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William a.k.a. Joseph William Hyland

Street: 4 Wards Terrace
Townland: Townparks
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Residing at Fee's Terrace
Census 1911: Residing at Ward's Terrace
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 3rd Battalion
Regiment Number: Unknown
Date of Death: 07-06-1942

William (Willie) Hyland was born Joseph William Hyland in New Row, Mullingar 16 June 1867. His father, William, was a shoemaker. He was married to Marcella (née Donnelly), local district health nurse, and they had four children by 1911.

Hyland was a printer and compositor by trade. According to his obituary he was a staff member of the Longford Leader since its beginning, both as a compositor and journalist, as well as being a personal friend of its founder J.P.Farrell. He was special correspondent for the Daily Mail, Daily Express and the Irish Times.

Hyland volunteered in 1914 for the Great War, despite his age, and saw active service in France. He was an ardent supporter of the Longford branch of the British Legion and was particularly active in getting the war memorial erected in the Market Square. His son, Thomas James, also served in the Great War as an ambulance driver.

Mr. Hyland passed away in Longford in June 1942.

Parents Names: Son of William Hyland and Lucy (née Walker),

Link to Civil Record of birth; Link to Civil Record of death; Longford Leader, 20 November 1915, Recruiting in Longford

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