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]

[read more …] “Millstreet’s WWI Soldiers”

WWI: Draft Registrations from Millstreet in the U.S.A.

Fifty seven Millstreet men were living in America at the time of the 1917 WWI Draft Register. All had to register. Some were chosen to fight, but fortunately for some, their numbers were not called out to fight in WWI.There were in all likely-hood others, but these are the ones we know whose numbers were not called out:

John Joseph Denahy, born in Adrivale [in edit]

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Thomas Patrick Barry

First name(s) Thomas Patrick
Last name Barry
Birth year 1892
Birth date 01 Nov 1892
Birth place Millstreet,County Cork,Ireland
Residence Detroit City no 1
State Michigan
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1686018828

(draft card on computer)

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First name(s) Timothy Daniel
Last name Buckley
Birth year 1893
Birth date 28 Feb 1893
Birth place Millstreet,County Cork,Ireland
Residence Brighton City no 25
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1648565354

draft card image on computer

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First name(s) Jerry
Last name Casey
Birth year 1895
Birth date 16 Nov 1895
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Lane County
State Oregon
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1693751142

draft card on computer

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First name(s) Patrick Joseph
Last name Daly
Birth year 1895
Birth date 05 Dec 1895
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Tewksbury City no 19
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1648676962

draft registration on computer

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First name(s) Denis
Last name Dennehy
Birth year 1890
Birth date 12 Oct 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Fairfield County no 13
State Connecticut
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1649498647

draft registration on computer

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First name(s) James Thomas
Last name Fitzgerald
Birth year 1891
Birth date 10 Jul 1891
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Brookline City
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1648847925

draft registration on computer

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First name(s) Cornelius William
Last name Harrington
Birth year 1888
Birth date 07 Feb 1888
Birth place Millstreet Cork,Ireland
Residence Somerville City no 2
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1649060149

draft card on computer

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First name(s) Michael
Last name Harrington
Birth year 1893
Birth date 11 Apr 1893
Birth place Millstreet Cork,Cork,Ireland
Residence Somerville City no 2
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1649049875

draft card on computer

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First name(s) Timothy F
Last name Harnedy
Sex Male
Birth year 1889
Birth date 14 Feb 1889
Place of birth as transcribed Drishane,Cork
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Ireland
Residence Churchill County, Clark County, Douglas County, Elko County
State Nevada
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards

 

 

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First name(s) Jeremiah
Last name Callahan
Sex Male
Birth year 1894
Birth date 15 Mar 1894
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Great Britain Ireland
Residence Livingston County
State New York
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards

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Con Walsh, the famous hammer thrower from carriganima was draft registered in america

. http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2012/08/11/con-walsh-olympic-bronze-medalist

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correct millstreet?
First name(s) Charles
Last name Ford
Birth year 1888
Birth date 10 Oct 1888
Birth place Milstreet,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 4
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

Parents Patrick Forde and Julia Riordan of Gortaveha

https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/020a2b0280636

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First name(s) Peter
Last name Keefe
Birth year 1893
Birth date 06 Jan 1893
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Lawrence City no 1
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John Joseph
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1886
Birth date 04 Dec 1886
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 10
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Michael
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1891
Birth date 06 Jan 1891
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Marin County
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Patrick
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1892
Birth date 17 Mar 1892
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Charleston City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Jeremiah
Last name Lenehan
Birth year 1894
Birth date 17 Jan 1894
Birth place Millstreet Cork,Ireland
Residence Niagara County no 2
State New York
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Jeremiah J
Last name Linehan
Birth year 1888
Birth date 28 Mar 1888
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence New Haven City no 6
State Connecticut
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

Born 28th March 1888 to Bartholomew Linehan (labourer) and Elizabeth Keily of Knocknageehy

1897 – mother Elizabeth died of pneumonia – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/ead9e811758062

1901 census – mother is missing – http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Cork/Derragh/Knocknageeha_West/1150244/

1911 census – Jeremiah has left – http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cork/Cullen/Knocknageeha_West/435998/

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First name(s) Fred
Last name Lynch
Birth year 1890
Birth date 22 Mar 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Cleveland City no 6
State Ohio
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

no sign of birth registration or in the census

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First name(s) Thomas Michael
Last name Lynch
Birth year 1891
Birth date 30 May 1891
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Boston City no 5
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

born on 15th April 1890 to Michael Lynch (Farmer Labourer) and Hanora (nano) Dennehy of Caherbarnagh, Ballydaly

https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/202b856058518

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Cork/Caherbarnagh/Ballydaly/1150923/

still in caherbarnagh in 1911

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cork/Caherbarnagh/Ballydaly/436678/

the same one?

