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Cornelius W. McVenea

Rank: Sergeant
Street: 23 Little Water Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Little Water Street
Census 1911: Resident at Little Water Street
Regiment/Unit: Machine Gun Corps, 17th Company (Infantry); [Leinster Regiment]
Regiment Number: 20586; [2821]
Date of Death: 12-11-1918
Cause: Influenza and heart failure, Longford
Memorial: Ballymacormick Cemetery, Longford

Cornelius was born on or around the 19 October 1879 on Water Street in Longford (name is listed as McAweeney).  He followed his father's trade of shoemaker before enlisting in the army; Cornelius's brother, James, was also a shoemaker.

McVenea had been discharged in June 1917, but died influenza and heart failure in Longford, on the day after the war ended. It was likely he was a victim of the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic, which was especially deadly in Ireland in autumn of 1918

Cornelius's gravestone gives his date of death as 11 Novemeber, while his death certificate says 12th. The occupation given on the certificate is postman, which means that he had been discharged from the army prior to his death.

Parents Names: Son of James McVenea and Bridget (née Tanner) of 23 Little Water Street, Longford
Notes: Please note that the surname is listed under a number of different surnames for James and his siblings, including McAweeney and McEveeney)

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