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
Joseph was born on 14 May 1878 - either in Longford, or in Brooklyn, New York, but emigrated to Canada in his youth. He married Elizabeth Jane Beatty in York, Ontario, in June 1901, and with whom he had three children: Helen, John and Francis. Prior to the war Joseph was working as a locomotive fireman in Havelock, Ontario.
Pte Kiernan enlisted in Canada on 28 July 1915, and went to the Western front in February 1916. He received a number of gunshot wounds to the arm during his service, but recovered and was returned to the front; he was fatally was wounded in action on the 3 May 1917 during the 3rd Battle of the Scarpe, in an attack north of Fresnoy, but went missing but was later presumed.
Thomas was born 9 May 1895 in Longford, one of 10 children of Joseph and Bridget Plunkett: his eldest brother John was a veterinarian surgeon in Longford, Joseph became a priest, resident in New York during the Great War and his brother, James, was a Captain in the Royal Veterinary Corps during the Great War. Tom had won an apprenticeship for Chemistry in Athlone when the war broke out.
Pte Plunkett and enlisted in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and was one of the first Irish soldiers to serve at Gallipoli, where he was wounded; he succumbed to these wounds over a year later.
Thomas Brardy, was born in Co. Longford on the 27 December c.1896. He enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps on 22 January 1916, and went to the front at Étaples in March 1916.
He had a brother named John Brardy, given as his next-of-kin, although his address was unknown at the time of attestment.
Thomas was born in Ballymahon on 3 December 1887. He married Mary Devine in Dublin on 7 February 1915 and they lived in 3 Henrietta Street, Dublin.
Thomas was a career soldier and served in the 8th Battaltion, Rifle Brigade before continuing with the Royal Irish Fusiliers at Athlone in 1906. He served in India from 20 November 1907 to 25 September 1909. Pte Ratican was mobilised for the Great War from Armagh on 5 August 1914 and was discharged on disability grounds in February 1915. However, it appears that he re-enlisted with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers some time in late 1915 or 1916, and served in France. The regimental war diary for May 1917 mentions Thomas being was presented with a watch, along with two other comrades at Écurie, only a few weeks before his death. The diary states:
2.5.1917 – The Battalion was this day inspected by Brigadier General HWE Finch Commanding the 190th Infantry Brigade, with that watches were presented to B26710 Private Ratican T , B26975 Private Short EJ and D26346 Private Ennis W. These watches were sent by Major O Neges of the 2/8 West Yorkshire Regiment who was severely wounded at MIRAUMONT on the 26th February 1917 and was brought to the Regiment Aid Post, under heavy shell fire by the above mentioned stretcher bearers. The following has been received from First Army:-
Army Commanders have much pleasure in forwarding the following message received from the Commander in Chief. 'My warmest congratulations on the important success achieved by you on the operations of 28th and 29th April 1917. Convey to the troops and formations which took part in this my appreciation of the great gallantry and spirit shown by them.'