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First name(s) Michael Joseph
Last name Mahoney
Birth year 1890
Birth date 21 Dec 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland,England
Residence Boston City no 5
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

was this the same michael that had returned from the US and was killed in 1916. NO!
the birth date etc above are correct.
he was the son of Daniel Mahony (publican) main street and kate sheehan
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/a7835a6082799

1901 census – father is a road contractor
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Cork/Drishane/Main_Street/1151669/

1911 he was still at home with parents aged 21 – a general labourer
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cork/Drishane/Main_Street/437408/

(added also to his own article)

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First name(s) Jeremiah
Last name Mccann
Birth year 1887
Birth date 29 May 1887
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence South Boston City no 10
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Timothy
Last name Mcsweeney
Birth year 1893
Birth date 26 Jan 1893
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 6
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) James
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1901
Birth date 14 Apr 1901
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 5
State California
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Jerry
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1892
Birth date Dec 1892
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Coos County
State New Hampshire
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1890
Birth date 12 Jan 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 5
State California
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John
Last name Murphy
Sex Male
Birth year 1892
Birth date 08 Sep 1892
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet Cork
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Ireland
Residence Silver Bow County
State Montana
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Card

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First name(s) Patrick C
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1895
Birth date 06 Jan 1895
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Contra Costa County no 2
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

Name Patrick C Murphy
Event Type Draft Registration
Event Date 1917-1918
Event Place Contra Costa County no 2, California, United States
Gender Male
Nationality Ireland
Birth Date 06 Jan 1895
Birthplace Millstreet, Cork, Ireland

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZVZ-V97

 

First name(s) Timothy
Last name O’Leary
Birth year 1893
Birth date 23 Jun 1893
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Cleveland City no 7
State Ohio
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Daniel Edmund
Last name O’Meara
Birth year 1888
Birth date 10 Dec 1888
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Chicago City no 85
State Illinois
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Patrick Joseph
Last name O’Shea
Birth year 1887
Birth date 17 Mar 1887
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Charleston City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John Aloysius
Last name Reardon
Birth year 1889
Birth date 05 Aug 1889
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Lawrence City no 2
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Matthew
Last name Riordan
Birth year 1894
Birth date 10 Jul 1894
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Brockton City no 1
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Cornelius
Last name Rioridan
Birth year 1892
Birth date 02 Sep 1892
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence New York City no 158
State New York
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Timothy J
Last name Ryan
Birth year 1888
Birth date 16 Aug 1888
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Malden City no 1
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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irst name(s) Dennis Joseph
Last name Ryan
Sex Male
Birth year 1895
Birth date 21 Feb 1895
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country United States
Residence Herkimer County No 1
State New York
Country United States
NARA series M1509
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First name(s) James
Last name Mcdonald
Birth year 1895
Birth date 16 Oct 1895
Birth place Kilcorney,Cork,Ireland
Residence Needham City no 33
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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First name(s) John J
Last name Sullivan
Birth year 1888
Birth date 25 Nov 1888
Birth place Kilcorney,Cork,Ireland
Residence Hyde Park City no 24
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
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First name(s) Dennis
Last name Sullivan
Sex Male
Birth year 1896
Birth date 06 Jan 1896
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet,Cork
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Great Britain
Residence Silver Bow County
State Montana
Country United States
NARA series M1509
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First name(s) Denis Ed
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1890
Birth date 23 Apr 1890
Birth place Dromtarriff Cork,Ireland
Residence New York City no 119
State New York
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
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First name(s) William Bernard
Last name Fitzgerald
Birth year 1894
Birth date 31 Aug 1894
Birth place Cullen,Cork,Ireland
Residence Lawrence City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
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First name(s) Thomas
Last name Ring
Birth year 1891
Birth date Jul 1891
Birth place Cullen,Cork,Ireland
Residence New York City no 116
State New York
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Son of Thomas Ring and Hanoria Ring of Molloghrue

