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Michael Sheehan

Rank: Private
Street: 6 Richmond Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: 29 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin
Census 1901: Resident at Chapel Lane
Census 1911: Resident at Sandy Row, Longford
Regiment/Unit: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion
Regiment Number: 4/23314
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Michael was born in Longford in 13 September 1897*, the son of Daniel Sheehan, a blacksmith.

Prior to war, Michael worked as a telegraph messenger and a grocer's assistant.

Pte Sheehan enlisted at Sutton, Co. Dublin, in May 1915, giving an age of 18 years and two months. It is possible that Sheehan fought with the RDF against the rebels during the Easter Rising 1916, as the 4th Btn. were stationed on the north of the city, and engaged with the rebels along the railway between Broadstone and Cabra.  

He served overseas in France in 1917. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medal, as a result of his service. He was also granted the Silver War Badge as he was invalided home suffering from bronchitis/ Tuberculosis of lungs; he was a patient at Grimsby, England, and of Peamount Sanatorium (Hospital), Hazelhatch, Co. Dublin. He was later discharged due to his disability. 

It appears that Michael married Sarah Hollywood, the daughter of an RIC constable from Capel Street, Dublin, on the 15 February 1919.

Parents Names: Son of Daniel Sheehan and Margaret (née Murphy), Richmond Street, Longford
Notes: Michael may have been the brother of three other soldiers of the Great War, from Richmond Street: John, Charles and Daniel, also served in the Great War. *Michael's Army record has included elements of the file of another former RDF soldier,No. 445 Pte Michael Meehan, Davis Street, Dungarvan, who had served in the Boer War.

link to Civil Record of birth; link to possible Civil Record of marriage

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