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Patrick Howard

Rank: Private
Street: 33 Chapel Lane
Town/Village: Longford County Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Convent Lane, Longford
Census 1911: Resident at Chapel Lane
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 5th Battalion "B" Company/ [Royal Munster Fusiliers]
Regiment Number: 4785/ [7575]
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Patrick was born the 17 March 1895*. His father, Michael, was a house painter. Prior to enlistment Patrick was working as an assistant carpenter. 

He entered the war on the 7th of September 1915.  During the War he served at France, Gallipoli, Salonica, East Africa, Egypt, Serbia and was at the capture of Riga in Latvia. He was the subject of at least two articles in the Longford Leader were published on him in 1916, the first on 25 March and the other in December.

Patrick's brother, John J. Howard, appears to have been one of the Longford volunteers in Eoin O'Duffy's Irish Brigade, which fought on the side of the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. 

Parents Names: Son of Michael Howard and Ellen (née Roddy), Longford
Notes: Patrick shared a name with an elder brother of his, who was born on the 16 March 1893, but passed away in 1894.

Longford Leader, A Longford Hero, 9 Dec 1916; link to Civil Record of birth, 1895; Longford Leader, Correspondence, March 1916

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