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William Mahady (Mahany)

Rank: Gunner
Townland: Carlanstown, Co. Westmeath
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath; Granard, Co. Longford
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Residing with his sister-in-law, Carlanstown
Regiment/Unit: Royal Field Artillery, 4th Brigade, 'C' Battery/ [Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Brigade]
Regiment Number: 12504
Date of Death: 04-04-1918
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of the Avre
Memorial: Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, France.

William was born in Co. Longford in c.1873: he was likely born William Mahody (sic) in Granard 25 November 1872, the son of William Mahody and Anne (née Cahill) - William was a labourer. William had a brother Matthew, and a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Prendergast.

Mahady is noted as enlisting with the Artillery in Woolwich, London, their home base, in August 1914. Given the date, it is quite possible that this enlistment was for war service and had previously been attached with this or another regiment. He was granted the 1914 Star (a.k.a the 'Mons Star'). 

William  was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) for bravery in January 1917 and is listed in both the London and Edinburgh Gazettes  January 1917, whilst still serving with the Royal Artillery of Horse. It was some time after this that William transferred to the IV Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action, likely during the Battle of the Avre

William's brother, Matthew, also served in WW1 with the Irish Guards. 

Parents Names: Son of William and Anne Mahady, Carlanstown, Finea, Co. Westmeath

Link to CWGC; Find A Grave entry; likely Civil Record of Birth; Edinburgh Gazette entry, January 1917; London Gazette entry, 22 January 1917

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