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Could anyone please advise me on how I can find my Grand Uncle from WW1. His name is Patrick Hoare. Born in 1891? and we think joined the Connaught Rangers in the Republic Of Ireland. He lived in Henry Street, Roscommon, Republic of Ireland and his Father was Michael Hoare and Mother Margaret Hoare. Thanks, Alan

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Try the Medal Index Card section on Ancestry [FREE]

This should give his Number and regiment.

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HOARE, PATRICK. Rank: Private. Regiment or Service: Connaught Rangers. Unit: 1st Battalion. Age at death: 26. Date of Death: 26/04/1915. Service No: 4346. Born in Roscommon. Enlisted in Roscommon while living in Roscommon. Killed in Action. Supplementary information: Son of Michael and Margaret Hoare, of Henry St., Roscommon.

Grave or Memorial Reference: Panel 42. Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

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we think joined the Connaught Rangers in the Republic Of Ireland.

Not wishing to be too pedantic but the Republic of Ireland did not exist at the time of the Great War.

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Hi Alan.

Welcome to the forum.

It looks like he first attested in 1911 (age 19 and 6 months) to the Special Reserve of the Connaught Rangers. If you subscribe to Ancestry, his Service Record is available http://interactive.ancestry.co.uk/1219/30837_154911-01085/952984?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.co.uk%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dbritisharmyservice%26so%3d2%26pcat%3dUK_WWI_COLLECTIONS%26new%3d1%26gsfn%3dpatrick%26gsln%3dhoare%26rank%3d1%26gss%3dangs-c%26sbo%3d1&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults#?imageId=30837_154911-01085

If you don't subscribe, I understand that access is free at local libraries.

Tips on how to research a soldier, can be found on the Long, Long Trail http://www.1914-1918.net/soldiers/research.html

Good luck with your research.

Chris

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Not wishing to be too pedantic but the Republic of Ireland did not exist at the time of the Great War.

I think Alan was trying to ensure that his request was confined to that geographical area, now globally known as the Republic of Ireland.

Also it was I who directed Alan to this site, as he was anxious to find out more about his Uncle, not to be pulled up on a political point.

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Paul/Alan

It was not my intent to cause offence merely to correct a geographical point appertaining to the period of time being researched - not a political one.

So apologies if I have.

Dave

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Alan

Are you aware of this link?

HOARE, PATRICK. Rank: Private. Service No: 4346. Date of Death: 26/04/1915. Age: 26.
Regiment/Service: Connaught Rangers 1st Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 42. Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.
Additional Information: Son of Michael and Margaret Hoare, of Henry St., Roscommon.
HOLIAN, J T. Rank: Private. Service No: 4283. Date of Death: 02/11/1914. Age: 28.
Regiment/Service: Connaught Rangers 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: I. L. 55. Cemetery: POPERINGHE OLD MILITARY CEMETERY.
Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Anne Holian, of Henry St., Roscommon; husband of Mary Kate Holian (nee Hoare), of Henry St., Roscommon.
I see he is 2nd Battalion, but with such similar ages, they must have been close, not just brothers in law but brothers in arms, so might be worth exploring the Holian side too!
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Looks like dad (Michael) also joined up. Aged 44 and 11 months in 1914

http://interactive.ancestry.co.uk/1219/30837_154911-00887/952678?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.co.uk%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dbritisharmyservice%26so%3d2%26pcat%3dUK_WWI_COLLECTIONS%26new%3d1%26gsfn%3dmichael%26gsln%3dhoare%26rank%3d1%26gss%3dangs-c%26sbo%3d1&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults#?imageId=30837_154911-00887

In that Service Record, the attestation form gives previous service with the Connaught Rangers.

I think that both Michaels (pre and WW1) records, (and those of Patrick) may well be available on findmypast

http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/united-kingdom-records-in-military-armed-forces-and-conflict?firstname=michael%20&firstname_variants=true&lastname=hoare

According to this topic http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=223645&hl= a worldwide membership for 1 month is currently being offered for £1. If you went down that route please don't forget the advice in the original post, and cancel the membership before the month expires.

Regards

Chris

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Thanks again to everyone. Chris, Michael would be my Great Grandfather and we never knew he joined up. He actually died aged 96 in Roscommon and is buried there. Im a bit overwhelmed now so will sit down and try to get a handle on everything and collect as much information as I can and hopefully travel out with family to visit the area etc. Thanks

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