Welcome to www.longfordatwar.ie. This site was developed as part of Longford’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. It also aims to remember all of those from the county who served in past conflicts, including the Easter Rising of 1916.
The database which can be accessed from the site includes details of the Longford people who died in World War I either in combat or from injuries. Included are those who were born in the county and those from elsewhere who lived in it at the time of their enlistment.
We also wish to record information on those from Longford, either natives or residents, who served in World War I or in various other conflicts. In that regard, we are appealing for help from anyone who has information to submit it. Our aim is to identify as many men and women as possible so that they will be remembered.
Soldiers Who Died 100 Years Ago This Month
William was born in Co. Longford in c.1873: he was likely born William Mahody (sic) in Granard 25 November 1872, the son of William Mahody and Anne (née Cahill) - William was a labourer. William had a brother Matthew, and a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Prendergast.
Mahady is noted as enlisting with the Artillery in Woolwich, London, their home base, in August 1914. Given the date, it is quite possible that this enlistment was for war service and had previously been attached with this or another regiment. He was granted the 1914 Star (a.k.a the 'Mons Star').
William was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) for bravery in January 1917 and is listed in both the London and Edinburgh Gazettes January 1917, whilst still serving with the Royal Artillery of Horse. It was some time after this that William transferred to the IV Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action, likely during the Battle of the Avre.
William's brother, Matthew, also served in WW1 with the Irish Guards.
Owen was born c.1889 in Co. Longford, the son of a blacksmith.
Pte Cahill enlisted in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. He died of wounds on 10 April 1918 aged 28/31 years*. In his will written in February 1917, (link below), he named his mother Catherine as his next-of-kin.
William was born c. 1896 in Mullolagher, Co. Longford. He married Mary Friary in 1916. In his will written in November 1917, (link below), he lists his next-of-kin as his his wife, Mary. By that time they were living in St. Brigid's Terrace in Longford town.
Thomas Clinton was born 18 August 1872 in Maghera, Co. Cavan not far from Granard, but later moved to Creevy, Co. Longford. He married to Margaret Carters (or Charters), known as Maggie, in Granard in November 1899, and by 1911 they had seven children together.
Tomas died at home aged 45 years, as a result of a malignant tumour. After his death, Thomas's widow appears to have remarried and became Margaret Reilly.