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Edward Friary / Friery

Rank: Private
Street: Healy's Terrace
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Bog Lane;
Census 1901: Possible entry at Longford Workhouse, as E.F. aged 3
Census 1911: Artane Boys School, Drumcondra, Dublin. ( As Edward Friery, Aged 12. Link to original page)
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment {possibly 2nd Battalion}
Regiment Number: 7177579, {and possibly 10682}
Date of Death: 19-03-1954
Memorial: Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford

Edward was born at the workhouse in Longford town, on the 12 July 1898, and was the youngest in his family - sadly his mother died a year later, By 1910 Edward and his sister Mary Anne were in the care of their elder brother, but was then was sent to be a pupil in the Artane Industrial School* After leaving school Edward worked as a labourer.

Edward attested with the Leinster Regiment on the 16 February 1916 claiming to be 18 years 10 months, (despite being in reality still 17), giving the name and address of his sister, Mrs. Bridget McQuaid of Burtt's Yard as his next-of-kin. He later served in France, 1917 - 1918. Edward was discharged at Chatham, England in July 1922. 

His brother, Michael, also served in WW1; their cousin Patrick had served in the Second Boer War.

After WW1, Edward returned to Longford town; he died on the 19 March 1954 of natural causes in St. Joseph's Hospital, Longford. 

Parents Names: Son of John Friary and Mary (née Mullen), Bog Lane, Longford
Notes: *It would seem that after the death of Edward's mother, it appears that it was challenging for his father to keep the family together and may have passed away by 1910. Mary Anne seems to have been sent to Newtownforbes.

Link to Civil Record of Birth (please ensure that the website address ends in .pdf); link to Civil Record of Death; UK National Army Museum - Irish Soldiers' Records entry

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