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Leinster Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Leinster Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Peter. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th April 1915)
  • Adcock St.John. Mjr. 3rd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Allen Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th June 1918)
  • Bagnall Alfred. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Barnes Owen. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th May 1915)
  • Bate Albert Francis. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.14th Mar 1915)
  • Best John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th Mar 1915)
  • Best William George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd May 1916)
  • Bond Alfred. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.4th Sep 1918)
  • Bowen-Colthurst Robert MacGregor. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.15th Mar 1915)
  • Bowes John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Aug 1915)
  • Brabazon Alan. Cpt. 6th Btn. (d.8th March 1918)
  • Brabazon Alan A.. Capt 6th Btn. (d.8 March 1918 )
  • Bracken Patrick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Brady Edward. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.1st Nov 1915)
  • Brady Maurice. Pte. Depot (d.26th Aug 1918)
  • Brady Thomas. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.11th Apr 1915)
  • Brazil James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.5th April 1916)
  • Brennan John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.5th Nov 1916)
  • Bridge Albert. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd Mar 1918)
  • Brophy Thomas Joseph. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Brown Thomas. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Burke J.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Cahill William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Cavanagh Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th June 1917)
  • Coade William Henry. Lt. 3rd (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Coleman Christopher. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Connolly John. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.20th Oct 1918)
  • Courtney Frederick John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.27th June 1916)
  • Crosbie William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.20th April 1916)
  • Cunningham John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.16th April 1917)
  • Cushing Charles Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd May 1915)
  • Cutts Harry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.25th August 1916)
  • Daly Jeremiah. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Oct 1914)
  • Daly Patrick. Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.8th Mar 1917)
  • Duffy George William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Jun 1917)
  • Evans Samuel. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th May 1915)
  • Fay James. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.12th Aug 1915)
  • Frost Charles. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.4th Feb 1918)
  • Ginn Stephen. Sgt 2nd Btn (d.5th March 1916)
  • Gorry Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th September 1916)
  • Hendricks Harry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Hope Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd March 1915)
  • Hutchinson Edward. Cpl 1st Btn. (d.4th May 1915)
  • Kinnarney W.. Pte. 2nd Btn. A Coy. (d.9th Jun 1917)
  • Laffan Christopher.
  • Maguire Francis Patrick. 2nd Lt. 5th Batt. (d.27th April 1918)
  • Mullins Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Munster Michael. Pte. (d.14th May 1915)
  • Read George Averil. Capt. 3rd Btn. (d.8th March 1917)
  • Roads Albert Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.22nd April 1917)

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Pte. John Cunningham VC. 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.16th April 1917)

John Cunningham died of wounds on the 16th of April 1917, aged 29 and buried in the Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was the son of Johanna and the late Joseph Cunningham, of Stradavoher St., Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The second son lost to a widowed mother in the war.

An extract taken from The London Gazette, dated 8th June, 1917 records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of a Lewis Gun section on the most exposed flank of the attack. His section came under heavy enfilade fire and suffered severely. Although wounded he succeeded almost alone in reaching his objective with his gun, which he got into action in spite of much opposition. When counter-attacked by a party of twenty of the enemy he exhausted his ammunition against them, then, standing in full view, he commenced throwing bombs. He was wounded again, and fell, but picked himself up and continued to fight single-handed with the enemy until his bombs were exhausted. He then made his way back to our lines with a fractured arm and other wounds. There is little doubt that the superb courage of this N.C.O. cleared up a most critical situation on the left flank of the attack. Corporal Cunningham died in hospital from the effects of his wounds."

Vimy Ridge April 1917 Battle Map

John Fanning


Pte. Jeremiah Daly 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.20th Oct 1914)

My Great Uncle, Jeremiah Daly, from Tipperary Town in Ireland joined the Army in 1898. He served in South Africa for five and a half years then in Mauritius for a further year and a half.When he returned home he was discharged to the Army Reserve. In March 1911 he was married to Mary O'Donnell. They had two children.

On the 5th of August 1914 he rejoined on mobilization. On the 12th of Sept 1914 he landed with the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment in St Nazaire in France. On the 20th of Oct 1914 he was killed in the village of Premesque.

A picture of the Cloth hall in Ypres on the 19th of October 2014 the Eve of the 100 Anniversary  of Jeremiah Daly's death.

This was also donated by the In Flanders field Museum.



