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Thomas Newcomen Corry Burnett

Rank: Lance-Corporal
Townland: Abbeyderg
Town/Village: Kenagh
Civil Parish: Taghshinod
Catholic Parish: Carrickedmond
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident in Abbeyderg
Census 1911: Resident in Ballinasloe
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Rifles, 8th Battalion
Regiment Number: 3/9065
Date of Death: 07-06-1917
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of Messines, Belgium
Memorial: Lone Tree Cemetery (Spanbroekmolen), Ieper/Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Thomas Newcomen Corry Burnett*, was born in Abbeyderg on the 24 August 1896, and was the youngest son of Samuel and Catherine Burnett. Prior to the war, he was working in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway as a shop assistant. 

Lce Cpl Burnett enlisted at the age of 19 in November 1915 in Ballinasloe Co. Galway, when he was eligible to serve overseas. He was killed in action on 7 June 1917, one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side. His mother was listed as his next-of-kin. He was remembered in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

Burnett, Thomas Newcomen Corry; L-Corpl., the Royal Irish Rifles, yst. s. of Samuel Burnett, Renagh [sic], co. Longford, Farmer, by his wife, Catherine Louisa, dau. of Joseph Corry; b. Abbeyderg, Kenagh, 24 Aug. 1896; educ. Kenagh National School; as a Shop Assistant; enlisted 15 Nov. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France from 20 July, 1916, and was killed in action at Messines Ridge 7 June 1917. Buried in a Military Cemetery there. His colonel wrote: "I know I have lost one of the best, and it may be some small comfort to his mother to know how proud we are of him." and the Chaplain: "He was highly esteemed as a brave and efficient soldier." 

Thomas is commemorated in a Great War memorial erected by the people of Kenagh in July 2016 to those from the area who died in WW1; he was also commemorated in a memorial to those from the Carrickedmond parish and area who died in WW1, erected by the community there in June 2017 and is located in the village of Tashinny.


Thomas's sisters, Lillie and Pearl served as Red Cross nurses during WW1. 

Parents Names: Son of Samuel Burnett and Catherine Louisa (née Corry*) of Abbeyderg, Kenagh, Co. Longford.
Notes: Thomas's sister, Alice, was a nurse in Belfast and is listed as the contact relating to his Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) memorial. *Civil records give his mother's surname as Curry, in his and his sibling's registration of birth.

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of birth;  Link to his will; Remembering the Fallen entry

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