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Michael Joseph Lennon

Rank: Gunner
Townland: Castlerea Mountain
Town/Village: Moydow
Civil Parish: Moydow
Catholic Parish: Moydow
Alternative Address: Dowdstown, Moydow
Census 1901: Resident on Castlerea Mountain
Census 1911: Resident on Castlerea Mountain
Regiment/Unit: Royal Field Artillery, 5th (Reserve) Brigade
Regiment Number: 119764
Date of Death: 02-06-1918
Cause: Natural causes, Mullingar
Memorial: Unknown - Likely St Loman's Hospital, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Michael Joseph was born on Castlerea Mountain, on or around the 12 April 1891. His parents were farmers and he was one of four children.

Michael attested for the Royal Field Artillery at Athlone on the 3 April 1916, giving Dowdstown, Moydow as his address, however this is likely based on his mother's maiden name and was later established to be Castlerea Mountain. 

He initially posted to the 27th Reserve Battalion, and later the 5th Reserves in Athlone, having been mustered as a gunner. Michael Joseph was hospitalised in Dublin that August on mental health grounds, believed to have been a form of early-onset dementia, and he was later discharged in December 1916. He never served at the Front. Michael Joseph sadly did not appear to have been eligible for a pension as his condition was not considered to be aggravated by his military service but he was, however, awarded the Silver War Badge (No 111126)

Michael Joseph died in the District Asylum, (now St Loman's Hospital), in Mullingar in June 1918 from Pulmonary Tubercolosis. 

Parents Names: Son of Michael Lennon and Mary Ann (née Dowd), Castlerea Mountain
Notes: Michael's entry was updated with thanks to information from the Ireland's Great War Dead online database. "Serial No: 119764 Unit: 5th Reserve Brigade Age: 25 Born: Dowdstown, Moydow, County Longford Enlisted: Athlone, County Westmeath Next of Kin: Son of Michael and Mary Ann Lennon, Castlerea Mountain, Doory, County Longford. Grave or Memorial: Notes: Died after discharge. Discharged on 27/012/1916, no longer physicaly fit for war service- developmental dementia. Awarded Silver War Badge number 111126."

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