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
Peter was born in Granard, c.1890, and according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was the son of Jane Collumb.
Pte Collumb entered the war in July 1915 at Salonika on the Eastern Front, but was killed in action in the opening days of the Third Battle of Ypres.
Francis was born in Co. Longford in 1889, although later records suggest that he was born in Co. Mayo. His family moved to Westport, Co. Mayo in c.1894. In 1901 Francis was recorded as working as a messenger in Westport. At the time his mother appears to have been working in Glasgow, and she is listed as his next-of-kin on his will and Francis is noted to have resided in Glasgow.
Pte Bennett enlisted with the 3rd Connaught Rangers in Westport, Co. Mayo, before being transferred to the 2nd Battalion. He went to the front after September 1914. By 1917 he was serving with the 6th (Service) Battalion, when he was wounded in action, likely in the 3rd Battle of Ypres, and subsequently succumbed to his wounds, likely at the casualty clearing station/hospital in Lijssenthoek.
Francis is also remembered on the WW1 memorial in the Mayo Peace Park and Garden of Remembrance in Castlebar.
James was born 27 March 1889 in Cranalagh More (Cranlymore), Edgeworthstown. He enlisted in Mullingar Co. Westmeath and entered the war in December 1915. He died during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, likely as a result of an assault on the Frezenberg Redoubt north of Ypres.
James's father, Patrick, was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and a vote of sympathy for him on the death of James was published in the Longford Leader, on the 8 September 1917
Allen was born on in Richardstown/Augharickard on 20 September, 1892. Prior to the war he worked as a clerk. Alfred joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 10 February 1916 in Edmonton. Allen was promoted to Acting Corporal in 1916, but returned to the rank of Private at his own request in 1917. He was killed in action in France, (Rouen area), aged 24 years.
Hugh Loughrey (Laughrey) was born 19 November 1882 in Aghaboy, but later lived in Scotland.
Pte Loughrey enlisted in Hamilton Lanarkshire, Scotland, but was killed in action during a major offensive 16 August, 1917 in the attack on Frezenberg, during the Battle of Langemarck, an action of the 3rd Battle of Ypres.
Bernard was born 17 September 1885 in Derrahaun. On the 24 November 1907, Bernard married Catherine Cheevers of 10 Golden Lane, Dublin on the 24 November 1907. At the time, Bernard was serving with the RDF and stationed at Portobello Barracks, (now Cathal Brugha Barracks). Their daugher, Kathleen May, was born c.1910.
Cpl Carberry had a long military career, having first served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers before reenlisting with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers for war service in 1914. He was killed in action during the Battle of Langemarck, (Passchendaele). Poignantly, his older brother Michael was also at Langemarck and they met up for one last time the night before the battle, on the 15 August. Michael returned from the war, whilst Bernard sadly did not.
Patrick was born in Legan on the 25 July, 1884.
Rifleman Dolan had a long military career, and appears to have been serving with the Royal Irish Rifles in Burma in 1911. He entered WW1 in August 1914 and likely served at key battles including the Battle of Mons and the Somme. He was killed in action aged 32 years during the attack at Frezenberg in the Battle of Langemarck, an action of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).
Joseph was born 30 November 1893 in Cooleeny, just outside Longford town; Joseph's father Michael was also previously a soldier. Pte Ward was killed in action during the Battle of Langemarck, an action of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).