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Peter McGrath

Rank: Corporal
Townland: Clough
Town/Village: Kenagh
Civil Parish: Kilcommock
Catholic Parish: Kilcommock
Alternative Address: Island, Kenagh in 1911. Gave addresses as Abbeyderg and Woodtown in 1914 and 1915 to two sets of recruitment officials.
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Yes
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 5th Battalion; Irish Guards. Previously served with Connaught Ranger.
Regiment Number: 5346-Leinster Regiment number; 9885 - Irish Guards; [5088 & 5174- previous Connaught Rangers]
Date of Death: 26-03-1916
Cause: Died at home
Memorial: Kilcommock Old Graveyard, Kenagh, Co. Longford

Peter was born in Clough, Kenagh and later lived in Abbeyderg and Island, and was the son of Michael McGrath, a school teacher. He served first in the Leinster Regiment and then in the Connaught Rangers. He was in India and then in South Africa during the Boer War (1899-1902). Peter was a postman before the war* In March 1908, he married Ellen Liddane** from Co. Clare in East Finchley in London - they went on to have three children.

At the outbreak of the Great War, Peter attempted to reenlist with the army on a number of occassions, but his health prevented him. Sadly, he passed away at home aged 40. He was buried with full military honours, with the funeral procession being led by the brass band of the Leinster Regiment. 

Two of Peter's brothers, Michael and Seán, took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. 

Parents Names: Son of Michael McGrath and Bridget (née Heslin), Clough, Kenagh, Co. Longford
Notes: *Peter's father was a schoolteacher, and Peter may have trained as a teacher also. **Peter's wife remarried after his death and became Mrs. Daly.

Link to CWGC entry; Longford Leader notice of death, 1 April 1916

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