Millstreet’s WWI Soldiers

Today on the hundredth anniversary of the Armistace, which ceased fighting at the end of World War One, we remember all those from Millstreet who took part and died in the war that was meant to end all wars.

In 2010 we published a list of 15 Millstreet men who had died in WWI, but with little detail, only names, dates, and the country of their death. Since then we have been gathering information on all those with local connections that were involved in the Great War. They fought with the British, American, Canadian, New Zealand, and Australian armies. These are the names of the 44 that died and the 87  100 who survived that we know of:

The 44 who died:

  1. Timothy Long, Kilcorney, Royal Munster Fusiliers, on August 27th 1914, Battle of Mons [notes]
  2. Patrick Forde, Station Road, Connaught Rangers, on Tue 1st Sept 1914, aged 38, at Seine-et-Marne, France [notes]
  3. Edward O’Leary, Millstreet, Royal Munster Fusiliers, Sat Oct 03 1914, p.o.w, in France/Germany [notes]
  4. Daniel Cronin, Cullen, Royal Irish Regiment, on October 19th 1914, in France [notes]
  5. Lieut. Henry Digby Wallis,  of Drishane Castle, Coldstream Guards, on 21 October 1914, in Ypres, France [notes3]
  6. Jeremiah Riordan, Kilcorney, Irish Guards, 01 Nov 1914, aged 24 at Ypres [notes]
  7. Timothy Mahony, Millstreet, Private Connaught Rangers 1st Battalion, KIA France & Flanders 23/11/1914 [notes]
  8. Cornelius Corkery, West End, Connaught Rangers, Nov 23 1914, Flanders, France [notes]
  9. Patrick Byrne, Millstreet, Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment, on January 19th 1915, in France
  10. Jeremiah Murphy, Glantane More Cullen, Feb 9th  1915, Ypres [notes]
  11. Denis Rahilly, Dromtarriffe, on February 13th 1915, Ypres [notes]
  12. Michael Desmond, on April 26th 1915-04-26, in Gallipoli
  13. Cornelius Guiney, Dromtarriff, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, April 30th 1915, in Gallipoli [notes]
  14. David Nolan, Royal Munster Fusiliers, May 16 1915, in Galipolli [notes]
  15. James Murphy, August 9th 1915, Gallipoli [notes]
  16. Dennis Moynihan, Millstreet, South Wales Borders, Oct 7 1915, Gallipoli [notes]
  17. Patrick Carey, 17th Nov 1915, aged 35, drowned at sea from the HS Anglia (husband of Margaret Carey, of Mill Lane) [notes]
  18. Denis Hickey, on November 27th 1915, in  Gallipoli
  19. Denis Kelleher, on January 12th 1916, in France
  20. Frederick Henry Pomeroy, Feb 1st 1916, in England (from wounds in France) [notes]
  21. James Riordan, on Feb 23 1916, Dunkirque [notes]
  22. Denis Breen, March 27th 1916, at the Battle of Loos [notes]
  23. Patrick Creedon, Sun Apr 30 1916, Calais,  France [notes]
  24. Daniel Bennett, Dromtarriffe,  May 09 1916, Loos, Belgium [notes]
  25. William Hickey, Rathduane, June 26th 1916, in France [notes]
  26. Michael Sullivan, Dromtarriffe, July 12 1916, France
  27. Dennis Moynihan, son of Denis (Rathcoole), and Julia Riordan (Adrivale), Mountain Ash, Leinster Regiment, August 18th 1916 in France [notes]
  28. William Felix MacCarthy O’Leary of Coomlogane House, on 7th September 1916
  29. Michael Mahoney, on September 9th 1916, in France [notes]
  30. Cornelius Twomey, Dromagh, March 26th 1917, Arras, France [notes]
  31. Joseph Corcoran, Rathcoole, Household Cavalry, May 3rd 1917, in France [notes]
  32. Bart Kelleher, Drishane, Welsh Guards, Dec 1st 1917, in France  [notes]
  33. Capt Eugene John McSwiney, of Rathroe, R.A.M.C, on 26th December 1916
  34. Sidney Nolan, son of Margaret O’Sullivan, Cullen, Australian Forces, Jan 7th 1918, Messines Ridge in Belgium [notes]
  35. Patrick Joseph Cronin, West End, NZ Forces, died 13th Jan 1918 [notes]
  36. John F. Hickey, on January 26th 1918
  37. Daniel Francis Corkery, of West End, on March 21st 1918, in France
  38. John J. Cremin, on 23rd March 1918, near Arras in France
  39. Matthew Twomey, on 23rd March 1918 [notes]
  40. Michael O’Rahilly, Clonbanin, 6th June 1918, in Belfast War Hospital from wounds [edit]
  41. William Beirne, Aug 19 1918, St. Albans (from wounds) [notes]
  42. William E. Dennehy, Knocknakilla, US. 4th Division, Oct 7th 1918, in France
  43. Denis Healy, Cloghoulamore, U.S. 1st Division, 8th October 1918, North of Verdun [notes2]
  44. Denis Creedon, Laught, R.A.F., Oct 10 1918, on the R.M.S. Leinster which was sunk by torpedoes in the Irish Sea

