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Joseph Flood (M.M.)

Rank: Private
Street: Dublin Road
Town/Village: Edgeworthstown
Civil Parish: Mostrim
Catholic Parish: Mostrim
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Possible entry at Main Street, Edgeworthstown
Census 1911: Possible entry at Main Street, Edgeworthstown
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 3rd Battalion (possible)
Regiment Number: 10386
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Joseph was born in c.1897. He was likely born in Ballynacarrigy Co. Westmeath, and was the son of Meath-born James Flood, a rural postman in Edgeworthstown, and his Westmeath-born wife Anne. If this is the case, Joseph was considerably younger than 19 when he enlisted in 1915.

Joseph enlisted with the Leinsters on the 19 April 1915. During his service, Joseph received a gunshot wound to his forearm, and as a result was discharged on medical grounds on the 20 February 1919 and was in receipt of a Silver War Badge. He received the Military Medal for his service. 

After WW1, Joseph returned to Edgeworthstown and participated in the setting up of a Comrade Club (ex-serviceman's club), that briefly operated in Edgeworthstown. 

Joseph married Annie Gilmartin of Edgeworthstown on the 6 February 1935.

It is likely that Joseph was the Joseph Flood mentioned in the Edgeworthstown Notes of the 1 May 1915, that listed a number of recruits from the Edgeworthstown area, including a Joseph Flood from Edgeworthstown (link below).

Parents Names: (Possible) Son of James Flood and Anne (née Maher, of Edgeworthstown.

Longford Leader, 1 May 1915, Edgeworthstown Notes; possible Civil Record of Birth at Mullingar; Civil Record of Marriage;

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