow it to open correctly); information on how Field Survey Companies operated

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