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Francis Courtney

Rank: Private
Street: 302 East 31st Street
Town/Village: New York, New York.
Civil Parish: Killoe
Catholic Parish: Drumlish
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Drumlish, County Longford
Census 1901: Listed as Courtenay.
Census 1911: Living at Drumlish, in the Kiernan household as a shop-man in their grocery.
Regiment/Unit: 165th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Division, U.S.Army; National Guard
Regiment Number: 90908
Date of Death: 28-07-1918
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France.

Francis was born in Drumlish on the 26 September 1895, and worked as a shop-boy for Kiernan's in Drumlish prior to emigrating to New York in 1913; he joined his brothers, Michael and James and sister Mary who were also living in the US. Pte Courtney enlisted with the National Guard in 1917, listing his sister Mary as his next-of-kin.

Courtney was deployed on the 29 October 1917 to the Western Front, serving at Luneville, Baccarat and Chateau Thierry as part of the Chateau-Marne campaign in France prior to his death; Francis was one of 218 US soldiers to die on the same day.

Parents Names: Son of Patrick Courtney and Catherine (née Mallon), Drumlish, Co. Longford
Notes: James emigrated in 1913 on the ship "Cedric"; there were a number of other people from Longford on the ship, including a Mary Petit also from Drumlish.

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