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Richard Reilly

Rank: Private
Townland: Rathbracken
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Rathbracken
Census 1911: Resident at Rathbracken
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Battalion; Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 4th Battalion
Regiment Number: 6251
Date of Death: 29-11-1918
Cause: Died of Wounds, at the 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell.
Memorial: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey

Richard was born in Rathbraken on or around the 7 March 1899.

Richard initially enlisted with the 4th Royal Dublin Fusiliers at Mullingar on the 16 December 1916; he claimed to be 19 (the minimum age for overseas service), but was in fact just 17. Richard was an exceptionally tall young man, for the time, standing just shy of 6' 1", likely giving him an older appearance.

Richard transferred to the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment in June 1917. He appears to have served at 'Home' (Britain and Ireland) until at least the end of March 1918. On the 28 October 1918, Richard was admitted to the 1st London General Hospital in Camberwell, south London,  suffering from a gun shot wound to the head and a fractured skull. Sadly, he died from his injuries on the 29 November. 

Parents Names: Son of Owen Reilly and Maria (née Corcoran) of Rathbracken, Granard

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of Birth (ensure web address ends in .pdf)

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