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Mark1959
54 minutes ago, George Rayner said:

My FMP subscription doesn't stretch to knowing what it says though!

Does not say anything apart from Died 4/11/17. France. Capt

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museumtom

Yes mark, thank you, very skimpy info. I have come across this before with I.M.R. where it clearly got its info from the newspapers.

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Mark1959

CWGC only list 21 O'connors killed between 1/10 and 30/11. Only one an officer (Lt) and only 2 JJs - neither of which is an officer. Indeed looking at whole war they are not many candidates and none really fit. A toughie!

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museumtom

Good man Mark, you are right  it is a toughie indeed.

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George Rayner

FMP have a RMF Lt-possibly same one as Mark found died 10/11/17

First name(s) Joseph Harris
Last name O'connor
Service number -
Rank Lt
Regiment Royal Munster Fusiliers
Battalion 5th Battalion
Battalion details -
Residence -
Birth place -
Enlistment place -
Death year 1917
Death day 10
Death month 11
Cause of death Killed in action

https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBM%2FWWISD%2F1027660

 

George

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Mark1959

Which paper was the article in?

JH was an American from Ohio. Father, JC or poss JE, Irish, mother from Rhode Island, Norah H. There is a will register image for him which gives an address of Asylum, Roscommon - mother showing as executor. No known grave. Remembered at Tyne Cot. Effects record says attached 2 RMF. No obvious link to Westmeath. In US censuses of 1900 and 1910 in Ohio. 

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George Rayner

Thanks Mark-clutching at straws really.

 

Perhaps this one?

 

14 December 1917 - Irish Independent - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

 

George

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George Rayner

Has anybody been able to track a JJ O'Connor in Westmeath-or elsewhere come to that?

 

I cannot find any sign at all in Ancestry or FMP

 

George

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Mark1959

No; he is and may well remain a complete mystery

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Bardess

Without a subscription at the moment but, somehow, the idea of him being a Chaplain surfaced. I've looked on TNA but, obviously, they don't have a MIC. Struggling bigtime

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museumtom

Kind regards.

 Tom.,Thank you for trying Bardess!

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George Rayner

There do appear to be 2/3 Chaplain/Revd I think from my surfing today. I'll re-visit

 

Tom-was the newspaper reference the correct one?

 

George

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museumtom

Thank you George, yes the item is from the Irish Examiner. image.png.940464d1c44781d37309ce98b96dcbbe.png

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George Rayner

Hurrah! Great team here Tom well done to you.

 

Now this O'Connor man.....

 

 

George

(I have no idea!)

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museumtom

A great team it surely is George, and as for the O'Connor lad, sure we have more hits than misses!!

Kind regards.

Tom.

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24 minutes ago, museumtom said:

A great team it surely is George, and as for the O'Connor lad, sure we have more hits than misses!!

Kind regards.

Tom.

Nice to see you're still at it Tom ! Every one found is a bonus.

 

Craig

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museumtom

Thank you Craig, yes indeed still at it. Will it ever be finished, not on yer Nelly.

Kind regards.

 Tom.

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museumtom

Just when you thought it was going to get easier. Nope not a chance. Now this lad looks a doddle to find. Don't bet on it!!

Can you help please?

The snippet is from the Irish Examiner. 26/08/1916.

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Kind regards.

 Tom.

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Mark1959

Very few W O'Reilly who were KIA and none in the month of July in any of the WW1 years. Expanding the search to all O'Reillys does not help/ So may be looking for an alias.

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George Rayner

Oh goody! Another of Tom's mystery men under an alias! Think I prefer your naval men Tom!

 

George

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museumtom

Thanks Mark and George. The thing is I have seen this name before spelled, Reilly, Rielly, Riley, O'Riley, O'Rielly, and O'Reilly, so we are all screwed, I reckon. George, the naval men really are the hardest to find. Only the most gifted pals can find these. 

Kind regards.

 Tom.

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Mark1959

Look under William Desmond 29104

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/251395/desmond,-/

WFA card shows really William O'Reilly 

Looks like there was a Denis who drowned on 9/1/18. Address in Cork. Mother Minnie. Also there is a brother John

CWGC will need to be amended although card might suggest O'reilly was the alias

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George Rayner

Well done Mark. I was just working my way through 28 RGA who died on 26/7/16.

 

Newspaper says late father Denis?

 

George

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George Rayner
First Name:
William
Surname:
Desmond
Birth Town:
Coleenischull, County Cork
Resided Town:
Cork
Nationality:
British
Date of Death:
26/07/1916
Fate:
Killed In Action
Rank:
Gunner
Service Number:
29104
 
First Name:
W
Surname:
Desmond
Resided Town:
America
Report Date:
16/08/1916
Information:
Listed as "Wounded" on the Casualty List issued by the War Office from 17th August 1916.
Further Information:
This man was entitled to wear a "Wound Stripe" as authorised under Army Order 204 of 6th July 1916. The terms of this award being met by their naming in this list.
Rank:
Gunner
Service Number:
29104

 

Both FWR

 

Is birth town 'Colleen is cool'? cos I cant find it on a map of County Cork

 

George

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