The 88 more that survived:

  1. Colonel John Leader from Keale House
  2. Jeremiah Mahoney, Mill Lane, Royal Irish Rifles, who was later killed in the 1923 attack on the Carngie Hall [edit]
  3. Private Cornelius Rahilly, Dooneen and Rathcoole, Royal Irish Regiment, Prisoner of War
  4. Timothy Evoy, Royal Munster Fusiliers, son of Ellie O’Sullivan of the Station Road. [see article on Ellen Evoy]
  5. Patrick J. Donohue, Bolomore, 82nd Regiment (USA), Battle of Argonnes, France. Purple Heart and Silver Star
  6. Michael Murphy (known locally as Mick Punk), Laught & Mill Lane, the last town crier in Millstreet [notes
  7. Jim Flur O’Sullivan, Dromagh [notes]
  8. Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Millstreet, [notes]
  9. Patrick John O’Leary, son of Patrick John O’Leary of Adrivale [notes]
  10. Eugene Patrick Murphy, Glantane [notes]
  11. Jeremiah James Hegarty, Son of the Landlord Jeremiah Hegarty [notes]
  12. Michael O’Leary, son-in-law of the Landlord [notes]
  13. John V Maume [notes]
  14. Henry James Maume  [notes]
  15. Richard Maume [notes]
  16. Gerald V Maume [notes]
  17. Major Francis Verschoyle Young, Canada and Drishane [notes]
  18. John William Francis Young, Canada and Drishane [notes]
  19. Lionel Fredrick Leader, Mount Leader House
  20. Eustace Lionel Leader, Mount Leader House  [notes]
  21. Lieut. Capt George Powell, Flintfield House [notes]
  22. Patrick Hickey, Millstreet [notes]
  23. Stephen Towmey, Royal Navy [notes]
  24. Jeremiah Dennehy, The Tanyard [notes]
  25. Jeremiah Dennehy, Church Street [notes]
  26. Cornelius Crowley [notes]
  27. Brigadier Heffernan William Denis MacCarthy-O’Leary, Coomlogane House [notes]
  28. Lt. Col. John MacCarthy-O’Leary, Coomlogane House [notes]
  29. John O’Donoghue [notes]
  30. Philip St. John Howlett Kelleher, Millstreet Post Office [notes]
  31. James Murphy, Laught, US Guards [notes]
  32. Michael John Kelliher, NZ Forces [notes]
  33. Daniel Reardon, Shanakiel, Kilcorney [notes]
  34. Michael J Reardon, Shanakiel, Kilcorney [notes]
  35. Brigadier General Morgan John McCarthy O’Leary [notes]
  36. John Joseph O’Connell [notes]
  37. Robert Ripley Leader, Keale House [notes]
  38. Edward James Higgins [notes]
  39. Edward Joseph Dennehy, Connecticut [notes]
  40. Dennis Fitzpatrick, Annagloor [notes]
  41. Timothy J. O’Leary, U.S. National Army [notes]
  42. John J Buckley, Millstreet and Massachusetts [notes]
  43. John Carroll, Mill Lane and Pittsburgh [notes]
  44. Patrick Albert Kelly, Cullen and Philadelphia [notes]
  45. Jerry Hartnett, Cullen and New York [notes]
  46. John MacGillicuddy, Cullen and the Bronx [notes]
  47. Timothy Lyons, Kilcorney, Royal Navy [notes]
  48. William Fleming, South Wales Borders [notes]
  49. Edward Hudson, Royal Munster Fusiliers [notes]
  50. Patrick Kelleher, Labour Corps [notes]
  51. William Murphy (aka Lane), Royal Artillery [notes]
  52. Timothy Linehan, Irish Guards [notes]
  53. John Murphy, Oxfordshire Light Infantry [notes]
  54. Patrick O’Connor, Royal Field Artillery [notes]
