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Edmund Patrick Coen

Rank: Wireless operator
Street: 1 Ballinteer Road
Town/Village: Terenure, Dublin
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Cloonagh, Dring; Waterford
Census 1901: Resident at Cloonagh
Census 1911: Resident in Waterford
Regiment/Unit: Merchantile Marine, S.S. Palmella (Liverpool)
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 22-08-1918
Cause: Drowned as a result of a submarine attack on the S.S. Palmella
Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, City of London

Edmund (Edmond) was born at Cloonagh, Dring (Mullinalaghta half parish), on the 19 January 1890. By 1911 he was at school in Waterford in 1911; the family had moved to Ballinteer Road by 1918.

During the Great War, Edmund worked as a Marconi (radio) operator with the Merchantile Marines, on a number of ships including the SS. Amazon and the SS Palmella

Edmund was serving on the Palmella on a voyage from London to Lisbon when it was torpedoed by German U-Boat UB-92 near the South Stack off Holyhead, Wales. He was one of 28 crewmen who lost their lives in the attack. Sadly Edmund's body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.

Parents Names: Son of James and Elizabeth Coen (nee Tierney). Elizabeth was from 1 Ballinteer Road, Dundrum, Co. Dublin.
Notes: His parents were national school teachers from Co. Galway and Dublin.

Link to CWGC entry; Merseyside Roll of Honour, S.S. Palmella; link to Civil Record of Birth

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