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Patrick Connaughton

Rank: Private
Street: Brideswell Street
Town/Village: Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Civil Parish: Cashel
Catholic Parish: Newtowncashel
Alternative Address: Great Water Street, Longford (one source); Derries, Bonavalley, Athlone (possible 1906); 4 Kilmacoo Cottages, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Census 1901: Likely entry at Derrynagalliagh (Dernagollagh), Newtowncashel
Census 1911: Possible entry at Clara, Co. Offaly with wife and children
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 3486
Date of Death: 22-01-1953
Cause: Natural causes
Memorial: Cornamagh Cemetery Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Patrick was born neat Newtowncashel c.1875*

Patrick married to Catherine (Kate) Burke, originally from Castlebar County Mayo, likely in April 1906 in Athlone. They went onto have five children: daughters Mai and Catherine and sons John (Johnny), Joseph and Michael (Mickey). Joseph went on to serve with the British Expeditionary Force in World War 2, and survived Dunkirk.

Came to Athlone around the turn of the last century. Enlisted: Athlone? Occupation on enlistment. Stonemason.

Patrick likely enlisted in Athlone and was deployed to the Western Front in January 1915. He was involved in action at Saint Eloi, North Eastern France in 1915, where he was wounded, with a gun shot wound to his left leg, which resulted in it being amputated. As a result of his disability, he was discharged from the Army, 24 June 1915. 

 He returned to Athlone, and passed away in 1953.

Parents Names: Possibly the son of Michael Connaughton and Mary (née Kelly), Derrynagolliagh, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford
Notes: Date of death provided by family was 1 January 1953. *Possibly Michael Connorton born on or around 25 February 1878 in Dernagollagh to Michael and Mary Connorton (née Kelly).

link to potential Civil Record of Birth; link to possible Civil Record of Marriage; link to Civil Record of Death

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