  55. Patrick O’Mahoney, Cork R G (R A) [notes]
  56. Andrew Denahy, Knockduff, Royal Navy [notes]
  57. John O’Leary, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  58. Michael Sullivan, Dromtariffe, South Wales Borderers [notes]
  59. Daniel Leader, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  60. William Corcoran, Rathcoole, Royal Field Artillery [notes]
  61. Thomas Moynihan, Rathcoole, Mountain Ash, Somerset Light Infantry [notes]
  62. Patrick Moynihan, Rathcoole, Mountain Ash, [notes]
  63. John Singleton, Millstreet, Merchant Navy [notes]
  64. Laurence Francis Walshe, Millstreet, Merchant Navy [notes]
  65. Bernard Maguire, Church Street, Royal Navy [notes]
  66. James Francis McMahon, Royal Air Force [notes]
  67. George Bailey, Mount Leader Lodge [notes]
  68. Denis Buckley, Aubane, Connaught Rangers [notes]
  69. Ceryl V O’Leary, Montana [notes]
  70. Major Timothy  W. Hickey D.G.M.M.S.M, 17th/21st Lancers, Tullig & Buttevant [notes]
  71. Thomas Leary, Millstreet, Royal Munster Fusiliers [notes]
  72. John Golden, Kilcorney, Leinster Regiment [notes]
  73. Patrick Twomey, Dysert, Royal Irish Regiment [notes]
  74. George Nolan, Cullen, Australian Forces [notes]
  75. Captain John Christopher Royse Delmege, Royal Munster Fusiliers,  (wounded, pow 1917), husband of Violet Eustace Leader, Mount Leader [notes]
  76. Michael J Mullane, Upper Millview, Royal Munster Fusiliers [notes]
  77. Michael J Callahan, Killetragh, U.S. Army [notes]
  78. William Dennehy, NZ Forces [notes]
  79. Joseph P Ring, Coomlogane, Royal Navy [notes]
  80. Michael Singleton, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  81. Cornelius Sheehan, Millstreet, Connaught Rangers, POW [notes]
  82. D. Hickey, Millstreet, Royal Munster Fusiliers, Deserted [notes]
  83. Captain Robert Law – husband of Audrey Wallis of Drishane Castle
  84. Thomas Sullivan, Millstreet, US Army [notes]
  85. Patrick Duggan, Eolane, US Army [notes]
  86. William J O’Leary, Millstreet, US Army [notes]
  87. Major Daniel Aloysius Hickey, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  88. Major John McCarthy O’Leary, Coomlogane, South Lancashire Regiment [notes]
  89. Patrick Kelleher, Station Road (known as Paddy the Clipper) [notes]
  90. Timothy Daly, Murphy’s Terrace [notes]
  91. Timothy Carroll, Mill Lane Lower & Pittsburgh, US Forces [notes]
  92. Capt. Eric James Powell, Flintfield House, King’s African Rifles [notes]
  93. Ievan Herbert Powell, Lieut. in R.A.M.C.
  94. Walter Baldwin Eyre Powell, Royal Flying Corps
  95. Patrick Byrnes, Rathcoole (a Constable), Irish Guards [notes]
  96. Patrick Kelleher, Mill Lane, US Army [notes] *to be confirmed*
  97. Andrew Kelleher, Cockhill  [notes] *to be confirmed*
  98. Denis Corcoran, Kilmeedy, US Army [notes]
  99. Jeremiah Forde, Station Road [TODO]
  100. Daniel Forde, Station Road [TODO]

On top of those, there is a list of 57 Draft Registrations of Millstreet men  who were living in the US at the time of the 1917 Draft, but whose number thankfully for them weren’t called out.