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Daniel Cronin

Drafted in the USA 1918

Daniel Cronin
1882–1962
BIRTH 20 DEC 1882 • Keale, Millstreet Parish, Cork, Ireland
DEATH 28 FEB 1962 • Terrell, Kaufman, Texas, USA

Parents:
Michael Cronin1845–1926
Hannah Linehan 1857–1952
[ancestry]

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First name(s) Cornelius
Last name Cronin
Birth year 1887
Birth date 15 Oct 1887
Birth place Cullen,Miltsneo county Cork,Great Britain
Residence New York City no 166
State New York
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Timothy Michael
Last name Leahy
Birth year 1887
Birth date 04 Mar 1887
Birth place Rathcoole Cork,Ireland
Residence Contra Costa County no 2
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Thomas Patrick
Last name Barry
Birth year 1892
Birth date 01 Nov 1892
Birth place Mill Street Cork,Ireland
Residence Detroit City no 14
State Michigan
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Batt
Last name Crowley
Birth year 1886
Birth date 04 Oct 1886
Birth place Mill Street,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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First name(s) Thomas James
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1890
Birth date 28 Jul 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Charleston City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Peter
Last name Lehene
Birth year 1886
Birth date 29 Jun 1886
Birth place Mill Street Cork,Ireland
Residence Everett City
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britian
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) John Thomas
Last name O’Hare
Birth year 1889
Birth date 01 Mar 1889
Birth place Mill Street,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) William
Last name Singleton
Birth year 1896
Birth date 02 Jul 1896
Birth place Mill Street,Cork,Ireland
Residence Lake County
State Oregon
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Dennis
Last name Healy
Birth year 1892
Birth date 06 Jun 1892
Birth place Millsstreet Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Daniel
Last name Donohue
Birth year 1888
Birth date 30 Mar 1888
Birth place Mill St Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) James
Last name Moynihan
Birth year 1890
Birth date 25 May 1890
Birth place Drishane Cork,Ireland
Residence Jamaica Plain City no 22
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
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Subcategory First World War
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possibly from the drishane in west cork?

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Edward Joseph Kelleher

WWI Draft Registration Card (Pittsburg City):
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/6482/005270463_04602/25408932

born in millstreet. his contact Mrs Ellen Kelleher (mother?)

this birth?
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1869/03390/2243118.pdf

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/76958827/person/44353589878/facts

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/76958827/person/44353589878/facts

WWI: Denis Creedon, Laught (1887-1918)

Today marks the centenary of the sinking of the Royal Mail Ship Leinster (10am October 10th 1918), after it was struck by two torpedoes from a German U-Boat 16 miles  off the Dublin coast near the Kish Lighthouse. Commemorations are taking place in Dún Laoghaire for the 501+ passengers and crew died that day, the worst maritime disaster on the Irish Sea. Many of the passengers were military who were returning from leave in Ireland.

Among them was  Dennis Creedon, of Laught, the son of Jeremiah and Norah Creedon, who was returning to Britain after leave at home.  He was 31 years and left a wife Julia behind him. He was the last local person from Millstreet to die in World War I.

He had moved to Wales where he was working in the mines. He married Julia Moynihan in 1913, and when the war broke out, like his three brother in laws, he joined the British Army, seemingly like many others, for a better income to support his family. His time was apparently uneventful, and he was based in Bedford. He received a promotion to Corporal and transferred to the RAF on 17th September 1918 (#301441), where his trade within the army was as a “Hospital Orderly”. Having been on leave, he was returning to Britain, when he was drowned that day. His body was recovered, and was sent to Millstreet by train where it was waked in St. Patrick’s Church, and the following day buried at Kilcorney Cemetery with his family. He is also commemorated at the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.


