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Richard Proudfoot (Proudford)

Rank: Private
Townland: Aughadegnan
Town/Village: Longford town
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Dublin Street, Longford; Lisbrack
Census 1901: Possible entry at Dublin Street, with surname Proudford, residing with maternal grandmother and brot
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 5th Battalion
Regiment Number: 4425
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1, drowning.
Memorial: Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford


Richard was born in Longford c.1882, and was the son of Thomas Proudfoot, a bootmaker and his wife Mary Callaghan. He was named after his paternal grandfather, who was also a shoemaker. 

Richard entered WW2 in September 1915 at Gallipoli. His army records use Proudfoot and Proudford interchangibly. He was discharged in March 1919, and was given a disability pension, due to vision problems. 

After the war Richard returned to Longford, and married Mary Martin (née Jordan) of Aughadegnan in October 1918. Mary was the widow of Spr Daniel Martin, who died in July 1918. Between them Richard and Mary had eight children. He worked as a fowl (poultry) dealer for many years, and was a member of the Comrades Association. Sadly he died after falling into the Royal Canal Harbour close to Christmas 1942. 

Parents Names: Son of Thomas Proudfoot and Mary (née Callaghan), Longford
Notes: Interestingly, a bootmaker named Richard Proudfoot, who was originally from Longford, lived in Longford Street in Dublin in 1911. It's possible that they were related.

Link to Civil Record of Marriage; link to Civil Record of Death; 'Missing Man Found in Canal', Longford Leader 26 Dec 1942.

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