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Michael Marley / Mearly / Mearley

Rank: Private
Street: 2160 Fulton Street
Town/Village: Brooklyn, New York
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Ballagh, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford.
Census 1901: Resident at Ballagh, Newtowncashel (written as Michael Mearly)
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Veterinary Depot; [152nd Depot Brigade], U.S. Army
Regiment Number: 3732081
Date of Death: 17-10-1918
Cause: Influenza (Spanish Flu), Camp Lee Base Hospital, Virginia
Memorial: New Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, New York

Michael, sometimes written as Michael Mearly was born in Longford around the 8 April 1886*, and moved to New York in April 1910 on the RMS Carmania. He was working as a longshoreman prior to enlistment.

Michael enlisted in the U.S. army on July 25 1918, and initially served with the 12th Company of the 152nd Depot Brigade based at Camp Upton,  but transferred to the 2nd Provisional Company Veterinarian Training School on the 6 September where he remained until his death.

Michael died in Virginia in October 1918, as a result of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919, at the base hospital in Camp Lee south of the city of Richmond, Virginia. A number of other soldiers are recorded as having died from 'flu here on the same day, and dozens of whom who died that week of the same cause. His sister, Catherine Hoyt** of 468 Graham Street, Brooklyn, was notified of his death. 

Parents Names: Son of Michael Mearly and Mary (née Doyle) of Ballagh, Newtowncashel.
Notes: *May have been born in February of the same year. Brother of Catherine Hoyt, 468 Graham Street, Brooklyn, New York.Sadly her daughter, also called Catherine, died 4 January 1919 followed by Catherine herself on 14 September 1919. She and her brother Michael were pre-deceased by their brothers, John Marley on the 7 May 1916 and Edward Marley one year later on the 7 May 1917. Catherine's husband frank died in 1932.

Link to Find A Grave entry; link to Civil Record of Birth; link to WW1 NY Army Card (from, a paid subscription site);

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