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William Monahan (D.C.M.)

Rank: Private
Townland: Ardnacassagh
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 8514
Date of Death:

William Monaghan was the son of Patrick Monahan (Monaghan), a Permanent Way Inspector for the Midlands Great Western Railway (MGWR). He was likely born in Co. Dublin like the majority of his siblings, and his family moved to Co. Longford sometime after 1905. 

Pte Monahan fought in the Battle of Mons and was injured, there. In December 1915 he was sent to Mesopotamia (Iraq) and it was for services rendered there that in June 1916 that he won the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), for "conspicuous gallantry when rescuing a man from in front of the trenches. Private Cruthchlow crawled out pushing a stretcher, on which he placed the man, and later with Private Monahan, he rushed out again under heavy fire and brought him in".

Parents Names: Son of Patrick Monaghan/Monaghan, formerly Ardnacassagh, Longford
Notes: The attached image was published in the Longford Leader (link below). Another article in August 1916 stated that his father was to be transferred to Westport, and that he was an important figure in the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Longford.

Link to Longford Leader article on DCM, 1 July 1916

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