[read more …] “WWI: Denis Creedon, Laught (1887-1918)”

WWI: Patrick J. Donohue of Bolomore

In 1906, 17 year old Patrick Donohue from Bolomore, Rathcoole, a farmer’s son, one of nine children, arrived in Lawrence, Massachusetts, looking for work. He probably never imagining that a few years later he would be hailed a hero in France, earning a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.

Paddy, as he was known, was a Mill Worker in Lawrence, enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 to fight in World War I. He was assigned to Company G, 328th Infantry, 82nd All American Division. After training, he was sent to Europe in May 1918. On October 8th, 1918, he was one of 17 American soldiers that were tasked with taking out German machine gun nests near Châtel-Chéhéry on the French-German border. Hugely outnumbered by the Germans, they broke through the German line took a large number of prisoners, but then came under huge gun fire and suffered casualties, Donoghue also being wounded, but they still managed to take out the machine gunners, causing the Germans to withdraw, allowing the Allies to get behind the German lines.

G Company was known to the public because of the 1941 movie, Sergeant York, starring Garry Cooper (see the movie clips below). Sgt.  York got the credit and Gary Cooper got the Academy Award. But as we know, one man alone was not responsible for the German defeat. Private Patrick Paddy J. Donohue of Lawrence was one of the unsung heroes of that battle.

[read more …] “WWI: Patrick J. Donohue of Bolomore”

WWI: William Edward Dennehy, Knocknakilla (1890 – 1918)

At the far end of Drishane Cemetery lie the remains of William E. Dennehy,  who died serving the U.S. army, a hundred years ago today near the France-Belgium border. He was the second-last Millstreet man to die in World War I, only four weeks before the armistice that finished the war.

Born in Knocknakilla in 1890 to Daniel Dennehy and Margaret Murphy, he had and older brother Jeremiah and a younger sister Mary. Life must have been tough as his father died of TB when he was only three, so it was likely that the family was very poor. His grandfather lived with them until he died in 1906, and by 1911 we know that both boys were working as agricultural labourers. Two years later William moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where his aunt Mary and her husband Patrick Long (of Aubane) were living. He worked as a leather handler at the Armour Leather Company, and sent what spare money he had back home to support his family, but in 1917 he got drafted into the American  army. He didn’t want to go as he stated in his draft registration that he was the breadwinner for his mother and sister. It didn’t matter. From September 1917 he trained in Camp Devens in the 301st Infantry, “Bostons Own”. In June 1918 he became an American citizen, and was transported to war in Europe aboard the S.S. Cedric, leaving New York on July 6th 1918. Landing in Europe the 301st was disbanded, and William was assigned to the 163rd, and two weeks later to the 58th Infantry, part of 8th Infantry Brigade, which was assigned to the 4th Division.
He saw action in Toulon, St. Mihiel, and finally in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, where he was reported missing on October 7th 1918 at Bois de Fays, about 3km west of the town of Brieulles-sur-Meuse.
He was buried there, but the American public wanted their fallen boys brought home. The French blocked the repatriations for three years, but relented, and eventually on May 21st 1922, sixty-four US soldiers of Irish birth arrived in Dublin at the request of their families. William was one of those, and he was brought to Millstreet and given his final resting place in Drishane Cemetery.

The Dennehy family around 1900. Left to right: Margaret (mother), Jeremiah, Mary, and William

[read more …] “WWI: William Edward Dennehy, Knocknakilla (1890 – 1918)”

Presentation of Important Historic Items to Millstreet Museum

In this Easter Week 2018 we celebrate the recent presentation by Noreen O’Sullivan (née Hickey of Mill Lane, Millstreet), Kilcummin, Killarney of three wonderfully historic items relating to Denis Hickey who was awarded a prestigious medal having died in Gallipoli in 1915.   The excellent items are presented in memory of the late Owen Hickey, Coolatouder, Kileady, Ballinhassig whose father, Ted, is a native of Mill Lane, Millstreet.   The brother of Denis, J.F. Hickey of the Royal Irish Regiment who died in 1918 is remembered in the West End Cemetery.  We wish to express our sincere thanks to Noreen, Ted and the Hickey Family for this very important historic presentation to Millstreet Museum. Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Presentation of Important Historic Items to Millstreet Museum”

