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Gerald Flynn / O'Flynn

Rank: Captain
Town/Village: Newtownforbes
Civil Parish: Lisbrack
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Possibly resident in Ballymahon
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Regiment, 1st Battalion; [London Regiment, 28th Battalion (Artists' Rifles)];
Regiment Number: [1280]
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Gerald was likely born 20 January 1883 in Newtownforbes.

Gerald enlisted with the Artists Rifles under the name O'Flynn, in 1914; he entered the war that October and was awarded the 1914 Star. Despite enlisting has a Private, Gerald was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in February 1915 and posted to the 1st RIR on the 13th of that month; he was then made (temporary) Captain in April 1916 whichwas announced in the Irish Independent of the 11 May 1916*. Gerald served at Salonika among other theatres.

Parents Names: Son of John Flynn, Newtownforbes and probably Kate (née Donohoe)
Notes: *Interestingly, his photograph appears on the same page as a number of the leaders of the Easter Rising: Con Colbert, Edward Daly and Eamonn Ceannt, as well as photographs of Countess Markievicz and Major John MacBride after their courts martial. 

Longford Leader, 1 May 1915, Promoted For Valour (image); Longford Leader, May 1916, A Newtown Man Promoted; Irish Independent, 11 May 1916, Captain Gerald Flynn (text); Irish Independent, 11 May 1916, Captain Gerald Flynn (photo); likely announcement of (temporary) Captain rank in London Gazette February 191

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