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Thomas McHale

Rank: Company Quartermaster
Street: Barracks
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Ballina, Co. Mayo; Maddenstown, Co. Kildare
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Likely entry at Maddenstown, Co. Kildare
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Regiment, 5th Battalion;
Regiment Number: 245
Date of Death: 09-01-1915
Cause: Natural causes, Longford
Memorial: Brookwood

Thomas was born in Ballina (Kilmoremoy Civil Parish), Co. Mayo c.1872. It is currently uncertain as to when and where he was born, but it is possible that he is the Thomas McHale born on Hill Street, Ballina about 29 June 1873 to shoemaker James McHale and Bridget née McCarthy. 

He married Rose Neville* in Naas on the 7 January 1894, and they had six children together: James Joseph, Mary Anne, Thomas Patrick, John Joseph, Francis Edward and Robert Bernard. The family lived at various times in Cos Limerick, Kildare and Wexford. 

Thomas died of pneumonia and heart failure in Longford, and is likely buried in Ballymacormack Cemetery. 

Parents Names: Son of James McHale, Ballina
Notes: *After Thomas's death, Rose (born Jul 1877) remarried James Alfred Shenstone, a Colour Sergeant of the 17th Lancers on the 17 February 1917. **Information included in the database: erial No: 245 Unit: 5th Battalion Age: 44 Born: Kilmoremoy, County Mayo Enlisted: Clonmel, County Tipperary Next of Kin: Husband of Rose Shenstone (formerly McHale). Father of James Jossph, Mary Anne, Thomas Patrick, John Joseph, and Edward Francis McHale. Listed in the 1911 Census in Maddenstown, County Kildare. Grave or Memorial: Notes: Newspapers Books etc: Midland Reporter and Westmeath Nationalist, January, 1915.A Military Funeral.One of the most solemnly impressive ceremonies witnessed in Longford for some time was the funeral on Wednesday last of the late Quartermaster Sergeant McHale, of the 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, stationed here. Deceased contracted pneumonia to which he succumbed on Monday last, and his remains were conveyed to St Mel’s Cathedral on Tu

Link to CWGC entry (Brookwood Memorial); link to possible Civil Record of Birth; link to Civil Record of Death (please ensure web address ends in .pdf); ; link to Widow's Pension index with eligible childrens names and details of remarriage (, a paid subscription site)

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