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Patrick Doyle

Rank: Private
Townland: Templemichael
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 4th Battalion
Regiment Number: 6230
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the war
Information: Patrick Doyle was born in Longford and enlisted in November 1915 at Ballinalsoe, Co. Galway. He claimed to be 18 years and 6 months old at enlistment, which was the limit for acceptance in the regular army, as soldiers were not eligible for overseas deployment until they reached the age of 19. Often the guardians of younger recruits were asked to provide proof of age, particularly where the boys in question were small and slight, like Patrick. However, it was deemed that Patrick was in fact younger than his stated age and was discharged in February 1916. Prior to enlistment, he was working as a farm labourer in Longford.
Parents Names: Patrick Doyle, Cork
Notes: Patrick Doyle's number in the 4th Connaught Rangers seems to have been transferred over to a Mr. Thomas Kennie, and that name is recorded in the Medal Rolls Index. It is currently unknown whether he attempted to re-enlist later in the war. - this may possibly be Patrick Doyle on the 1911 Census, as the head of the household is also a Patrick Doyle, and there is a connection to Cork through a step-sister. However, it does suggest that the younger Patrick's birthplace was Dublin.

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