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Thomas (a.k.a. James) Crosbie/Crosby

Rank: Private
Street: Bog Lane
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Little Water Street, Longford
Census 1901: Likely 1901 entry, at Bog Lane, under the name Michael Crosbie
Census 1911: Residing at Bog Lane, Longford
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 3869
Date of Death: 23-04-1916
Cause: Drowned at Calais Docks, while on the way home from the front
Memorial: Calais Southern Cemetery, France.

Thomas* was born in Longford town 5 October 1873** and had also served in the Second Boer War. Prior to WW1 Thomas was a chimney sweep. He married Bridget Manning, also of Bog Lane, on the 12 August 1899; by 1911 they had five children together. 

Thomas reenlisted with the Leinster Regiment in January 1915, under the name James Crosby, but sadly drowned in Calais Harbour where he was believed to have been on the way home from the front.

Thomas's son Michael enlisted to serve in the Great War with the Connaught Rangers. Having completed his training, he died as the result of injuries sustained in a fight in September 1916.

Parents Names: (Probable) John Crosbie and Mary (née McCaffrey), Bog Lane, Longford***.
Notes: *His name is given as James in some sources. **Likely birth date ***The Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that he was the son of James and B. Crosbie/Crosby, Little Water Street, Longford

Link to CWGC entryLongford Leader, mention of deaths, Sept 1916; Link to his will; Link to Civil Record of marriage; Link to probable Civil Record of birth

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