WWI: John J. Cremin ( – 1918)

Just over a hundred years ago, on or about March 23rd 1918, another Millstreet man was killed in World War One. He was John J. Cremin, a gunner with the “C” Battery of the 79th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, and was killed on Flanders Fields, near the French / Belgian border. He is one of 35,000 men who died in WWI near Arras that have no grave, but whose name is listed on Bay 1 at the Arras Memorial.

But, we know little else about him, other than he was from Millstreet. Does anyone know who he was, or where he came from? or anything else.

Ireland Casualties of World War I 1914-1922 for John Cremin [1]
[read more …] “WWI: John J. Cremin ( – 1918)”

PTE. Daniel Francis Corkery, 6919, 2ND BATTALION, ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS

Daniel Corkery of West End, Millstreet died on this day a hundred years ago in WWI (March 21st 1918), from wounds suffered during the German Kaiserschlacht (Spring Offensive).

PTE. DANIEL CORKERY, 6919, 2ND BATTALION, ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS

(27th April 1897 – 21st March 1918)
(He died this day 100 years ago)

by Kevin O’Byrne

On September 4th 1915, the ship, ‘The Hesperian‘, left Liverpool bound for Canada. Some 350 passengers were on board. At 8.30 pm as darkness was falling, she passed the Fastnet Rock. Without warning, Captain Schweiger, in a German submarine, launched a torpedo which struck ‘The Hesperian’ in the forward engine room. Captain Main of ‘The Hesperian’ ordered the passengers and crew into lifeboats but he remained on the bridge with his officers. The German submarine was the same one that sunk the ‘Lusitania’ on May 7th, 1915 with a loss of almost 1200 lives.

This time 32 lives were lost. Among the survivors was my Uncle, Daniel Corkery from West End, Millstreet, Co. Cork. On Sept 3rd he had sent a card with a picture of the Hesperian to his father saying that he had just boarded the ship. On Sept 6th his father had a letter from Danny in Queenstown (Cobh) informing him that the ship had been torpedoed 400 miles from the town. The lifeboat, my uncle was in, was picked up by ‘The Empress’ which had come out from Queenstown to rescue people.

2014-12-07 Pte Daniell Corkery - Torpedoing of the Hesperian - More of the SurvivorsAfter this ordeal my uncle appears to have stayed at home for some time. On Tuesday April l8th, 1916, he joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers (RMF) and left for the Tralee depot on Easter Sunday April 23rd 1916. From then until he was sent to France on December 1st 1916, he wrote several letters home to [read more …] “PTE. Daniel Francis Corkery, 6919, 2ND BATTALION, ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS”

WWI: Private John F. Hickey

On this day one hundred years ago, Private John Francis Hickey of Mill Lane was killed in an accident. He is one of only two WWI soldiers killed during wartime that is buried in St.Patrick’s Church Cemetery in Millstreet:

SAD DEATH OF MILLSTREET MAN IN CORK.
Deep regret was felt in Millstreet and locality when the sad news of the death under tragic circumstances of Private John F. Hickey, 2nd Royal Irish Regiment, at the Cork Railway Station, became known. The deceased joined the colours at the outbreak of the war, and had been on active service at the front, and was wounded on two occasions. The deceased was a general favourite in Millstreet, and his untimely end has evoked deep regret. At Christmas he was at home on leave for a few weeks, and was then in the best of health. On Tuesday a large and representative concourse of people assembled at the Millstreet Railway Station, awaiting the remains off the 2.50 train from Cork, and accompanied the remains to the family burial ground at Millstreet churchyard. Deep regret is extended to his family in their sad affliction. The prayers at the graveside were recited by the Rev. J. Breen, CC, Millstreet. A beautiful wreath from his comrades was placed on his grave. The chief mourners were: Mr. Timothy Hickey (brother), Mrs. Ellen Hickey, and Master Frank Hickey of Mill Lane.  (Cork Examiner 1/2/1918)

[read more …] “WWI: Private John F. Hickey”

WWI: Capt Eugene John McSwiney (1890-1916)

eugene-john-mcswiney-02Fresh out of UCD medical school in 1915 where he qualified in surgery and midwifery, Eugene John McSwiney like most in the medical school before him at the time joined the British Army, presumably to get experience for his new qualification.

