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Connaught Rangers

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Those known to have served with

Connaught Rangers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Armstrong Charles. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Atwell Robert Erskine. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Bannerman James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.8th Feb 1917)
  • Bannon John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • Beatty Eric Edge. Lt. 6th Btn (d.4th Apr 1916)
  • Begley Henry Frederick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th Jul 1919)
  • Berney David. L/Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Nov 1914)
  • Blake Alfred Joseph William. T/Lt. 5th Battalion (d.21st Aug 1915)
  • Bolger Patrick. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Bolger Peter. Sgt. (d.1st Nov 1917)
  • Booth Edwun F.. L/Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.3rd Aug 1917)
  • Boylan Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Nov 1914)
  • Brennan Louis J.. Sgt. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Brennan Michael. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.2nd May 1916)
  • Brockie George. Sgt. 5th Btn. (d.10th Sep 1915)
  • Brophy Bernard. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Brophy William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Jan 1916)
  • Casey Peter. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.23rd June 1917)
  • Casey Peter. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.23rd June 1917)
  • Clarke William James Thomas. Pte.
  • Conway Michael. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.27th Dec 1915)
  • Daly James Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Dixon M.. Sjt. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Donnelly Michael. 3rd Battalion, E Company.
  • Dunne Michael. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd May 1916)
  • Eccleston William. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1915)
  • Elvidge Laurence. 2nd Lt. 5th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Feeney Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd July 1915)
  • Fielding Rowland. Lt. Col. 6th Btn.
  • Finan Frank Mark. Pte. 10th Btn (d.24th Aug 1918)
  • Frick Oscar. L/Cpl. 2nd Bn. attd. Connaught Rangers (d.8th July 1916)
  • Hardy Jocelyn L.. Lt.
  • Jourdain Henry. Lt.Col. 5th Btn.
  • Killoran Patrick. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Knox Michael. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Lenox-Conyngham J. A.M.. Lt.Col. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Mallins Claude O'Conor. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1914)
  • McDonnell John. Rifleman
  • McKeever John. Pte 6th Btn (d.8th March 1917)
  • McMahon John. Pte. (d.2nd Sep 1916)
  • Murphy Patrick James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.April 1916)
  • O'Mahony Daniel Joseph. Sgt.
  • Sarsfield William Stopford. Mjr. 2nd Btn (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • Smith Michael. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)

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Sgt. Daniel Joseph O'Mahony 1/Gr. Bn. R. Ir. Rifs. G/1085 Sgt.

Researching my family tree and discovered this info about my Great Great Grandfather Joseph O'Mahon(e)y. Irish Rifles/Connaught Rangers - 1. Queens South Africa Medal - Bore War First Campaign. 2. Kings South Africa Medal - Bore War Second campaign. - Connaught Rangers - Reenlisted on 05 Sept 1914 to 13 Jan 1916 and was appointed Sargent and was posted to India in 1916 as part of the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. Was awarded the British War Medal in 1919.

I am confused as to the connection between the Connaught Rangers and the Royal Irish Rifles. I cannot find any info on his time in India?? In South Africa he earned clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Tugela Heights and Relief of Ladysmith.

believe he contacted malaria in India and subsequently earned a honorable discharge. I have paperwork and documents to back up all the above. I would love any photos or copies of any documents that you may have on Joseph or his battalion.

John Joseph O'Mahony


Lt. Jocelyn L. Hardy Connaught Rangers

Lt. Jocelyn Hardy was an inveterate escaper, making a total of ten escape attempts during his time in Clausthal, Magdeburg and Schweidwitz POW camps. He finally succeeded and reached freedom in Holland, along with fellow-escapee Captain Willie Loder-Symonds.

While he was a POW he was promoted and transferred to the Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers.


2nd Lt. Laurence Elvidge 5th Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.9th Aug 1916)

2nd Lt. Laurence Elvidge gave his life for the empire at Ypres on the 9th of August 1916, aged 19 years.

s flynn


Lt. Claude O'Conor Mallins 2nd Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.2nd Nov 1914)

Claude Mallins was killed in action at Ypres, on the 2nd of November 1914, aged 20 years.

s flynn


Mjr. William Stopford Sarsfield 2nd Btn Connaught Rangers (d.20th Sep 1914)

The wooden cross with metal plate bearing stamped inscription to William Starsfield, is almost certainly the cross which marked his grave in Vailly British Cemetery. This cemetery was fought over four times after 1914, and the damage is probably from bullet or shell fragment.

s flynn


Pte. Patrick Feeney 1st Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.22nd July 1915)

Patrick Feeney died on the 22nd July 1915 in France. He was the husband of M. Feeney of Castle St., Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

s flynn


Lt.Col. J. A.M. Lenox-Conyngham Connaught Rangers (d.3rd Sep 1916)

Lt.Col. Lenox-Conyngham is remembered in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

s flynn


Pte. Michael Knox 5th Btn Royal Irish Regiment

My Grandfather, Michael Knox, served in WW1. He was born on 3rd of October 1882 in Waterford, Ireland and later moved to Wales were he got married to Ellen Young. We believe he served in the Army in 1914/15. Due to his service he was granted a land in Busselton, Western Australia, and moved there with his wife and children in 1925.

