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Edward Geraghty - 6 Batt The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

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Posted in hope:

 

His service number was 11377. I am looking for information on his service with the above. I have all his usual stuff - medal card/rolls, will, effects register, CWGC stuff. He died, in Malta, on 11/12/1915 from wounds. This man signed up to 5 other regiments previous to this (got kicked out on every occasion). He also signed up as a John Finn (mother Bridget - only time he provided next of kin) on Royal Artillery attestation. I am of the mind that Edward was an alias as I can find no trace of him in local records. Below is brief overview of what I have:

 

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I am hoping that someone with specialist knowledge of the North Lancs might be able to shed some more light on him. I post this out of total frustration :)

 

Gerard

 

 

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George Rayner
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Is he also #4898 E Geraghty 5th Lancers July 1898?

Claims mother Bridget living New York but written confession attached!

 

George

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GJW

Yes George. That is him for sure. 7 regiments now and a lead to follow up regarding the mother.

 

Thank you for this. Will let you know how I go with this 'bad boy'.

 

Gerard

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HTSCF Fareham
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I can only find Lance Serjeant 11377 Edward Geraghty, Loyal North Lancs, 6th Battalion.

 

Medal card states qualifying date 15/06/1915.

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GJW
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Yes. Very limited info available on his North Lancs service history bar what you would expect to find on a soldier who was killed.

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sadbrewer
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The Roll of Honour in The Manchester Courier, September 2nd 1915.

Courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive. 

 

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GJW
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Thank you. Just located that article. All helps.

 

Gerard

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brianmorris547

Gerard

The Bolton Evening News named recruits at the Town Hall from 26/11/1914 until 26/11/1915 in a feature called Rally to the Flag. It recorded addresses and Units joined. When the library re opens I will check it out. There was a large Irish community in the town at the time. I wondered if he was serving with the 6th and survived the Turkish attack on 10/08/1915. The Bn had over 400 missing. The name above his in the Register of Soldier's Effects, Matthew Fisher, was one of three Bolton brothers killed with the 6th in that action. I wondered who John Mahon, named as Sole Leg in the RSE, was. 

Brian

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George Rayner
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From memory that is mentioned with the Lancers paperwork and is his brother in law(?) Will check back on that

 

No not in there...

 

George

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GJW

Thank Brian,

 

He arrived with the 6th Batt on 15th June 1915. His Will below puts him as serving on 3rd Jan 1915. It also gives an address for Mahon and his sister-in-law. Ancestry suggests he signed up in Bolton. Appreciate the help when the library opens again (soon we all hope)

 

Gerard

 

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George Rayner

Yes that's what I was thinking of

 

George

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GJW
6 minutes ago, George Rayner said:

From memory that is mentioned with the Lancers paperwork and is his brother in law(?) Will check back on that

 

No not in there...

 

George

Thanks George. The only time he appears is in the Will. He seems to have distanced himself greatly from his family

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GJW

Hopefully someone from the Preston area might be able to help solve this portion. A lot of hoping when it comes to this fella ;) 

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George Rayner
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Love this on his attestation from Fold3

 

Sorry-it didnt attach. It says 'Incorrigible and worthless'. Listed as 7827

 

George

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RussT

His LNLR number was allotted 18th-19th August 1914

 

Regards

 

Russ

 

 

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George Rayner
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GJW
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Yes George from his Leinster stint. Harmless Lunatic from his RDF stint. He is quite the chap. How he made it to Lance Sergeant I would like to know. Maybe he was an ideal war time soldier and a terrible peace-time one :) 

 

Thank you Russ. That is most helpful.

 

Gerard

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George Rayner

This could be John 'Jack' Mahon in 1911 Census

Street address: 215 Plungington Road
Registration district: Preston
Registration District Number: 476
Sub-registration district: North Preston
ED, institution, or vessel: 07
Piece: 25280
Household Members:
Name Age
John Mahon 40
Mary Margaret Mahon 40
John Bernard Mahon 6
Mary Margaret Mahon 4
Henry Peak 31
Sarah Peak 32

Ancestry

Therefore Mary Margaret is Edward Geraghty's sister?

 

George

 

 

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George Rayner

Apparently not,,,she was McMahon before marriage

 

George

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GJW
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Good Stuff George and thank you. There is a connection between Mahon and Geraghty. A big issue I have is Geraghty once signed up as 'John Finn'. Also I cannot find a birth cert for an Edward Geraghty in all Ireland that matches with a Mother called Bridget. And certainly not from the locality or anywhere near it that I am researching. The only link is that he tends to use the village of Castledermot as his address on attestation - otherwise I have nothing  bar an old roll of honour from the village but it spells his name without the GH (geraty) - typo more than likely. I am hoping the John Mahon link would provide something. May I ask if Mahon was Irish or does it tell that in English census?

 

Gerard

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George Rayner

Sorry for delay. 1911 Census listed as

Name: John Mahon
Age in 1911: 40
Estimated birth year: abt 1871
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Kildare, Ireland
Civil Parish: Preston

https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2352&h=38517297&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=cIF3333&_phstart=successSource

Ancestry is the source-probably available elsewhere

 

George

 

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GJW

Thank you again George. I have a John Mahon who is a very likely fit (BC and 1901 Census) from the local parishes. Also not on the  Irish 1911 census. Also it would make more sense as to why he was beneficiary on the Will if he is a 'townie' of Geraghty. Just trying to find a Marriage Cert - need to nail it down tighter. 

 

If I can't actually place Geraghty in the local parishes, I am hoping I can place him by association - If you get the thought process.

 

Gerard 

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GJW

Have found a potential Marriage Cert. Do English Marriage Certs give so little (if no) real information or am I missing a trick here?

 

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