WWI Dead in County Clare

One of the objectives of the Clare Roots Society is to provide a forum for family history and genealogical research with an emphasis on County Clare.  Details about lectures, publications, and sources for research can be found at their website:  http://www.clareroots.org/.

The following message from the society announces the publication of  a booklet about Clare residents who died during “The Great War” (1914-1918). The booklet is available for purchase from the Clare Roots Society for €5.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and with it comes four years of commemorations. The official commemorations will begin in Sarajevo with a weeklong series of events culminating on June 28th the original start of the war. More than 4,000 Clare people served during the Great War while Ennis had over 1,100 soldiers who took part and Kilrush had 416 recruits of which 106 were employees of Glynn’s.   

A new booklet prepared by Ger Browne in conjunction with Clare Roots Society is now for sale in order to remember those with Clare Roots who lost their lives in the Great War.  In addition it is also hoped to open the debate on how to properly draw up a definitive list. Plans are in place to create a memorial in the Friars Walk area of Ennis to commemorate Clare men and women who died in the Great War.

The booklet contains the names and a brief synopsis of the battles and where they died of over 586 war dead from 60 separate locations in County Clare. Among them were four women sisters Nora and Delia Davoren from Ennis and Nellie Hogan from Newmarket On Fergus, who were nurses in England and were killed when the mail boat, The Leinster, was torpedoed in less than three weeks before the war ended in 1918. The other female casualty Agnes McMahon from Sixmilebridge, a member of the Queen Mary Army Auxiliary Corps, who was also killed in October 1918.

Also amongst the names mentioned were the John, Michael & Patrick Thynne from Ennistymon. Patrick a member of the Irish Guards died in may 1915 in France; Michael (Royal Munster Fusiliers) died the same month in Turkey while John (Royal Irish Regiment) died in 1918.  From the 1901 census of population in Clare we learn that the three were brothers and that the family lived at Church Hill in Ennistymon. Their parents were John & Catherine Thynne. 

Every name in the booklet requires a follow up story like that of Thomas Casey, Private 6939, ‘D’ Company, 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force, born 1878 in Tubber, Co.Clare, Ireland, died 8th or 9th August 1918 in France. Private Thomas Casey was at Mericourt on the 8th August 1918. At the Blackboy Hill tent in Perth on 26 March 1917 Thomas Casey applied to enlist in the Australian Army. On 29 June 1917 he was medically examined, took the Oath, was approved and appointed, and was assigned as Private 6939 to the 16th Bn., Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force (AIF). On 29 June 1917 he embarked on the “Borda” at Fremantle and on 25 August 1917 he disembarked at Plymouth, UK. He spent time at camps in Rollestone and Fovant in the UK and then, on 23 January 1918 he embarked at Southampton for Le Havre in France to join his unit, ‘D’ company, in the field.  He died on Thursday, 8th August or Friday 9th August 1918 aged 41. Australian War Memorial (AWM) records reveal that he died in the Battle of Amiens, a description of which can be found on the AWM website.

The location of where Clare War Dead came from:

Ballynacally (3), Ballyvaughan (7), Barefield (1), Broadford (4), Bunratty (1), Carrigaholt (5), Clarecastle (18),  Clonlara (3), Cooraclare (5), Corkscrew Hill (1), Corofin (6), Cratloe (2), Crusheen (1), Doolin (1), Doonbeg (4), Ennis (135), Ennistymon (33), Feakle (7), Inagh (2), Inch (1), Kildysart (7), Kilfenora (1), Kilkee (25), Kilkishen (2), Killaloe (35), Killimer (1), Kilmaley (4), Kilmihill (2), Kilmurry (2), Kilmurry Ibrickane (1), Kilmurry Mc Mahon (2), Kilnaboy (1), Kilnamony (1), Kilrush (86), Kilshanny (3), Labasheeda (3), Lahinch (3), Liscannor (3), Lisdoonvarna (5), Meelick (3), Miltown Malbay (17), Mountshannon (3), Moyasta (1), Mullagh (2), Newmarket On Fergus (11), New Quay (1), O’Brien’s Bridge (4), O’Callaghan’s Mills (3), Ogonnelloe (3), Partnnen 3), Quilty (5), Quin (5), Ruan (2), Scattery Island (1), Scariff (6), Sixmilebridge (12), Tuamgraney (2), Tulla (10), Tubber (1), Whitegate (2), Co. Clare Generally (62).    


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