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Joseph Farrell

Street: Dublin Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Aghaboy, Co. Longford; Laffansbridge, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary
Census 1901: N/A - was in South Africa.
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Garrison Battalion; [Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 6th Battalion]; {RDF, 1st Btn "E" company}; 6th Rifle Brigade
Regiment Number: G/884; [ 29067 previously 12042] {3209};
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Joseph was born c.1870 - 73, in Co. Longford, although there is some confusion as to where: his 1914 attestation states his birthplace as Longford town, although from his first atttestation it appears likely he was actually from Aughaboy. He was a distinctive-looking man, with a vertical scar on his cheek.

Joseph was a long-time member of the armed forces, first serving with the 6th Rifle Brigade (Longford Rifles militia), before enlisting with the RDF at Naas in January 1889. He served in Africa, from March 1889, primarily in South Africa including at Maritzburg and Olifantonstein and later in the Boer Wars and in Cairo; he received the Queen's South Africa medal with clasps for the Relief of Ladysmith, the Transvaal and Orange Free State among others, as well as the King's South Africa medal. He returned to Ireland in 1902, remaining there until October 1906 when he was deployed to Egypt. Joseph completed his initial two terms with the army on the 10 January 1909, at Gosport.

Joseph re-enlisted for war service with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in August 1914. Joseph was initially stationed at home (Britain or Ireland) prior to deployment to India in February 1916 and remained there to the the end of the war. 

Parents Names: Unknown

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