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John Seery

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Off Market Square, Longford; (Possible) 3 Glebe Street, Leven, Scotland
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: S/6107
Date of Death: 25-01-1915
Cause: Killed in action. La Bassée, France
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais, France

Much of the life of John Seery is unknown, although based on records available in Scotland, it is possible that the was born c.1876 in Ireland, and worked in Scotland as a coal miner prior to the outbreak of the Great War. The Longford Leader, on noting his death in their 1 May 1915 edition, stated that he was born and raised in a yard off Market Square.

 In June 1910, this man married Maria McKenna from Edinburgh (daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth McKenna)*.  

Pte Seery enlisted in Dundee, around November 1914, but went to the front in 1915, for which he earned the 1914-15 Star. Interstingly, the authorised next-of-kin on John's Register of Soldiers' Effects was his mother-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth McKenna. Also noted are Mrs. Ann Scott and Mrs. Catherine O'Connor. 

Parents Names: Likely the son of Francis and Margaret Seery (both deceased)
Notes: He is listed as John Seery in Ireland's Memorial Records 1914 - 1918. It notes that he was born in 'Westmeath, Queen's County' - now Co. Laois. * The 1911 Scottish Census entry for this gentleman suggests Belfast as a birth place however.

Link to CWGC entry; Longford Leader, 1 May 1915

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