Promoting Edgeworthstown's Heritage and History

WWI

In 2015 we erected a memorial to the men from our Parish who died in World War I. Below are details about the men and their history. This information has mainly come from the Longford at War Website and from the Canadian Great War Project

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WWI Memorial

NameRobert BloomerJames CassidyJohn CullenJames DempseyJohn DempseyPatrick DempseyPeter DempseyRichard DempseyTerence DempseyJames GlennonEdward GrimesJoseph HanleyPatrick KeenaPatrick KennedyPeter KiernanPatrick GreeneWilliam KingLawrence LyonJohn MallonJohn McBurneyPatrick MollaghanJames MonaghanJohn MulhillFrancis O'HaraThomas O'RourkeSamuel ElmesArthur Mulhill
Rank:SapperPrivatePrivatePrivatePrivateSergeant (D.C.M.)PrivatePrivatePrivatePrivatePrivatePrivatePrivatePrivatePrivateDriverDriverLieutenantGunnerGunnerPrivatePrivateCorporalPrivatePrivatePrivatePrivate
Street:Garryandrew5 Church Street5 Church StreetBracklin RoadGranard StreetChurch StreetChurch StreetUpper Church Street
Townland:Ballindagny and CullyvoreEdgeworthstownBracklinEdgeworthstownEdgeworthstownEdgeworthstownTininareEdgeworthstownEdgeworthstownCranlymoreEdgeworthstownMonadarraghEdgeworthstownGlenEdgeworthstownLisryanBallymuighEdgeworthstownKilcourceyEdgeworthstownLisnageeraghEdgeworthstownMonadarraghCranleybeg/Cranalagh BegEdgeworthstownEdgeworthstownMonadarragh
Alternative Address:Duke Street, Athy, Co. KildareLucas Lane, North Gate Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.Naas, Co. KildarePound Street, Edgeworthstown, Co. LongfordMosstown, Kenagh, Co. LongfordEdgeworthstown, Co. Longford and Kilcommock Glebe, Kenagh, Co. LongfordEdgeworthstown, Co. LongfordAughafin, Edgeworthstown
Regiment:Royal Engineers, 3rd Signal CompanyConnaught Rangers, 5th BattalionConnaught Rangers, 5th BattalionLeinster Regiment, 2nd BattalionRoyal Irish Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, 'C' CompanyYorkshire Regiment, 6th Battalion/ [2nd Battalion]Army Cyclist Corps, 16th Battalion [formerly Leinster Regiment]Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 'D' CompanyRoyal Irish Regiment, 1st Battalion [formerly East Lancashire Regiment]Leinster Regiment, 7th BattalionLeinster Regiment, 1st Battalion, 'D' CompanyRoyal Welsh Regiment, 2nd BattaltionLeinster Regiment, 2nd BattalionRoyal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd BattalionMachine Gun Corps (Infantry), 60th Battalion [previously Royal Irish Rifles]Royal Field Artillery, 4th Brigade H.Q.Royal Field Artillery, 4A Res. BrigadeRoyal Canadian RegimentRoyal Field Artillery, 86th Brigade, Ammunition Col.,Royal Garrison Artillery, 280th Siege BatteryLeinster Regiment, 7th Battalion, 'B' CompanyLeinster Regiment, 7th BattalionRoyal Garrison Artillery, 41st Siege BatteryLeinster Regiment, 2nd BattalionLeinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 'C' Company8th Battalion Manitoba Regiment Canadian InfantryIrish Guards, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number:73501548937978261015077665045 [15937 ]38568823 [9720]2825361112724435512417121004 [5460]7003810102147755410116645755103765145345643460303783016910304
Date of Death:17-07-191907-12-191516-08-191501-09-191614-03-191530-09-191625-05-191603-08-191505-05-191507-07-191709-04-191507-05-191503-05-191518-10-191809-10-191802-07-191617-12-191511-09-191825-07-191613-05-191807-06-191730-09-191614-07-191627-03-191812-04-191715-08-191715-03-1917
Cause:PneumoniaRegistered as dead, SalonikaWoundsKilled in action, FranceKilled in actionKilled in actionWounds at Bethune, FranceKilled in action at Hooge, Belgium.Killed in actionWoundsWoundsKilled in actionWoundsMalaria, SalonicaWounds, homeKilled in actionKilled in actionKilled in actionKilled in actionKilled in actionKilled in actionKilled in actionCause unknownKilled in action
Memorial:Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, Poona (Pune), Maharashtra, IndiaDoiran Memorial, Doriani, Macedonia, GreeceHelles Memorial, TurkeyCaterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, FranceMenin Gate Memorial, Ypres/Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, FranceBethune Town Cemetery, FranceNew Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres/Ieper, BelgiumPotijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Belgium.Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres/Ieper, BelgiumHazebrouck Communal Cemetery, France.Ferme Buterne Military Cemetery, Houplines, FranceRoisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Roisel, Somme, France.Ramleh War Cemetery, Ramleh, IsraelAmara War Cemetery, Al Amarrah, IraqEdgeworthstown Cemetery, Co. LongfordVis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, FranceQuarry Cemetery, Montauban, FranceAubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Aubigny-en-Artois, Pas-de-Calais, FranceLa Laiterie Military Cemetery, Kemmel BelgiumThiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, FranceAlbert Communal Cemetery Extension, Rue du 11 Novembre, Albert, Somme, Picardy, FrancePozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, France.Arras Memorial, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, FranceVimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, Somme, France
