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Robert Connolly

Rank: Driver / [Wheeler]
Street: Killashee Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Likely census entry at Ballymahon
Regiment/Unit: Labour Corps; [Royal Army Service Corps]
Regiment Number: 620815; [TS 10661]
Date of Death: 08-04-1936
Cause: Survived WW1; natural causes, Longford
Memorial: Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford, Co. Longford.

Robert was born c.1876 in Co. Longford, the son of Robert Connolly, a coach-builder. He married Maggie Cassidy on the 1 May 1900 in Longford. 

Prior to the war he was a carpenter and cartwright, like his father. This trade that served him in the Great War where he was taken on by the A.S.C. as a special recruit in the rank of Wheeler. This was an old rank in the Artillery, and they were responsible for making wheels; likely in WW1 this meant the wheels for the big artillery guns. Connolly appears to have had most of his service in Woolwich, London.

Dvr Connolly was discharged in March 1919. For his service in the Great War, Connolly earned the Silver War Badge and 1914-15 Star, as well as the Victory Medal and British War Medal*

Robert died 8 April 1936 of natural causes on Killashee Street, Longford

Parents Names: Son of Robert Connolly
Notes: *Robert may have earned the Belgian Croix de Guerre, as the ribbon remains with the family, however research on this is ongoing.

Link to Civil Record of marriage, 1901; Civil Record of death

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