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James Moxham

Rank: Company Sergeant-Major
Townland: Ardagh
Town/Village: Ardagh
Civil Parish: Ardagh
Catholic Parish: Ardagh
Alternative Address: Kildevan, Streete; Edgeworthstown; Tennalick, Colehill
Census 1901: Resident at Tenelick.
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 7417
Date of Death: 03-10-1916
Cause: Died of wounds, Salonika
Memorial: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece

James was born 8 April 1881 in Kildevan in the parish of Streete, Co. Westmeath.

Prior to war James was working for the post office in Edgeworthstown. Sgt-Mjr Moxham enlisted in Longford. He died of wounds aged 34 years.

In announcing his death, the Longford Leader of the 21 October 1916 states:

"Death of Sergt.-Mjr Moxham.: The news of the death of Sergeant-Major Moxham, of the 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, was received by his colleagues and staff at the Edgeworthstown Post Office with deep regret. During his service he had won the respect of his superiors and fellow-postmen by his integrity and loyal comradeship. His untimely death ends a career of bright promise. To his mother and relatives, the staff of the office tender their sincere condolence."

From a blog post, Moxhams of Kilglass & Ardagh. Reproduced from a genealogial website dedicated to the Moxham family by kind permission of Neil Moxham:

"Through birth records, we can discover that James Moxham was born 8th April 1881 at Kildevan, County Westmeath. His parents were James Moxham and Margaret Trapp. His eldest sibling was Mary or Maria, born 7th April 1877 at Oldtown, near Ardagh. Next was Sarah Elizabeth, born 8th July 1879 at Kildevan. Mary and Sarah, with an address at Breany, Ardagh, enrolled at Carrickboy National School for three months in 1884 and Mary, living at Coolamber on the Longford/Westmeath border, later attended Coolamber School and Street National School (1887-1888). Younger sister Jane was born 19th February 1884 at Breany and brother William (Willie) followed 31st January 1888 at Coolamber. Mary Moxham died from typhoid at Coolamber just days after her 14th birthday in 1891.


Parents Names: Son of James Moxham and Margaret (née Trapp), of Tenelick.
Notes: The register of soliders effects records his death as France, but it is more likely he died at Salonica, given that he is buried in Greece.

Link to CWGC entryNotice of death, Longford Leader; possible Civil Record of birth; Moxhams of Kilglass & Ardagh

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