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Andrew Coffey

Rank: Corporal
Street: 15 St Mel's Road
Townland: Templemichael
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Regiment, 8th Battalion; [Connaught Rangers, 5th Battalion]
Regiment Number: 2430; [769]
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Andrew was born 30 April 1871* on Chapel Lane, Longford, and was a trained shoemaker, like his father Patrick. He married Catherine (Kate) Ryan in May 1911 and they had four children: Patrick, Andrew, Margaret Mary and Mary Catherine.

Kate was the sister of Pte Henry Ryan of the Royal Engineers who also enlisted for service. Pte Coffey was previously with the Rifle Brigade militia and likely served in South Africa during the Boer Wars. He re-enlisted with the Connaught Rangers for war service August 1914 before being transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment. During the Great War, he served serving in Salonika and France, at the end of the war, as well as in Ireland. Coffey was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals.

Parents Names: Son of Patrick Coffey and Mary (née Healy), of Longford
Notes: Sgt Coffey contracted malaria while serving in Salonika. During his time in the Great War, he attained the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant, but was returned to the ranks. *Gave his birth date as 1874 on his pensions record, but 1871 elsewhere.

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