Undoubtedly there are more, but we haven’t found them yet. If you have information on these or other men involved, please contact us.

If you want to see the notes above, just please ask.

24 thoughts on “Millstreet’s WWI Soldiers”

  1. I would like to see the notes for this list please. I’m wondering if any of these men are related to me.
    Regards
    Eileen Murphy

    1. That Michael Murphy (Mick Punk) of Mill Lane on the list was from Laught, a few miles out the road, and only lived on Mill Lane in his later years.
      I see that you enquired about the Murphys back in 2012:

      http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2012/07/11/genealogy-ellie-murphy-mill-lane-upper

      … but no progress was made at the time. It needs a bit more investigating. What exactly are you looking for? Is it the families further back, or is it living relations?

      1. Thanks again for responding. You keep excellent records. I have more time now to look into my family history and as I live in Charleville it will be easy for me to go to Millstreet to do a bit of research. The post helped to remind me that I would like to do it. In order to try and see if I have any living relatives in Millstreet, I will need to go back. My mother told us very little about her family and I would like to start with her mother known as Ellie Murphy when she lived in Mill Lane as a child. On her birth cert it says Ellen Gleeson so I’m guessing her mother married Bart Murphy some years after her birth, which of course means he may not have been her father. I have a certain amount of information but would love to find some relatives or someone who knew of the family and could tell me about them. Although that is probably very unlikely. I am going to pull out the information that I have and try to work out where to go from there. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Cora, this morning we had 88 in the list. We have added two today, and Timothy Daly is one of those. All we have really is his name and Murphy’s Terrace, so will have to start digging.

  2. Greetings from Michigan, USA! Can I have any info on John Carroll, Mill Lane and Pittsburgh. My great grandpa was Timothy Carroll, son of Daniel Carroll and Katherine Kelleher. I am always looking to add to my family tree. Thank you for sharing this list.

      1. Wish I could help you, but I’ve nothing done on the powells of flintfield house thus far, other than noting that all four of the boys in the family survived the war:

        Lieut. Capt George Powell, Flintfield House, RAMC
        Capt. Eric James Powell, Flintfield House, King’s African Rifles
        Ievan Herbert Powell, Lieut. in R.A.M.C.
        Walter Baldwin Eyre Powell, Royal Flying Corps

        George went out to Africa (Northern Rhodesia) after World War I with the Colonial Medical Service. He retired to a coffee farm in
        Kenya and died there in 1957.

        I will get to them eventually.

    1. Breda,
      The Patrick John O’Leary who was the son of John Patrick O’Leary (1856-1924) that is on the list was my Grandfather.
      My Great Grandfather John Patrick O’Leary left Ireland in the mid 1880’s.

      Patrick O’Leary
      Louisville, Kentucky
      USA

  3. This is a most interesting article as it highlights something that ought to have been written about years ago so thanks to Michael for this, did not realize that so many young men from Millstreet fought in World war 1, but then Ireland did lose the most men of any Country per capita in World War 1, sadly they were never honoured in Ireland due to the promise of freedom of small Nations that Lloyd George then went back on as most of these young men believed they were fighting for Irish freedom, it should not be who they fought for only what they fought for, i for one would feel a very proud migrant from Millstreet if i read that at the Easter Sunday commeration in Millstreet they had a minute silence for ‘The Brave Young Men Of Ireland’ as one small stone in a pool can cause a ripple.

    The brave young men of Ireland who died in World War One
    Their lives not celebrated when the battle had been won
    Forgotten in their Homeland not one monument to their fame
    That they are not remembered does seem an awful shame.