Information:Robert was born in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford in 1888. He worked for the postal service. He married Anne Maud and had a son and daughter before joining the Royal Engineers in 1915. He died of pneumonia in Poona, India.James died aged 28 years in the Balkan Theatre. Interestingly he was recorded as having enlisted in Athens.John was born c. 1883 and enlisted at Southampton, England. He died of wounds at Gallipoli on 16 August 1915.James was born in c.August 1879 at Edgeworthstown and enlisted in the army in Athlone, and served in the Leinster Regiment. He was married to Margaret (Maggie) and left all of his property and effects to her in his will, (link below).John enlisted in Mullingar and was killed in action aged 25 years. Brother of Richard Dempsey, (3856, Leinster Regiment).Patrick was married to Mary Dempsey of Newbridge St., Birr, Co. Offaly. He was awarded the DCM ( Distinguished Conduct Medal ) for gallantry in June 1915.Peter was the husband of Kate Flood of Pound St. Edgeworthstown, served with the Leinster Regiment before joining the Cyclist Corps. He died aged 19 years. His death was announced in the Edgeworthstown Notes of the Longford Leader on the 3 June 1916, which wrote: "We very much regret to announce the death of Private Peter Dempsey, Cyclist Corps, late of this town, who was killed in action last week near Bethune, France. His father is an old soldier with over 20 years service, and he has three other brothers also with the colours, one of whom won the much-coveted D.C.M. [Distinguished Conduct Medal] last summer for conspicuous bravery under fire. His brother James was with him when he died, and he lived long enough to obtain the consolations of religion at the hands of the Regimental Chaplain of the 3rd Leinsters. To Private Dempsey's wife and his father and mother, who have already lost another boy in South Africa, we tender an expression of our most sincere sympathy in their very great trouble - R.I.P."Richard was born c.1890 in Edgeworthstown. Pte Dempsey enlisted in Mullingar Co. Westmeath. He was killed in action at Hooge; his mother was informed by his field chaplain Father Molloy and the letter was reprinted in Longford Longford leader of the 14 August 1915, who noted Dempsey's bravery in retrieving casualties from the trenches and the praise their field doctor had for him. Brother of John (entry No. 98) and Willie Dempsey who both served in the Great War.Terence was killed in action aged 23 years.James was born in Cranlymore, Edgeworthstown, c.1889. He enlisted in Mullingar Co. Westmeath.Edward was born c.1897 in Edgeworthstown. He enlisted in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.Joseph was born c.1877. He enlisted in Cardiff, Wales.Patrick was born in Church Street, Edgeworthstown and enlisted in Longford.Patrick lived at Glen, Edgeworthstown and later enlisted in Naas, Co. Kildare. He died of wounds aged 40.Peter was born c.1882 in Edgeworthstown and enlisted in Longford Barracks. Prior to the war, Peter was a carpenter, as was his father and his brothers Philip and Edward. Peter was married to Mrs. Katie Kiernan of Church Street, Edgeworthstown, and she is named in his will as his heir, (link below). They had at least one daughter together, called Kathleen.Patrick was born c.1898 at Lisryan Co. Longford. He enlisted in the Artillery Barracks in Longford.William was born c.1891 in Co. Longford and he enlisted in Longford town.Lawrence was born in Edgeworthstown on 28 March 1894. The family lived in Kilcommock Glebe, Kenagh prior to Lawrence enlisting in Halifax, Canada.John was born c.1894 in Co. Longford. He enlisted in Warwickshire.John was born c.1881 in Co. Longford and later enlisted in Liverpool.Patrick was born c.1896 in Co. Longford and enlisted in Longford.James was born c.1891 in Edgeworthstown. He enlisted in Longford.John was born c.1891 in Monadarragh and enlisted in Co. Galway. He was a brother of Pte Arthur Mulihill, who died on 15 March 1917. The following letter, informing John's father of his death was published in the Longford Leader on the 5 August 1916. "Dear Mr. Mulhill, in case the official announcement of the loss which our Battery has sustained has not yet reached you, I am writing to tell you of the death of your son. I know well what this will mean to you, and we one and all sympathise with you in this very sad news. He was killed in the Battery with many others of our fellows, at about 12.30p.m., July 14th, by enemy shell fire and death was instantaneous. As officer in charge of his section ever since we came out here, I had learnt to know him well. His good qualities soon earned him a second stripe. His continual cheerfulness, his energy and constant desire to carry out his duties promptly and successfully were a great help to us. We all feel the loss deeply. We buried him yesterday in a quiet little cemetery just outside the town and there he rests with ten of his comrades killed at the same time. His grave is covered with flowers gathered by his friends and at its head is a wooden cross. The knowledge that he died in the service of his country must be a great comfort to you. We took the liberty of opening your letter, enclosed, in order to obtain your address:- Yours sincerely, H.M. Bennett, Lieut., 41st Siege Battery, R.G.A. 16th July, 1916.Francis was born near Edgeworthstown, c. 1891, and enlisted in LongfordThomas was born c.1893 in Co. Longford and enlisted in Longford.Lists his mother Annie as next of kin, but lists here address as Station House, Killeshandra, County Cavan. Samuel was born 12 July 1887Arthur was born c.1896 in Monadarragh and enlisted in Longford town. He was a brother of Cpl John Mulihill, who died on 14 July 1916.
