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Michael Tierney

Rank: Corporal
Street: 42 Strong Place
Town/Village: Brooklyn, New York
Civil Parish: Rathcline
Catholic Parish: Rathcline
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Lanesborough; Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford; Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare; Herkimer Street, Brooklyn
Census 1901: Resident at Abbeyshrule
Census 1911: Resident at Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
Regiment/Unit: 165th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Division, "B" Company, U.S. Army,
Regiment Number: 89287
Date of Death: 28-07-1918
Cause: Killed-in-action, 2nd Battle of the Marne (likely), Aisne-Marne Offensive
Memorial: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Cimetière Américain, CD2 02130, Seringes-et-Nesles, France

Michael was born on 13 August 1893 in Lanesborough and was one of 6 children by John and Ellen Tierney. John Sr. was an R.I.C. constable, originally from Co. Clare and Ellen (née Dopson) was from Coroneary, Co. Leitrim; it appears that Michael was likely named after his paternal grandfather, in line with the typical naming convention of the time. 

By 1901, they lived in Abbeyshrule where his father was stationed as a sergeant. On the retirement of John Sr, the family moved to Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

Michael emigrated to New York in September 1912, settling in Brooklyn where his uncles lived; he worked for John Wanamaker**, likely in his New York department store.  Initially Michael enlisted with the 23rd Regiment of the National Guard, at the time of the Mexican Border Campaign. During the Great War, he was transferred to the 165th Regiment of the 42nd Division in Camp Mills, then a part of the National Guard, also known as the 'Rainbow Division'. He served in overseas from the 26 October 1917 in France at Duneville, Baccarat, Experance and finally at the River Ourcq

Michael was killed in action during the 2nd Battle of the Marne, at the River Ourcq.* Another soldier, Private James Dwyer, describes Michael being injured on the battlefield, asking James to 'save himself'; Dwyer was injured in the process of trying to rescue Michael. 

Michael's brother, John Joseph Tierney, served in WW1 with the Royal Munster Fusiliers but sadly died in November 1916.&

Parents Names: Son of John Tierney and Ellen (née Dobson), Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.
Notes: *A newspaper article in The Brooklyn Eagle about the passing of Michael stated that prior to Michael serving in France, he received a letter from his father, asking him to avenge the death of his brother in 1916, and also the sudden passing of their mother shortly after in 1917.**John Wanamaker famously proposed that the US buy Belgium from Germany to end the carnage of war. *** Our thanks to Denis Burke of Foreign Aircraft in Ireland 1939-1945, for bringing Michael to our attention.
Links: - civil record of birth.

Link to American Battle Monuments Association entry; clipping from Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Michael's death, 28 Sep 1918 (subscription to may be needed); roster of the 42nd Division

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