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Thomas Robert Brady

Rank: Sergeant
Street: 30 Richmond Street
Town/Village: Limerick
Civil Parish:
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Alternative Address: Longford, Co. Longford; Tralee, Co. Kerry
Census 1901: Resident at Basin Road, Tralee
Census 1911: Resident in Tralee
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Rifles, 14th (Young Citizens) Battalion & 19th Battalion
Regiment Number: 19/10
Date of Death: 07-06-1917
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of Messines
Memorial: Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Thomas Robert was born Robert Thomas Brady in Longford 15 May 1896, the son of a mounted Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) sergeant; his family moved to Tralee when he was a child and lived there for many years.

Sjt Brady enlisted in Belfast Co. Antrim. After initially serving with the 19th R.I.R he transferred to the 14th (Young Citizens) Battalion, which was originally raised in Belfast from the Belfast Volunteers and formed part of the 36th (Ulster) Division. 

Extract from the Limerick Chronicle, June, 1917:

Sergeant T R Brady. Intimation has been received by Mr R C Brady... that his son, Sergeant Thomas R Brady, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action at Wystchaete, on the 7th instant. The gallant soldier had only been a fortnight at the front when he fell. He was only in his twenty first year, and prior to joining the army he was employed as a motor mechanic at Messrs Christy's, George Street, where he was very popular with his employees, who with a large circle of friends mourn his death.

Thomas was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side. He died less than one month after his 21st birthday.

Parents Names: Son of Richard Charles Brady and Margaret (née McBride), of 30 Richmond Street, Limerick

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