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Arthur James Louis O'Beirne

Rank: Lieutenant
Street: Agherea House
Townland: Augherea
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Astrop Grange, King's Sutton, Banbury, Northamptonshire
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Flying Corps, 57th Squadron / [Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars]/ {East African Mounted Rifles}
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 28-07-1917
Cause: Died of wounds, received in an aerial battle, Houthulst Forest, Belgium.
Memorial: Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Arthur, was the elder son of Major Arthur O'Beirne, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was a brother of 2nd Lt. John Ingram Mullaniffe O'Beirne who was killed on 3 April 1917. Further details of Arthur's service may be found in his entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

Lieut. The Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars, elder s. of Major Arthur Mullaniffe O'Beirne, of Astrop Grange near Banbury and Augherea. co. Longford, Royal Warwickshire Regt., Recruiting Officer at Budbrooke Barracks, Warwick, by his wife Gertrude, dau. of James C. Harter; and brother to Lieut. John Ingram Mullaniffe O'Beirne (q.v.); b. Warwick, 31 October 1887; educ. Summerfields School, Oxford; Radley College and Exeter College, Oxford; went to British East Africa in May, 1914 and settled in Lord Cranborne's estate, near Nairobi; enlisted in the East African Mounted Rifles in Aug. 1914; served there for nine months until invalided home. On his recovery in July, 1915 he obtained a commission with the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars; was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in Nov. 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 18 July, 1917, as a pilot; was wounded in an aerial battle over Houthulst Forest on the 27th, but died the next day. Buried at Coxyde. A brother officer wrote: "All out here who knew him have ever kept enshrined in a warm corner of their hearts the memory of a personality they could not help but love. He made me proud of being English, he was such a type of a clean, fine Englishman. I can only say it was a privilege to have known him, and to know him was to love him, so straight, and, in fact, 'a very gallant gentleman' and a comrade in British East Africa: "Your son was only a short time out with me, but during that period I got to know him very well. Then we went down to the German frontier for some months, ending up in returning to England together with my partner, and very great friend, Alan&a

Parents Names: Son of Major Arthur Mullanniffe O'Beirne and Gertrude (née Harter) of Astrop Grange and Augherea, Co. Longford.

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