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Patrick Gilchriest (Gilchreest)

Rank: Private
Street: Great Water Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Main Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Longford
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Listed as Patrick Gilchreest
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards
Regiment Number: 593
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the war
Information: Patrick was born in c.1879 in Co. Cavan. Patrick married Annie Kane (Keane) in St. Mel's in January 1904 and had four children prior to the Great War: Mary Josephine, Andrew Benedict, Patrick Gerard and William Joseph. Gilchriest originally enlisted in the Army in 1900 and was transferred to the Army Reserve in 1903 until 1912; he worked as a plasterer outside of the army. At the outbreak of the war Pte Gilchriest rejoined the colours, but was captured as a prisoner of war on the 6 November 1914 and remained as such for the duration of the war, spending time in the Limburg Camp; he was repatriated in December 1918.
Parents Names: Son of John Gilchriest, Cavan, Co. Cavan
Notes: Patrick Gilchriest was likely born the 1st April 1879 to John Gilchriest and Kate McKeone (McKeon/MacEoin). Pte Gilchriest was one of a number of Longford prisoners at Gefangenen Lager. Their chaplain Rev. Fr. Crotty (titled Irischer Kaplan) wrote the following to Bishop Hoare of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, which was reproduced in the Longford Leader's War Notes on the 2 July 1915 under the subheadings: 'Longford Prisoners of War in Germany - Striking Testimony to the Religious Fervour of Irish Prisoners - The Good Catholic Soldiers'. Patrick had two brothers resident in Newmarket, Dublin.

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