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James (a.k.a. Michael) Mulvey

Rank: Private
Townland: Granardkill
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Alternative Address: Coole, Co. Westmeath
Census 1901: Family was resident at Granardkill, James was not yet born.
Census 1911: Resident at Granardkill
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Regiment, 4th Battalion; [Leinster Regiment, 3rd Battalion]
Regiment Number: 35022 {also 32011}; [6442]
Date of Death: 02-02-1919
Cause: Influenza - pneumonia, Fargo Military Hospital, Durrington Larkhill, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Memorial: Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire

James Mulvey was born 26 February 1902 at Ballybrien, near Granard and baptised in March 1902; he was the middle child of a large family of at least nine children.

James enlisted in Mullingar in September 1918 with the Leinster Regiment, giving his age as 18 years and 4 months. James was only 16 when he enlisted, and it appears that he took the name of his brother, Michael - who was four years older - to allow himself to be enlisted*. James then transferred to the 4th Royal Irish Regiment on the 11th of October or November 1918. He had completed only four months home service at the time of his death. 

At the time of enlistment James was living with his sister Mrs Kathleen Moynihan in Coole, Co. Westmeath.  He died in 1919, possibly a victim of the Spanish 'Flu (H1N1) epidemic at Fargo Military Hosptial, Salisbury.

Parents Names: Son of Michael Mulvey and Lizzie (or Eliza/Elizabeth) (née Boylan), Ballygilchriest, Granard, Co. Longford
Notes: *It is Michael's name that is attached to almost all of the historic documentation, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemoration (link below). It was clarified after his death, and some of the later documents include the name James and his true age of 16.

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of Birth (if the link does not work, please add .pdf to the end of the web address); link to Find A Grave entry;

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