Capt. George Averil Read 3rd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.8th March 1917)

George Read, served as a Captain with the 3rd Battalion Leinster Regiment, he was the elder son of Turner Oliver and Emily Marvelle Read of Dungar, Roscrea. George was killed in action while serving with the 7th Battalion at Spanboekmolen, Belgium on the Kemmel to Messines Road on the 8th of March 1917.



Lt. William Henry Coade 3rd Leinster Regiment (d.5th Nov 1918)

Lieutenant William Coade, of the Leinster Regiment died on 5th of November 1918 of wounds received in action, aged 26 years.

s flynn


Pte. Albert Arthur Roads 7th Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.22nd April 1917)

I came across Albert Roads' grave in New Southgate Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, London.



Sgt Stephen Ginn 2nd Btn Leinster Regiment (d.5th March 1916)

Stephen Ginn is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Michael Kent


Cpl Edward Hutchinson 1st Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.4th May 1915)

Edward Hutchinson died aged 33 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Liam Hutchinson


Pte. Frederick John Courtney 7th Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.27th June 1916)

Fred Courtney was the third child of William Thomas Courtney of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and Sarah Anne Courtney. They lived in Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary. Fred was killed whilst servinf with the 7th Btn Leinster Regiment and is buried in St Patrick's Cemetery Loos, in France.

Fred had seven siblings, of whom Samuel Ardell Courtney saw service with a Canadian Unit. Several family members had emigrated to Canada. His father's brother Isaac John Courtney had emigrated to Tasmania, Australia and his two sons, Will and Roy (Fred's cousins) enlisted. Will, in the 13th Battalion AIF, disappeared without trace on 11th April 1917 the First Battle of Bullecourt. His cousin Sam wrote from Canadian High Command in Hastings, England, trying to get news of him, without success. Roy saw service at Gallipoli, in the 26th Battalion AIF, then was transferred to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion and nearly made it through the War. He was promoted to Corporal but received a terrible head wound in the last Australian action in the War on 3rd of October 1918, was shipped home and died in July 1919 in Launceston, Tasmania. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery.


Pte. Charles Edward Cushing 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.3rd May 1915)

Charles Cushing was in the Leinsters at Crinkle, Birr Kings Co. (now Co. Offaly) when he married local lass Annie Curran on the 5th of Aug 1911. Witness was John Sheehan also Leinster Reg. Charles was killed on the 3rd of May 1915 and is buried at Ferme Buterne, Houplines, France.

Michael Cushing


Pte. William Crosbie 7th Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.20th April 1916)

Billy Crosbie was killed in action on 20th April, 1916, aged 19. He is buried in the British Cemetery at Vermelles, Pas de Calais. He was the youngest son of William and Elizabeth Crosbie, R.I.C.Barracks, Clogher, Ballaghadereen, Co. Mayo.

Mary Flynn


Pte. John Connolly 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment (d.20th Oct 1918)

My uncle, Private Jack Connolly served with the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment. Born in 1899 in Birr, Offaly, Ireland, he was the first born of Peter and Anne Connolly (nee McDonagh). He died 20th October 1918 in Flanders 21 days before the Armistice and 2 weeks before his 20th birthday. He is interred at Harlebeke New British Cemetry, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. What a waste!

Peter Connolly


Cpl. Patrick Daly 7th Battalion Leinster Regiment (d.8th Mar 1917)

Patrick Daly is interred in the Pond Farm Cemetery. On the day that he was killed the Battalion diary records that there was a heavy German Artillery bombardment lasting from 3.00pm to 6.00pm, as a result of which 1 officer and 11 other ranks were killed and 22 other ranks wounded.

Noel Daly


Pte. William George Best 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.2nd May 1916)

William George Best was the son of William Frederick George Best and Martha Jane Mullins. He was born in Ubley Somerset 1890 and enlisted in his Regiment at Taunton in 1914.

William died on the 2nd May 1916 of wounds received in the Second Battle of Ypres (21st Apr to 25th May 1915) and was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Martyn Rundle


Pte. Michael Cavanagh 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.9th June 1917)

Michael Cavanagh is my Great Uncle. He enlisted when he was 16. It is told he ran away from home and joined a Welsh Regiment. His mother went after him and brought him home. He ran off again to re-enlist. He served with the Leinster Regiment 2nd Battalion and died at Messines on 9th June 1917 aged 19. His commemorative plaque and some ephemera are preserved in the Memorial Room (Chorley Pals) at Astley Hall Chorley Lancashire. I intend to travel from Adelaide South Australia so that I may be in Ypres on the 9th of June 2014.