John Knox


Pte. Patrick Killoran 5th Btn Connaught Rangers

Pat Killoran fought in the First World War notably in Gallipoli.

James Killoran


Pte. William Eccleston 5th Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.11th Aug 1915)

William Eccleston was wounded at Gallipoli and later died aboard the Hospital Ship Devanha and buried at sea. He is remembered on the War Memorial at Ryhill. Prior to joining the Army he worked in the coal mines. Following his death, his brother Walter Stones signed up, but was not called into service until 1918, he joined the MGC and was wounded within three days of going to the front, he was brought back to England aboard the Hospital ship Andrew.

Jacqueline Freegard


L/Cpl. Oscar Frick 2nd Bn. attd. Connaught Rangers Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) (d.8th July 1916)

Oscar Frick died on the 8th July 1916. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

s. flynn


Pte. Michael Dunne 1st Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.3rd May 1916)

Michael Dunne died on 3rd May 1916. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

s flynn


Pte. Peter Casey 6th Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.23rd June 1917)

Peter Casey was my granddad. He was born in Keash, Co.Sligo in 1882. He went to England and worked as a coal hewer on the coal face in Lancashire. He was wounded in both legs and right arm on 7th June and died on the 23rd in hospital in Wimereux, France. He is buried in the communal cemetery in Wimereux

Anthony Martyn


Pte. Patrick James Murphy 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers (d.April 1916)

Patrick James Murphy, my great-uncle, died of wounds, as a prisoner of war in Baghdad, Mesopotamia in April 1916. He advanced with 1st Battalion, Connaught Rangers in an attempt to relieve the siege of Kut-al-Amara, during which he was shot through the left shoulder and the top of the left lung. The battalion was obliged to retire, leaving him to the tender mercies of the Turks. He subsequently died in a Catholic infirmary in Baghdad, which advised the family of his passing.

He volunteered for service in the Connaught Rangers, together with my grandfather, his younger brother in 1915. My grandfather Sergeant Bernard Murphy M.M. was transferred to 38th Battalion Machine Gun Corps, before the Connaught Rangers left for Mesopotamia, and served in France and Belgium for the rest of the war.

Neil Murphy


Pte. Peter Casey 6th Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.23rd June 1917)

Peter Casey was born in 1882 in Keash, Co. Sligo. He moved to Lancashire, England in 1900 and worked in the mines on the coal face. He married Bridget Sheeran, whose parents came from Ballymote. They had four children, Mary born 1906, Michael, John and Anne born 1914. Peter died from wounds to his arm and legs in Wimereux Army Hospital on 23rd June 1917 and is buried in the Wimereux Communal Cemetery. His daughter Mary married Tommy Martyn from Galway, whose offspring represented Great Britain and Ireland at rugby league.

Anthony Martyn


Pte. Michael Smith 7th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.9th Sep 1916)

My father always told me when I was growing up that his uncle's Andrew and Michael went to war and never returned. They knew they died but didn't know when and where. I found out that Michael entered the war with the Connaught Rangers and died in France at the battle of Ginchy.

As for Andrew I cannot find anything for him. We assume that the two of them served together with the Rangers and then with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Andrew was the son of Andrew and Agnes Smyth and his D.O.B 26th Jan 1880, address: Kenagh Co.Longford.

Declan Smyth


Pte. James Joseph Daly 1st Btn. Connaught Rangers

James Joseph Daly served with the 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers during WW1. He was executed for mutiny on the 2nd November 1920 age 20 and is on the Kirkee War Cemetery Memorial in India.

The last two soldiers to be executed in 1920 were Irish, one of them was Private James Joseph Daly, aged 20 years. He was shot for his part in the much chronicled mutiny by the 1st Connaught Rangers. Fourteen of those who took part in the mutiny were sentenced to death, the other 13 were reprieved and only Daly was executed.

S Flynn


Pte. William Brophy 1st Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.21st Jan 1916)

William Brophy served with the Connaught Rangers 1st Battalion and was killed in action in Mesopotamia in January 1916.

s flynn


Pte. Bernard Brophy 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.21st Aug 1918)

Bernard Brophy served initially with the Connaught Rangers and then with the Royal Irish Regiment 2nd Battalion. He was killed in action in August 1918.

s flynn


Sgt. George Brockie 5th Btn. Connaught Rangers (d.10th Sep 1915)

George Brockie served with the 5th Battalion, Connaught Rangers and died of wounds in Gallipoli on the 10th September 1915. He was born in Dublin and enlisted in London.

S Flynn

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Ireland's Unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War

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The Great War of 1914-18 saw the Irish soldier make his greatest sacrifice on Britain's behalf. Nearly 135,000 Irishmen volunteered (conscription was never applied in Ireland) in addition to the 50,000 Irish who were serving with the regular army and the reserves on 4 August 1914. Within a few weeks of the outbreak of the war no less than three Irish divisions - the 10th (Irish), 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) - were formed from Irishmen, Catholic and Protestant, who responded to Lord Kitchener's call to arms. An estimated 35,000 Irish-born soldiers were killed before the armistice came in November 1918. Over 4,000 of those who died were with the 16th (Irish) Division.


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