    Lloyd George made them a promise that if they fought under the Union Jack
    That Ireland to the Irish he would be handing back
    And they thought that they were fighting for Irish freedom when they fought on Britain’s side
    And in the trenches of Europe thousands of young Irish died.

    The brave young men of Ireland by Lloyd George were misled
    He promised for to hand back Ireland to the Irish and they believed him when he said
    That for their services to Britain’s war cause small Nations their freedom would receive
    But politicians are deceitful and they know how to deceive.

    The brave young men of Ireland by the British Prime Minister were betrayed
    He went back on a promise that to them by him was made
    They are treated as traitors in their Homeland and honour to them is denied
    Though they thought they fought for Ireland and in Ireland’s cause they died.

    They left their Irish towns and villages back in nineteen fourteen
    The brave young men of Ireland their likes not since been seen
    Yet disowned as traitors in their Homeland seems such a sad thing to say
    They fought and died for Lloyd George’s glory and their bones in Europe lay.

    The brave young men of Ireland of them we should feel proud
    They were the true war heroes where the gunfire echoed loud
    For the love of their Homeland such a sacrifice they made
    But never in their honour a ceremony or parade.

    [1]

  4. Hi Michael,
    Congratulations on compiling this historic and amazing list.
    Another man who survived WW2 is Denis Corcoran, my uncle. He emigrated from Kilmeedy to the US in 1917 and was immediately conscripted into the US army, not realizing this would happen. After several month training he was sent to France and served there with the US army for nine months, till the end of the war. After the war he joined the New York Fire Dept. He retired to Ireland in the 1950s and lived at the Killarney Road, near Neily Duggan’s, opposite Charlie Cooper’s, and later in the Clara Road. He died in 1973 and is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery, where the US Army erected a headstone similar to the ones in the military cemeteries in France.
    He had two brothers who lived in Millstreet, Darby (draper in the West End) and Mick (home farm in Kilmeedy), also two sisters, Peggy (nurse) and Katie (my mother in Cloughoulabeg)

    Regards
    Con Kelleher

    1. Thanks Con,
      indeed you are right about your uncle. I missed him because his place of birth was transcribed as “Nillstreet” instead of Millstreet.
      I will forward you the notes on him

      1. Thanks, Michael, for sending me that huge amount of information in the notes for Denis Corcoran. It’s nice to know the correct year when he emigrated, namely 1914 and not 1917 as I thought. Also that he went with neighbours, the Healys, Denis (who was later killed in the war) and Margaret from Cloughoulamore, both of whom then travelled on to San Francisco, while Denis Corcoran stayed in New York till he was conscripted into the army.

        Once again, congrats on a monumental achievement.
        Con Kelleher

  5. Hi Michael,
    I would like to add two more names to the list of Millstreet men who returned from WWI.
    Jeremiah and Daniel Forde, Station Road, brothers of Patrick who was killed 1st Sept. 1914.

    Jeremiah joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers in Cork and fought in Egypt and perhaps France as well.

    Daniel joined the Royal Engineers Inland Water Transport in Mallow. He was in Basra and Mesopotamia.

    Patrick`s name is on memorial in La Ferte – Sous- Jouarre near Paris.
    This memorial commemorates over 3700 British and Irish soldiers with no known grave who fell in battle in that area in Aug. Sept. and early Oct. 1914.
    I would be interested in any notes you may have on my father Jeremiah and his two brothers.

    Thank you for keeping the memory of these brave men from our town alive.

    Donie Forde.

    1. Many thanks Donie for letting me know of these two soldiers that are missing from the list.
      Indeed I had notes on Jeremiah, but for some reason he didn’t get on the list. It makes me think that there are a few more in my notes that I have missed, so I will have to go back and track them down.
      My notes on Patrick are not complete, and need to be done. However I have no notes at all on Daniel, and a quick search revealed nothing either.
      I will forward you the notes on Jeremiah privately, and the notes on Patrick and Daniel as soon as they are ready. Michael

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.