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Bernard Masterson

Rank: Corporal
Townland: Derragh
Town/Village: Abbeylara
Civil Parish: Abbeylara
Catholic Parish: Abbeylara
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Derragh, Abbeylara
Census 1911: Resident at Derragh, Abbeylara
Regiment/Unit: Irish Army, Western Command, 2nd Western Division; Leinster Regiment (probable)
Regiment Number:
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1
Memorial: Possible: Whitehall, Co. Westmeath

Bernard was born in Derragh, Abbeylara on the 20 April 1896; one of a large family. 

Bernard is served in the British Army during WW1. It is likely that he was with the Leinster Regiment, possibly as Lance-Corporal Masterson who enlisted in May 1915 (discharged in January 1918), No. 10403, Leinster Regiment Depot, as we know from his brother's obituary that Bernard was injured in the arm and discharged in 1918. Alternatively, he may have been Corporal Masterson No. 3997, who entered the war in 13 April 1915. 

Bernard enlisted with the Irish Army after independence, in May 1922. He was posted to Ballinrobe, Co. Westmeath. The full extent of his service is not currently known as his pension record either does not exist or has not been published. He appears to have married Elizabeth Hanly in Gortlettragh, Co. Leitrim in September 1925: he gave his profession as farmer here, so it is probable that he had ceased army service. 

Bernard's brother, John, served with the U.S. Army in WW1, but was killed in action in August 1918.

Parents Names: Son of Peter Masterson and Bridget (née Reilly) of Derragh, Abbeylara.

Link to Civil Record of Birth; Irish Army Census, 1922; link to Civil Record of Marriage

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