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John Ingram Mullanniffe O'Beirne

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Street: Agherea House
Townland: Augherea
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Astrop Grange, King's Sutton, Banbury, Northamptonshire, U.K (or Oxfordshire)
Census 1901: Resident at Lower Astrop, Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire, U.K.
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Flying Corps, 25th Squadron / [Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion] & {3rd (Reserve) Battalion}
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 03-04-1917
Cause: Killed in action, at Vimy Ridge
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France

John, born in Milverton, Warwickshire, and was christened John Tugrain Ingram Mullaniffe O'Beirne in Monks-Kirby in May 1893. He was the younger son of Major Arthur O'Beirne of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who owned land at Augharea. Further detail on his service may be found in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

Lieut., 3rd (Reserve) Battn. The Royal Warwickshire Regt., yr. s. of Major Arthur Mullanniffe O'Beirne, Royal Warwickshire Regt., of Astrop Grange, near Banbury; and Augharea, co. Longford, Recruiting Officer at Budbrooke Barracks, Warwick, by his wife Gertrude, dau. of James C. Harter; and brother to Lieut. A.J.L O'Beirne (q.v.); b. Leamington, co. Warwick 24 April 1893; educ. Summerfields, Oxford; Radley College and the School of Mining, Camborne, co. Cornwall; obtained a commission in the Reserve Battn. of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 25 Aug. 1914; underwent training at Lyndhurst; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, being attached to the 2nd Battn.; took part in the First Battle of Ypres; was invalided home in Nov., suffering from poisoning, contracted through drinking polluted water; on his recovery entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; was again gazzetted to the Royal Warwickshire Regt. 19 Oct. 1915; transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in Feb. 1916; returned to France in May 1916 as an Observer; was sent to England on sick leave in Aug. 1916, but returned to France in Dec., and was killed 3 April 1917 while with the 25th Squadron on a photographic expedition over Vimy Ridge. A brother officer wrote: "As an observer he was in my opinion second to none, and I would have gone anywhere with him. He was the finest fellow I have ever known, and I wish we had more like him. He was always one of the most cheerful in the squadron, and we all feel his loss fearfully. I don't think there was anyone more popular than he was."

John's plane was shot down by Baron Manfred von Richtofen.

Parents Names: Son of Major Arthur O'Beirne and Gertrude O'Beirne of Astrop Grange, Warwickshire and Augherea, Co. Longford.
Notes: John does not appear to have ever lived in Longford.

Link to CWGC entry; - link to list of von Richtofen's missions.


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