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Philip Clyne/Klein

Rank: Corporal
Townland: Rhyne
Town/Village: Killoe
Civil Parish: Killoe
Catholic Parish: Killoe
Alternative Address: Castlebar, Co. Mayo; Granard, Co. Longford; Moyrath, Ardagh, Co. Longford.
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Seaforth Highlanders (post-war); (Royal Irish Rifles); [Connaught Rangers, 3rd then 6th Battalion]
Regiment Number: 32340; (3/26829); [3/70960]
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WWi and WWII.
Memorial: Buried in Ardagh, Co. Longford.

Philip enlisted in 3rd Battalion, Connaught Rangers at Boyle, Co. Roscommon in September 1915 and was quickly transfered to Kinsale, Co. Cork. He served with the 6th Battalion on the Western Front and on 4 July 1916, was wounded in the back during the Battle of the Somme. He was sent back to Kinsale to recover. He was transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers before going back into active service. At the Battle of Vimy Ridge in June 1917 he was again wounded, this time in his face, and was sent to Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital, Dublin for treatment. He went back to France a month later. Philip was wounded a third time at the Battle of St Quentin, at the end of the war, and was sent to a military hospital in Chatham, Kent. By November 1918, he was acting corporal.

Finally, after discharge, Philip re-enlisted in 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, as a corporal, on 26 February 1919. He was discharged due to a 'disability' on 27 November 1919.

He went on to served in the Second World War.

Philip died on 31 December 1995 was the last surviving member of the Connaught Rangers.

Parents Names: Richard Klein/Clyne and Rose Anne (née Stafford)
Notes: Philip's surname is recorded as Clynes on his medal rolls index card and pensions index card. With thanks to Liz Taber and Tony McLoughlin for sharing information,

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