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John Joseph McCormack

Rank: Sergeant
Townland: Grilliagh
Town/Village: Killashee
Civil Parish: Kilashee
Catholic Parish: Killashee
Alternative Address: AnnaghmoreGrillagh Kilashee County Longford
Census 1901: Possible
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: R.D.C. Labour Corps/ [361st Home Service Employ Company]/ {Royal Dublin Fusiliers}
Regiment Number: 83045, / [396156]/ {9239}/
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the war
Information: John was born c.1886 in Kilashee, to James and Anne McCormack. Sgt McCormack first enlisted with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 5 April 1905, serving 9 years with them and 3 years in the Reserve, and during this time had earned as certificate of education in 1908. His first enlistment records notes that he had experience as a trainway conductor in civilian life, and was a qualified signaller, with 5 years experience. During this time he served in Egypt, the Sudan and India; at the outbreak of war McCormack was deployed to France in September 1914, and the Mediterranean front. After this initial period, McCormack reenlisted for the war in November 1915 and served two further deployments to France in 1916-17. In 1915, McCormack was promoted from Private to the rank of Sergeant, in the Home Service Employment Company of the Labour Corps. As a result of his war service, he earned the 1914 Star (Mons Star), as well as the British War Medal and Victory Medals.
Parents Names: Son of James and Anne McCormack, Annaghmore, Killashee, Co. Longford
Notes: The Home Service Employment Company primarily consisted of men who were unable to be sent to the front, but otherwise fit for light duties, including recuperating invalided men, men over 35 and those with other minor disabilities.

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