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John Shaughnessy

Rank: Private
Townland: Lettergonnell
Town/Village: Ballinalee
Civil Parish: Killoe
Catholic Parish: Killoe
Alternative Address: Corneddan, Killoe, Co. Longford;
Census 1901: Stationed Milton Barracks, Gravesend, Kent, England, as a Private, Royal Scots Guards
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Scots Guards, 2nd Batallion, "F" Company
Regiment Number: 9337
Date of Death: 06-03-1933
Cause: Survived WW1, died of natural causes, Longford
Memorial: Kilmahon cemetery, County Longford

John was born on 11th June 1876 at Corneddan, County Longford. In 1908 he married Constance Eva (Annie) Mills, and they had ten children together.

Pte Shaughnessy had a long career in the British Army, and was recorded in the U.K. Census of 1901, as being stationed at Shorncliffe Camp, Cheriton, Kent, England. He served in Allahabad, India from 1909, and his eldest child William Charles was born there.

In 1914 John's regiment returned to England and he was deployed to the Western Front on the opening days of the Great War. He was taken as a prisoner of war on the 27 August 1914 at the Battle of Mons, and was interned in Soltau, Germany, erroneously under the name James*. After the war, John returned to Longford, running his grandparents', John and Bridget Gorman, farm at Lettergonnell.

John Shaughnessy passed away on 6 March 1933 due to tubercular disease of the spine.

Parents Names: Son of James Shaughnessy and Bridget (née Gorman), Corneddan, Killoe, Co. Longford
Notes: Our thanks to Elizabeth Harrison for providing the 1901 Census information.

Link to Civil Record of birth; Link to Red Cross POW file; link to Civil Record of death

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