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John Sheehan

Rank: Private
Street: Richmond Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Chapel Lane, Longford
Census 1901: Resident at Chapel Lane
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 8057
Date of Death:
Information: John was born 20 July 1885 in Co. Waterford, although he was raised in Longford, with the majority of his younger siblings all born here. Sheehan was captured as a prisoner of war (POW) on the 21 October 1914 and served time at Lille, Limburg and Giessen (see link below). His POW records list Mrs. Mary Sheehan, Richmond Street, Longford as his next-of-kin. Some of John's younger brothers, including Daniel and Charles, also served in the Great War.
Parents Names: Son of Daniel and Margaret Sheehan, Richmond Street, Longford
Notes: Pte Sheehan was one of a number of Longford prisoners at Gefangenen Lager: Their chaplain Rev. Fr. Crotty (titled Irischer Kaplan) wrote 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'.

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