|Alternative Address:||Island, Kenagh in 1911. Gave addresses as Abbeyderg and Woodtown in 1914 and 1915 to two sets of recruitment officials.|
|Regiment/Unit:||Leinster Regiment, 5th Battalion; Irish Guards. Previously served with Connaught Ranger.|
|Regiment Number:||5346-Leinster Regiment number; 9885 - Irish Guards; [5088 & 5174- previous Connaught Rangers]|
|Date of Death:||26-03-1916|
|Cause:||Died at home|
|Memorial:||Kilcommock Old Graveyard, Kenagh, Co. Longford|
Peter was born in Clough, Kenagh and later lived in Abbeyderg and Island, and was the son of Michael McGrath, a school teacher. He served first in the Leinster Regiment and then in the Connaught Rangers. He was in India and then in South Africa during the Boer War (1899-1902). Peter was a postman before the war* In March 1908, he married Ellen Liddane** from Co. Clare in East Finchley in London - they went on to have three children.
At the outbreak of the Great War, Peter attempted to reenlist with the army on a number of occassions, but his health prevented him. Sadly, he passed away at home aged 40. He was buried with full military honours, with the funeral procession being led by the brass band of the Leinster Regiment.
|Parents Names:||Son of Michael McGrath and Bridget (née Heslin), Clough, Kenagh, Co. Longford|
|Notes:||*Peter's father was a schoolteacher, and Peter may have trained as a teacher also. **Peter's wife remarried after his death and became Mrs. Daly.|