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James Plunkett

Rank: Captain
Townland: Aughadegnan
Town/Village: Lisbrack
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Aughadegan
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Army Veterinary Corps
Regiment Number: N/A
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Captain James Joseph Plunkett was born 27 April 1893 in Longford. 

At the outbreak of the war, James was a Lieutanant in the RAVC Special Reserve. He was wounded in France in September 1915 and returned to Longford to recuperate. In 1916 James was promoted to rank of Captain. James also served in India and Afghanistan.

James's brother Pte Thomas Plunkett of the Irish Guards died of wounds received at Gallipoli. James's brother, John, was also a veterinary surgeon in Longford. 

Parents Names: Son of Joseph Plunkett and Bridget (née Ward), Aughadegan, Lisbrack, Longford
Notes: Possible information: After the Great War James remained with the RAVC; he was elevated to the rank of Major in 1932. He went on to serve in WW2, and was made a Lieutenant Colonel by 1943. During WW2 he served in the Italian theatre of war, for which James was awarded an Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in September 1945. 

Longford Leader, New Commission for Young Irish Man; Longford Leader, Death of a Young Hero; London Gazette, Sept 1945 (OBE); link to Civil Record of birth

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