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James Joseph Skeffington

Rank: Sapper; Acting Corporal
Street: 6 Keon's Terrace
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Castlerea, Co. Roscommon; 11 Earl Street, Longford; 2 New Street, Longford; Richmond Street, Longford
Census 1901: Yes
Census 1911: Yes
Regiment/Unit: Royal Engineers
Regiment Number: 15018
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the war
Information: Joseph Skeffington was born on 24 November 1885 in Castlerea. His family moved to Longford where his father worked as stationmaster. After a couple of years in the post office, Joe joined the army in 1905. He was transferred to the reserve two years later. He was sent to France on 15 August 1914 very soon after the outbreak of war. He was badly wounded in 1916 and also suffered shell-shock. He was discharged on 12 March 1917 due to being no longer fit for military service. In 1923, Joseph became active in the Longford Tenants' Association which was campaigning for rights for tenants of Lord Longford. He was also active in the Legion of Irish Ex-Servicemen and was invloved in the erection of the war memorial on the Market Square. In 1925, Joe was elected to Longford Urban District Council. He died soon afterwards of pneumonia.
Parents Names: Son of Michael Skeffington and Anne Silke

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