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John Seery

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Dundee, Forfarshire
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: Scotland
Alternative Address: Chapel Lane, Longford; later - 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

John was most likley born in Chapel Lane, Longford on 13 May 1874, son of Francis Seery, a labourer, and his wife Margaret Roche. He 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: - probable birth record. 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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