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James Creegan

Rank: Private
Townland: Dublin Street
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Possible entry at Ball Alley, Granard
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Labour Corps - possible; (Leinster Regiment)
Regiment Number: Likely - 388548; (10443)
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

James was from Granard, and enlisted with the Leinster Regiment. It is probable that he later transferred to the Labour Corps (388458).

Whilst recovering from wounds, James was sent to recuperate in the Victoria Hospital in Cork. He wrote a letter to his brother which was published in the Longford Leader of the 14 October, 1916.

The Fortunes of War 

Private James Creegan (late of Dublin Street, Granard), of the Leinster Regiment, who was in Cork hospital, writes to his brother from the Victoria Hospital there: - " I am back here a few days from hospital. I will be going out again to Salonica with the next draft. I was ten weeks in hospital with a wound in the left side from shrapnel. After the retreat from Serbia we were sent to Egypt to the relief of General Townsend. There were a lot killed and wounded there. It was a terrible place. We were three days going up the Nile from Cairo. I got hit at Port Said and was sent straight to England. I got into a row with some English fellow in hospital over the Sinn Fein row. He was a Corporal. I was nine days in jail, but I was released and sent back to hospital. I do not know what day this draft is going, but you can write and let me know were any of the boys home lately or were any of them wounded. I was talking to Peter Earley in the retreat from Serbia. He is a great chap. Peter Collumb was in the hospital at the time. 


Parents Names:
Notes: James was likely born in Granard on the 14 May 1885 to Patrick Creegan, a baker, and his wife Mary (née White). Thomas enlisted in March 1915 and served until June 1919; he was discharged on disability, having contracted malaria and other illnesses during service and had a Silver War Badge. After the war, James lived on Dublin Street, Granard.

Link to possible Civil Record of Birth

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