Parents Names:Son of Robert and Ellen Bloomer, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.Father: John Cassidy, of Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. Mother was possibly Elizabeth.Son of John and Margaret Cullen, Bracklin, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.Son of Terrence [uncertain] and Bridget Dempsey, Edgeworthstown, Co. LongfordSon of James and Kate (Catherine) Dempsey of 5 Church Street, Edgeworthstown, Co. LongfordSon of Patrick and Mary Dempsey, Edgeworthstown, Co. LongfordSon of Michael and Kate Dempsey of Tininare, Edgeworthstown.Son of James and Kate Dempsey (née McGlynn) of 5 Church St. Edgeworthstown.Son of Terence and Bridget Dempsey, of Bracklin Road, Edgeworthstown Co. LongfordSon of Patrick and Elizabeth Glennon, of Cranlymore, Edgeworthstown.Son of Francis and Mary Grimes, of Granard Street, Edgeworthstown.Son of Patrick and Mary Jordan Hanley of Monadarragh, Edgeworthstown.Son of Mr L. Keena.Son of Patrick and Elizabeth Boyle of Glen, Edgeworthstown.Son of Philip Kiernan, Edgeworthstown.Son of Richard and Bridget Greene of Lisryan. Richard was dead by the 1901 Census.Son of Denis and Anne King,Ballymuigh, Edgeworthstown.Son of Rev. Paul Kem Lyon and Louisa Lyon, Edgeworthstown.Son of James and Annie Mallon of Kilcourcey Edgeworthstown.Son of John McBurney of Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.Son of James and Bridget Mollaghan of Lisnageeragh, Edgeworthstown.Son of Thomas and Rose Monaghan of Edgeworthstown.Son of Andrew and Rose Mulhill of Monadarragh, Edgeworthstown.Son of Francis and Anne O'Hara of Cranleybeg Edgeworthstown, Co. LongfordSon of Rose Gallagher and step-son of Michael Gallagher of Upper Church Street, Edgeworthstown.Mother's name Annie, Father's name unknownSon of Andrew and Rose Mulhill of Monadarragh, Edgeworthstown.
Notes:He is included with his family in the 1901 Census, but his name is scratched out.It appears that James may have originally enlisted in the Leinster Regiment (No. 5182) in 1897 and served until his first discharge in 1909. This first enlistment included tours of duty in Canada and South Africa. James may be an older brother, or half-brother, of John and Richard Dempsey who were also casualties of the Great War.The Longford Leader reported his award of the DCM on the 26 June 1915Richard's death was reported on the front page of the Longford Leader on 14 August 1915. Fr. Molloy's letter noted Dempsey'sPatrick Kennedy may have been born in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Patrick Boyle was a national school teacher at Glen.The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists Peter's date of death as being the 9th of October, but his will lists it as being the 10th.*Notes on the military cemetery in Al Amarah. This is an offical Commonwealth War Graves Commission site. In 1933 the original headstones were removed as it was found that the soil in this location was corroding the sandstone. A memorial screen wall was erected although these have been damaged in subsequent years.In the 1901 census, Andrew Mulhill, John's father, described himself as an army pensioner.Check number, 3037 vs. 3070? May have been at Gallipoli and wrote a poem featured in the Longford Leader 23 October 1915.Vimy Ridge was the first battle fought by Canadians in WWIIn the 1901 census, Andrew, father of Arthur, described himself as an army pensioner.
NameRobert BloomerJames CassidyJohn CullenJames DempseyJohn DempseyPatrick DempseyPeter DempseyRichard DempseyTerence DempseyJames GlennonEdward GrimesJoseph HanleyPatrick KeenaPatrick KennedyPeter KiernanPatrick GreeneWilliam KingLawrence LyonJohn MallonJohn McBurneyPatrick MollaghanJames MonaghanJohn MulhillFrancis O'HaraThomas O'RourkeSamuel ElmesArthur Mulhill