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Francis Stritch

Rank: Lance Corporal
Street: [Mail] Coach Yard
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Cloonrallagh, Longford;
Census 1901: Resident at Coach Yard, Longford
Census 1911: (probable) Resident at Clonrollagh
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Rifles, 5th Battalion
Regiment Number: 5/8170
Date of Death: 14-11-1918
Cause: Drowning at Ballykenny, Newtownforbes.
Memorial: Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford

Francis (Frank) was born 9 January 1891 in Longford. Prior to the war Frank was working as a general servant. 

He enlisted for war service in Longford and was with the 5th Royal Irish Rifles. He was awarded the Silver War Badge, and so was possibly in Co. Longford as a result of illness or injury, and appears to have been discharged by the time of his death.

Frank died by drowning, presumably in the River Camlin, near Newtownforbes in November*1918, although the circumstances of his death are unclear.

Parents Names: Son of John Stritch and Mary Anne (née Boyton) of Coach Yard, Longford.
Notes: *The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists the date of death as the 14 December - as the death was not registered until February 1919, this is likely an error in reportage.

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