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John Dempsey

Rank: Private
Street: 5 Church Street
Town/Village: Edgeworthstown
Civil Parish: Mostrim
Catholic Parish: Mostrim
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Residing at House 100, Edgeworthstown.
Census 1911: Residing at Church Street, Edgeworthstown.
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, 'C' Company
Regiment Number: 10150
Date of Death: 14-03-1915
Cause: Killed in action, Dickebusch, Belgium
Memorial: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres/Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

John was born 24 August 1889 in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford and enlisted for the amy in Mullingar.

Pte. Dempsey and his battalion were placed in Dickebusch at the time of his death as relief to the Leinster battalion. 'C' Company were given trenches no. 19, 19a and 20. On 14 August the enemy attacked with explosives and heavy gun fire, particularly trench no.19. The battalion put up a good defence, but within the hour they were forced to retreat leaving many killed and wounded behind.

John was killed in action aged 25 years. His brother Richard Dempsey also died in the Great War. 

Parents Names: Son of James and Kate (née Ballasty), Dempsey of 5 Church Street, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

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