Martyn Christopher


Pte. Charles Frost 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment (d.4th Feb 1918)

Pte. Charles Frost served with the Leinster Regiment 2nd Battalion. He died on 4th February 1918. I believe he fought at Messines Ridge.

Darrel Weaver


Pte. Harry Hendricks 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.23rd Aug 1918)

Pte. Harry Hendricks served with the Leinster Regiment 2nd Battalion. He was executed for desertion on 23rd August 1918 aged 46 and is buried in La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck, France. He was the oldest soldier to be executed, an American who served in an Irish regiment. Henry Hendricks was 46 years old and the third American to be executed under the British Army Act.

s flynn


Pte. Thomas Hope 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.2nd March 1915)

Thomas Hope was the son of Mrs B. Hope, of 5, Mill Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. He was executed on the morning of March 2nd, 1915 before a British firing squad in Armentieres in France, after being arrested, court martialled and convicted of desertion, drunkenness and bad conduct within the army. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

Thomas Hope is featured in a new book about Irishmen shot at dawn. Twenty year old Thomas Hope was one of 28 Irishmen serving in British regiments featured in the book "Forgotten Soldiers - The Irishmen Shot At Dawn”, which traces the lives of men who enlisted to fight an enemy but ended up being killed by their own side. Written by award-winning Belfast journalist Stephen Walker, the book draws its information from war diaries, court-martial papers and interviews with veterans and family members. Dealing with the circumstances surrounding each individual execution case, “Forgotten Soldiers” details how these Irish soldiers, often exhausted by battle, suffering shellshock, or branded cowards for refusing to fight, were shot at dawn by a firing squad. Thomas Hope was one of the 350,000 young Irishmen who volunteered to join the British Army during World War 1.

Private Thomas Hope served with the 2nd Battalion of the Leinster Regiment and his tragic story began just two days before Christmas 1914 on the front-line trenches L`Épinette. In his trial, a charge of desertion was brought against Hope after he had gone missing for nearly seven weeks from 23rd December 1914 until 10th February 1915. Hope had argued in his defence that he had just learned of the deaths of his two brothers who were also enlisted in the army, and left the trenches on a sudden impulse. He said that he ended up in enemy territory from which he escaped, but was unable to find his way back to his regiment. Hope`s court martial was held on Valentine`s day, 14th February, and he was not defended at his trial.

“I had no intention of going absent when I left the trenches. It was a sudden impulse. The first night I was away I got by mistake into the German trenches. The enemy kept me for three days and took me to their Headquarters in Lille. I escaped from he Germans during an attack and got into the French trenches and stayed there two days. Then I met some British troops and stayed there some three or four days. I have been walking around since and tried to find my own regiment,” Hope stated in his own defence. The three-man panel found him guilty and sentenced him to death. Senior officers later endorsed the panel`s findings. General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, a veteran commander of the 2nd Army, put pen to paper nine days after Hope`s sentence was handed down. “The Brigade discipline is second worst and the battalion discipline is also the second worst in the army. The case is a very bad one indeed and I recommend that the extreme penalty be carried out.” Hope`s destiny was sealed by the stroke of a pen and within days the sentence was confirmed by Commander-in-Chief, Sir John French. On 2nd March 1915, Thomas Hope was executed as an example to all other soldiers considering desertion.

s flynn


Sgt. Thomas Brown 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.18th Aug 1916)

Thomas Brown was born in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin and enlisted in London. He was killed in action aged 40 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Thomas Joseph Brophy 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.22nd Mar 1918)

Thomas Joseph Brophy was the son of Thomas F. Brophy, of 46, Aughrim St., Dublin. He served with the Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion and died in March 1918. He is commemorated on thr Pozieres Memorial in France.

s flynn


L/Cpl. Albert Bridge 2nd Btn. Leinster Regiment (d.2nd Mar 1918)

Albert Bridge was the son of John and Marie Anna Bridge, of 1, Lower Leeson St., Dublin. He served with the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) 2nd battalion and died of wounds in March 1918 aged 20. He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery in France.

s flynn

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