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Michael Crosbie/Crosby

Rank: Private
Street: Bog Lane
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Possible - at Bog Lane
Census 1911: Residing at Bog Lane.
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 4th Battalion
Regiment Number: 5779
Date of Death: 13-09-1916
Cause: Injuries after a fight, Cork
Memorial: Cork Military Cemetery Park, Ardpatrick, Cork City, Ireland

Michael was born in Longford c.1897*, the son of Thomas Crosbie and Bridget Manning. Thomas had been on active service and was drowned off the coast of Calais, France on 23 April 1916.

Pte Crosby enlisted in the Connaught Rangers in Boyle and trained in Cork. He was home on leave prior to being sent to the front when he was involved in a fight during which he sustained very serious injuries to the head and face. On his return to Cork, he was admitted to hospital where he died. His death and the circumstances of it were reported in the Longford Leader of 16 September 1916, under the title A Soldier's Death (he is erroneously called Thomas Crosbie in this).

Parents Names: Thomas Crosbie and Bridget (née Manning), Bog Lane, Longford
Notes: *His death record states he was 19, in line with the official requirements to enlist with the British Army in 1916. However, it appears that he was in fact born 26 June 1900, making him merely 16 when he died. Despite a 1901 census suggesting he was a boy of nine years (which may have been an error), the 1911 form gives Michael as aged eleven.

Link to CWGC entry; Link to (probable) Civil Record of birth; Link to Civil Record of death; Link to article, Longford Leader;

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