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George Oates

Rank: Private
Street: The Hill
Townland:
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Country:
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Living with his family at The Hill, Granard.
www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Longford/Granard_Urban/The_Hill/583870/
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 3251
Date of Death: 05-07-1915
Cause: Killed in action, Ypres/Ieper
Memorial: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium
Information:

George Henry Oakes* was born c.1883 in Granard Co. Longford and lived there with his wife Kate Early and family. Prior to the war, George was working as a dealer. Pte Oates enlisted with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in Cavan.

In July 1915, Oates was serving with the 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers on the Ypres Salient, when he was killed in action. A fellow soldier, Pte O'Flynn, wrote to Mrs. Oates describing how George died, a synopsis of which was published in the Irish Independent. This stated that: "O'Flynn said that a shell exploded over six men and buried the whole number. Five were unearthed alive, but the sixth, Mrs. Oates' husband, was found to be dead."

Parents Names:
Notes: *Name registered as George Henery Oats in 1883, but birth year of c.1885 given in 1911 census
Links:

Link to CWGC entry; Link to mention of letter to wife, Irish Independent, 24 July 1915; List of casualties, Irish Independent, 4 August

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