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Joseph Brown

Rank: Sapper
Townland: Mosstown
Town/Village: Kenagh
Civil Parish: Kilcommock
Catholic Parish: Kilcommock
Alternative Address: Maryborough, Co. Laois (Queen's County)
Census 1901: Possible entry at Tea Lane, Maryborough
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal East Kent Regiment (The Buffs), 3rd Battalion and 6th Battalion; [Durham Light Infantry, 1/8th Battalion]; (Connaught Rangers)
Regiment Number: 14670/ [168405]
Date of Death: 13-11-1955
Cause: Survived the WW1 & WW2, natural causes.

Joseph was born John Joseph Brown c. 9 February 1887* in Factory Lane, Maryborough, Co. Laois - then known as Queen's County. Charles was a Private in the Royal Artillery at the time, and was likely stationed in Dublin. 

Joseph married Mary Reilly of Mosstown in Kenagh on the 3 February 1912** - they had one child, Charles born in C.September 1915. Prior to the war, Joseph was a motor mechanic and a chauffeur, possibly at the Mosstown Estate. 

Thomas enlisted as a sapper with the Connaught Rangers in April 1916 before being transferred initially to the 1/8th Durham Light Infantry in April 1918 before joining The Buffs in August of the same year. He was injured by gunshot wounds to the arm and back in October 1918, but recovered. Thomas was demobilised in 1919.

Joseph died of natural causes in Mosstown in 1955.

Parents Names: Son of Charles (Andrew) Brown and Kate (née Despard), Mosstown, Kenagh
Notes: *Year of birth noted as 1884 on demob Class Z certificate. **1913 was given on the attestment sheet. A church record of the marriage survives, but it does not appear on the Civil Register.

Link to Civil Record of Birth; link to Civil Record of Death; mention in Irish Press, 1946;

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