The Royal Army Medical Corps was probably considered one of the safer jobs in the army as you weren’t being bombarded, but a little over a year later on St.Steven’s Day 1916 (100 years ago today) the doctor from Rathroe House Eugene John had passed away from pneumonia at the Naval Barracks in Devonport (Plymouth), England, after which his body was returned to Ireland and buried in Millstreet Church Graveyard, one of only two from WWI to be buried there.

Born in Johnstown House, Kilmichael on December 7th 1890, an only child to Margaret McCarthy (of Dromagh) and Dr. Morgan McSwiney. Morgan was the local doctor and Justice of the Peace, but he died young of gallstones in 1906, and a few years later in the 1911 census, Margaret and Eugene John had moved and were living with Margaret’s Brother Michael and family in Ardnageeha Dispensary, near Cullen. Soon after that they moved to Rathroe House, Derrinagree with Margaret’s other brothers where Margaret lived until she passed away in 1936.

Eugene John entered Queens College Cork medical school in 1908, and did well, being awarded prizes in Botany and Chemistry in his first year. He moved to UCD Medical School in 1912, and finished his final exams in Midwifery and Surgery in 1915. From there he joined the the Royal Army Medical Corps, and little did he expect to be gone himself in just over a year. [read more …] “WWI: Capt Eugene John McSwiney (1890-1916)”

Colonel John Leader of Keale House

john-leader-of-keale-house-01“Colonel John Leader is, above all things, modest, for he insists on saying, when asked about his life, ‘My hideous past?’ Why nothing exciting ever happened to me.” Passing over the fact that he has seen service with all the allies but one, has been an interpreter of Japanese, Chinese and German, Colonel Leader said, “I guess the thing I was most proud of was winning my ‘blues’ at college.” Blues are what Americans call letters meaning that Colonel Leader was a “letter man” at his school. He won letters in mostly everything. He was captain of the hockey, polo, soccer and lawn tennis teams.”

John Leader was born in Quetta, a high-altitude city in modern-day Pakistan, to Irish parents in 1877. He was born into a long line of military men; his father, Surgeon-Major John Leader, was a colonel who enjoyed a distinguished career in the British military service. He left India when a small boy, and journeyed to his family home in Ireland. The Leaders have an old moated hall at Keale in Cork, where the last fourteen John Leaders have lived. The old family name was Temple until the time of the Battle of Boynewater, when John Temple from Keale took such an important part in the conflict that King William renamed him Leader, and Leaders they have remained. Although born in India, Colonel Leader is thoroughly Irish, and has all the Irish humor of his ancestors. [read more …] “Colonel John Leader of Keale House”

WWI: Lieutenant William Felix MacCarthy O’Leary

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William Felix MacCarthy O’Leary

Lieut. Wm. F. MacCARTHY O’LEARY, Royal Munster Fusiliers.
Killed in action in France on September 7th, 1916. Aged 22.

In “Billy” MacCarthy O’Leary we have lost one who was so recently amongst us that many boys still at the College remember well the tall form and good-humoured face of one who was a general favourite with his school-fellows. The notice from The Times for September 9th, which we print below, briefly summarises his career :-

“Lieut. William Felix MacCarthy O’Leary, Royal Munster Fusiliers, killed on September 7th, 1916, aged 22, was the son o f the late Lieut. Col. W. MacCarthy O’Leary and Mrs. O’Leary, of Coomlagane House, Millstreet, Co. Cork. His father was killed in action while commanding the 1st Bn. The South Lancashire Regt. at Pieter’s Hill, Natal, on February 27th, 1900. He was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and when war broke out was at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, whence he was gazetted to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was with his battalion at the Dardanelles, and was wounded in the attack on June 28th, 1915. He rejoined his regiment in August, but was sent down to Alexandria with enteric (typhoid), and after some months’ illness was invalided home last December. He rejoined his regiment at the front in July. His two elder brothers are serving in the South Lancashire Regt. and the Royal Irish Fusiliers.”

