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Patrick Stafford

Rank: Private
Townland: Abbeycartron
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Garvey's Yard, Main Street; Chapel Lane, Longford; Crosskeys, Longford;
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Resident at Abbeycartron, Longford
Regiment/Unit: Labour Corps; [Royal Irish Regiment]
Regiment Number: 487588; [6243]; (3500)
Date of Death: 13-09-1918
Cause: Illness, County Infirmary, Longford
Memorial: Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford

Patrick was likely born 24 July 1878 in Garvey's Yard, off Main Street, Longford. He married Jane Kelly on the 6 May 1909. Their daughter Mary was born in September 1910. 

Patrick had a long military career. He intinitially jointh the 6th Rifle Militia in Longford, before joining the Royal Irish Regiment on the 1 January 1898. He served in India from October 1899 to 1903 before being transferred to Africa until the end of 1905. He returned and served at home (Ireland or Britain) until he was discharged in 1910.

Patrick completed his first term of service in 1910, transferring to the Army Reserve, prior to marrying Jane. In 1911 he was working as an assistant fitter with the railway. He reenlisted for war service in Longford, initially with the Royal Irish Regiment, before transferring to the Labour Corps. 

He died of illness in the County Infirmary, Longford. 

Parents Names: Son of Patrick Stafford** and Susan (née Hare) of Main Street, Longford
Notes: There were two Patrick Staffords born to two Patrick Staffords in Longford town within a few months of each other. The mother of one was Susan and the other was Anne. Based on the fact that Patrick's daughter, Mary was born in 1910 and the family appear in the 1911 census, it is likely that this Patrick's mother was Susan.

Link to CWGC entryLink to Civil Record of deathCivil Record of Marriage; likely Civil Record of Birth

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