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Thomas Devine

Rank: Private
Street: Geraldine Terrace
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Chapel Lane; Harbour Row, Longford
Census 1901: Resident at Chapel Lane
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers; {Royal Air Force}; [Connaught Rangers]
Regiment Number: 10370; {32468}; [7144183]
Date of Death: 30-11-1964
Cause: Survived WW1
Memorial: Ballymacormack Cemetery

Thomas was born in Longford, on or around 22 February 1894. He enlisted in the Connaught Rangers on 2 January 1912 and served with distinction until 15 July 1915. Thomas was discharged from the army due to injuries and gas inhalation, which left him with a speech impediment for the rest of his life.

However, in October 1918 he joined the Royal Air Force at Middlesbrough and in November 1919 he re-enlisted in the Connaught Rangers. Soon Thomas was posted to India and on 28 June 1920 he took part in the mutiny which started at Wellington Barracks, Jullundur, Punjab. This was a protest against the conduct of Crown forces in Ireland (during the War of Independence). Due to this he forfeited his medals.

He returned to Longford and lived at Harbour Row. He died in Longford in 1964 and is buried in Ballymacormack Cemetery.

Parents Names: Son of Thomas Devine and Anne (née McNally) of Longford

Link to Civil Record of Birth (ensure web address ends in .pdf); link to Civil Record of Death

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