In a letter to Mrs. MacCarthy O’Leary acquainting her with her son’s death, the Colonel of the regiment wrote :— [read more …] “WWI: Lieutenant William Felix MacCarthy O’Leary”

O’Leary Letter from Adrivale – December 1918 (2nd of 3)

At the end of 1918, World War I was just over to the relief of all. Delivery of letters over and back across the atlantic returned to normality, and Patrick O’Leary of Adrivale wrote letters to his sister and brother in America, giving them the news of Ireland and his reaction to hearing that his nephew Patsy from Ohio was among the troops in France. Below is the second of three letters sent to us by Patsy’s grandson Patrick O’Leary, which was written to his sister Sister Mary Francis in the US.
As it happens Patrick arrived in Ireland today for the O’Leary Clan Gathering in Ballyvourney this week.
1918-12-23-oleary-letter-from-adrivale-page-01 [read more …] “O’Leary Letter from Adrivale – December 1918 (2nd of 3)”

Private Cornelius Rahilly 10714

rahilly-photoOn seeing Seán’s article yesterday on the anniversary of the death of Roger Casement, Carmel reminded us of her grandfather local man Con O’Rahily who was one of the men in Casement’s Brigade.

Born on February 14th 1895 at the home of Mary Kelleher and Cornelius Rahilly, at Dooneen. He joined the Royal Irish Regiment in May 1913, and arrived in France on August 13th that same year.He was soon captured in the retreat from Mons. His battalion had retreated under the weight of the advancing Germans. After two days of retreating with little food nor water, pounded continually by German artillery, the next night their officer got them lost in the dark, and they woke the next morning looking down the wrong end of a German machine gun. He describes how the 15 of them captured were deliberately machine gunned by the Germans, and only 9 survived, including the officer. The Germans suspected them of using dumdum bullets and it took a great deal of negotiation by the officer to get their lives spared. As a prisoner of war, he was moved from camp to camp, until one day a German officer was recruiting for an Irish Brigade. Within this brigade Roger Casement made a recruiting speech in February 1915. Casement sought to send a well-equipped and well-organized Irish unit to Ireland, to fight against Britain, in the aim of achieving independence for Ireland. Such an action was to be concurrent with the ongoing war between Britain and Germany, thereby providing indirect aid to the German cause, without the ex-POWs fighting in the Imperial Germany Army itself. In spite of his eloquence only the 56 joined, but Con was one of those. They were trained by [read more …] “Private Cornelius Rahilly 10714”

Private Patrick Byrne, kia 19th January 1915

Private 1914-12-03 Last Will of Patrick ByrnePatrick Byrne died on this day January 19th in 1915 in the Ypres area of Belgium from wounds received in action. He is commemorated at the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres IX. A. 61.

He enlisted in Mallow in December 1914, and joined the Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) – 2nd Battalion, Service no. 3563.

He had been born on 24th March 1882 in the Millstreet Union Workhouse to Joseph Byrne and Catherine (née Kelleher, and who married Callaghan after Joseph died).

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The below extract gives idea of what he and his regiment had to endure at that time in January 1915:
It was on the 12th of January 1915, that we relieved the Cameron Highlanders in the trenches round St.Eloi, a place with which the Battalion will be long and honourably associated. One company moved up to the famous mound. The way led through a morass which although some twenty yards wide required an hour to traverse, for we went up to our armpits in the frightful mud and some men had to be hauled through by man force by three or four comerades. [read more …] “Private Patrick Byrne, kia 19th January 1915”

Denis Kelleher, KIA in WWI 100 years ago today

On this day 100 years ago (12th January 1916), Denis Kelleher of Flintfield was killed in action on the Calais area of France, part of the Western Front of WWI at the time. He was 36 years of age.

