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
John (a.k.a. John Achmooty) was born 11 March 1891 in Ballagh, Briskil, Newtownforbes, the son of William Amooty and his first wife Mary Gallagher, who sadly died shortly after his birth. Prior to the Great War, John was working as a milesman in the Midland & Great Western Railway (MGWR - Ireland).
Gnr Amooty enlisted in Longford. He was injured at the front but died in the recently-formed 47th General Hospital in Le Treport.
Thomas Robert was born Robert Thomas Brady in Longford 15 May 1896, the son of a mounted Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) serjeant; his family moved to Tralee when he was a child and lived there for many years.
Sjt Brady enlisted in Belfast Co. Antrim. After initially serving with the 19th R.I.R he transferred to the 14th (Young Citizens) Battalion, which was originally raised in Belfast from the Belfast Volunteers and formed part of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Extract from the Limerick Chronicle, June, 1917:
Sergeant T R Brady. Intimation has been received by Mr R C Brady... that his son, Sergeant Thomas R Brady, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action at Wystchaete, on the 7th instant. The gallant soldier had only been a fortnight at the front when he fell. He was only in his twenty first year, and prior to joining the army he was employed as a motor mechanic at Messrs Christy's, George Street, where he was very popular with his employees, who with a large circle of friends mourn his death.
Thomas was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side. He died less than one month after his 21st birthday.
Thomas Newcomen Corry
Thomas Newcomen Corry Burnett*, was born in Abbeyderg on the 24 August 1896, and was the youngest son of Samuel and Catherine Burnett. Prior to the war, he was working in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway as a shop assistant.
Lce Cpl Burnett enlisted at the age of 19 in November 1915 in Ballinasloe Co. Galway, when he was eligible to serve overseas. He was killed in action on 7 June 1917, one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side. His mother was listed as his next-of-kin. He was remembered in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
Burnett, Thomas Newcomen Corry; L-Corpl., the Royal Irish Rifles, yst. s. of Samuel Burnett, Renagh [sic], co. Longford, Farmer, by his wife, Catherine Louisa, dau. of Joseph Corry; b. Abbeyderg, Kenagh, 24 Aug. 1896; educ. Kenagh National School; as a Shop Assistant; enlisted 15 Nov. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France from 20 July, 1916, and was killed in action at Messines Ridge 7 June 1917. Buried in a Military Cemetery there. His colonel wrote: "I know I have lost one of the best, and it may be some small comfort to his mother to know how proud we are of him." and the Chaplain: "He was highly esteemed as a brave and efficient soldier."
Patrick was born c.1883 in Derryveagh, between Newtowncashel and Kenagh.
Pte Casserly enlisted with the Royal Irish Regiment in Londonderry, Co. Derry in May 1915 and was posted to France in December of the same year. Patrick was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side.
Patrick was born 22 April 1897 in Lisnageeragh, Co. Longford.
Pte Mollaghan enlisted in Longford. Patrick was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side.
Cecil was born in March 1898 in Edgeworthstown, where his father was stationmaster at the train station; the family resided there for two more years before moving to Mayo, and later to Dublin. The family moved to Lancashire after 1911.
Pte O'Dell enlisted in Accrington, Lancashire. Cecil was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side.
Cecil's brother, Frederick, also died in the Great War six weeks earlier. During the war their father, Alfred, worked as a clerk in the HM Munitions Factory in Gretna in Scotland, which was the largest cordite factory in the UK during WW1.
James was born in Brooklyn, c.1887, and enlisted in London.
Prior to the war James was working as a clerk in a clothing wholesalers in Bristol. In 1911 he was living with his aunt Mrs. Mary Janet Stephenson - possibly the sister of his father, as she was born in Longford - including her husband, also a clerk in the same field.
James was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side. James
After his death, his next-of-kin was his cousin Mrs. Dorcas Withers and Jenny P. Dean.
Patrick was born c.1881 in Co. Longford, possibly in Longford town, but lived in Leith in Edinburgh with his family at the time of his enlistment.
Rifleman Burke enlisted in Edinburgh in 1915 and served initially with the King's Own Scottish Borderers before transferring to the Royal Irish Rifles. He first went to the Front in May 1915, but died on the second day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side.
Michael was born 26 April 1872 in Drummeel. Michael had a long military career, initially serving with the local militia before enlisting with the 1st Leinsters in October 1897. He served overseas in Canada, and South Africa including the Second Boer War. He completed his initial army service in 1910, after serving eight years with the colours and four years in the reserves.
Prior to his death, Pte Cunningham served as a stretcher-bearer, attached to the 20th General Hosptial in Camiers, France. Although at the time of his death his battalion and company were serving in the Battle of Messines in Belgium, it is possible that Michael remained at Camiers and received his fatal wounds at a battlefield in this area.
Michael was the uncle of Lizzie McDonagh, of Earls Court Road, London, who published a moving poem dedicated to her late uncle in the Longford Leader of the 15 September 1917, the final verse reads:
We think of him in silence,
His name we oft recall,
But there is nothing left to answer,
But his photo on the wall.
Robert James Mills was born in Clonbrin on the 29 April 1897. He enlisted in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in November 1916, but was killed in action just over six months later, aged merely 20 years.
Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour;
Mills, Robert James, Gunner No 187412, Royal Field Artillery, 4th son of the late James Mills, of Clonbrin, Abbeyshrule, County Longford, Farmer, by his wife, Margaret, daughter of the late Thomas McKeon, of Abbeyshrule. Born at Clonbrin, 29 April, 1897. Educated at Tashinny, County Longford. Enlisted 04 November, 1916, served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action by a shell 14 June, 1917. His commanding Officer wrote of him as a brilliant and courageous gunner, whose loss would be deeply regretted by his comrades, He was unmarried.
Nicholas was born in Granard, on the 17 August 1890. Nicholas's father was a baker and both parents were originally from Co. Cavan; Nicholas was named after his paternal uncle, who resided with the family at their home in Mohill in 1901. By 1911 Nicholas (junior) was living in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, with his brother, Terence Mitchell Clarke. Both brothers were working for the canal company; Nicholas was a rates clerk, whilst Terence was a railway clerk.
Clarke entered the war in September 1914 in Egypt, with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving as a Staff Serjeant. He was commissioned as an officer on the 26 March 1917 (General List) as a T/2nd Lieutenant before being transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. In June 1917 2nd Lt Clarke was with the 57th Reserve Squadron of the RFC in, Egypt. He was operating as a pilot under instruction, when he accidentally lost the aircraft. There was no definitive cause established for the incident, but the report suggested that Clarke was trying to avoid another aircraft at the time, and his plane was in otherwise good condition. Nicholas's plane was a Royal Aircraft Factory bi-wing B.E. 2c number 4395** which was reportedly with the 14th Squadron serving in the Arabian region.
Nicholas's brother, Terence, was his heir and sole legate.
Interestingly, Nicholas was a Freemason, and at the beginning of the war was a member of a Cairo lodge named in honour of Lord Kitchener, who was the first District Grandmaster for Egypt.