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Charles Stewart Sullivan

Rank: Infantryman / Private
Town/Village: Kenagh
Civil Parish: Kilcommock
Catholic Parish: Kilcommock
Alternative Address: Laurel Lodge, Terlicken;
Census 1901: Resident at 135 High St, Stourbridge, Worcestershire.
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 7th and 2nd Battalions/ [South Irish Horse]
Regiment Number: 6077/ [number unknown]
Date of Death: 02-05-1940
Cause: Natural Causes
Memorial: Killashee

Charles was born 1882 in Stamford, Lincolnshire; his grandparents were from Kilkenny. By 1901 he was living in Stourbridge working as a hatter's assistant with the family of John Alexander Anderson, a hatter and hosier. 

He married Helena (Ellen) King from Kenagh, in December 1911 at Hastings. Helena was a sister of Gus King and Monica King, who participated in the Great War. At the time Charles was working as a beer bottler, and Helena was a nurse. Prior to WW1 Charles had been living in Leeds, and ran a brewery there. 

Pte Sullivan initially joined (conscripted) the South Irish Horse Regiment c.1917, before being transferred to the Leinster Regiment to supplement the numbers of infantry soldiers required.

Whilst at war, Charles's wife Ellen sold the business and returned to Kenagh. Following the war he joined his wife in Kenagh and lived at times in Kenagh and in Laurel Lodge, Terlicken. The couple had six children, of whom the two youngest were born here in Co. Longford. At one time Charles was a farmer but in the years leading up to his death he ran a sweet shop in Ballymahon.

Charles died in 1940 of lung and heart complications, which many in the family believed may have caused by being gassed in WW1. 

Parents Names: Son of John Owen Sullivan and Mary Lucy (née Tracy)
Notes: Many thanks to Elise Gerety for submitting this record, and her additional information on the King family, including photographs.

Link to Civil Record of death; notice of death, Longford Leader, May 1940

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