He was a guardsman with the Irish Guards 2nd Battalion, with whom he enlisted in Deptford, Surrey. He is buried in Grave A21 in  Rue-du-Bacquerot Graveyard (13th London), Laventine. The inscription by Mr J. Kelleher Keale Bridge reads: “On his soul, Jesus have Mercy”.

Last will of Denis Kelleher, Flintfield. WWI 1916-01-12 a Last will of Denis Kelleher, Flintfield. WWI 1916-01-12 b

The last will of Denis Kelleher (written on 3rd August 1915)

[read more …] “Denis Kelleher, KIA in WWI 100 years ago today”

Denis Hickey died this day 100 years ago in Gallipoli

1915 Denis Hickey - last informal willLance-Corporal Denis Hickey died this day 100 years ago in Gallipoli, Saturday November 27th 1915, having arrived there on August 16h.

Officially it is stated that he was killed in action, but it appears that while the fighting had almost ceased in Gallipoli at the time, the weather may have been a factor in his death: “Late in the month gales swept over the peninsula, hundreds were drowned in the flooded trenches or from exposure or frostbite”.

He is commemorated at the Helles Memorial, Panel 185 to 190.

Born in Millstreet, he was one of about twenty Millstreet men that died in the great war, but we have been able to find out little about him. Does anyone have some background on him, or know someone that does ?

[read more …] “Denis Hickey died this day 100 years ago in Gallipoli”

On this day 100 years ago: Michael Desmond died in Gallipoli

7004 Private Michael Desmond, 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers was born in Millstreet on January 9th in 1884 to John and Mary Desmond of Claramore, and was baptised the following day in St.Patrick’s Church Millstreet.  Michael was from a large family who lived in Claramore, until they  moved to Liscahane in 1906 (?). At 17 Michael was working as a farm labourer in Caherbarnagh, and was working for Charles McCarthy on Feb 2nd 1902 when he enlisted to the British Army in Mallow. 48 days later he joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers. We have no account of him from there on. Records say that he later enlisted in Tralee, Kerry, and landed at V Beach on the first day of the Gallipoli landingsMichael Desmond Medals on 25 April 1915 only to be killed in action on the following day 26th April aged 31. He is buried at V Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey. Plot: Special Memorial A. 36.

* His posthumous war medals (pictured right) were sold last year. Here are the details from the online sale: “1914-15 Star officially named to 7004 Pte. M. Desmond R. Muns. Fus and Memorial Plaque (considerably pitted) to Michael Desmond. Also with badly damaged and erased British War Medal disc and WW2 mounted [read more …] “On this day 100 years ago: Michael Desmond died in Gallipoli”

Millstreet’s WWI Dead

Names, dates and places of death taken from the Irish Memorial Records, listing all those from Millstreet that died in WWI over in Europe.

 

  • LONG TIMOTHY 1914-08-27 FRANCE, from KILCORNEY
  • O’LEARY EDWARD 1914-10-03 FRANCE
  • CRONIN DANIEL 1914-10-19 FRANCE
  • BYRNE PATRICK 1915-01-19 FRANCE
  • DESMOND MICHAEL 1915-04-26 GALLIPOLI
  • MURPHY JAMES 1915-08-09 GALLIPOLI
  • HICKEY DENIS 1915-11-27 GALLIPOLI
  • BREEN DENIS 1916-03-27 FRANCE
  • KELLEHER DENIS 1916-01-12 FRANCE
  • CREEDON PATRICK 1916-04-30 FRANCE
  • BENNETT DANIEL 1916-05-09 FRANCE,  from DROMTARRIFFE
  • MAHONEY MICHAEL 1916-09-09 FRANCE
  • HICKEY JOHN F. 1918-01-26
  • CORKERY DANIEL 1918-03-21 FRANCE
  • CREMIN JOHN 1918-03-23 FRANCE

Note: the Irish Memorial Record is incomplete, often incorrect and can contain duplicates. Nonetheless it is interesting information. From a discussion on wartime newspapers which lists all the dead from Cork

update (2014-01-12): this article has been superceeded by another which has more WW1 war dead, and much more information on each one