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Thomas Plunkett

Rank: Private
Townland: Aughadegnan
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Aughadegan
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards, Reserve Battalion
Regiment Number: 7119
Date of Death: 17-05-1917
Cause: From wounds received at Gallipoli.
Memorial: Rhyl Town Cemetery, Rhyl, Wales

Thomas was born 9 May 1895 in Longford, one of 10 children of Joseph and Bridget Plunkett: his eldest brother John was a veterinarian surgeon in Longford, Joseph became a priest, resident in New York during the Great War and his brother, James, was a Captain in the Royal Veterinary Corps during the Great War. Tom had won an apprenticeship for Chemistry in Athlone when the war broke out.

Pte Plunkett and enlisted in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and was one of the first Irish soldiers to serve at Gallipoli, where he was wounded; he succumbed to these wounds over a year later. 

Parents Names: Son of Joseph Plunkett and Bridget (née Ward), Aughadegan, Lisbrack, Longford
Notes: Pte. Plunkett was known to Cpl William Hudson of the Connaught Rangers, who was a prisoner of war in Germany: Hudson notes the death of Plunkett in a letter published in the Longford Leader on the 17 August 1918 (link below).

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of birthAnnouncement of death in Longford Leader, 19 May 1917

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