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during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Barnett Harry. Pte.
  • Foley Michael. Drvr. attd. 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's) (d.13th June 1918)
  • Kirby Arthur Lesley. Sgt.

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Drvr. Michael Foley attd. 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's) Army Service Corps. (d.13th June 1918)

Michael Foley died of Spanish influenza on 13th June 1918, aged 33. Buried in the St Sever Cemetery extension in France, he was the son of Catherine Foley, of 21 St. Patrick's Cottages, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin

Michael was obviously very ill judging by this photo as he looks unwell and is surrounded by Medical personnel. This building in background is probably the Hospital and we wonder if the statue with orator and admirer helps you to let me know precise location. We understand that a Spanish influenza was rampant at the time and claimed his life finally. He is mentioned by name in a play about Francis Ledwidge by Irish writer Dermot Bolger "Walking the road" By a strange co-incidence Ledwidge himself,as a youth was a shop boy in Michael's home district of Rathfarnham, South Co.Dublin.

s flynn


Pte. Harry Barnett 4th Dragoons Guards

Harry Barnett enlisted Swansea 30 April 1913. 8091 Private 7th dragoon guards. He went to France with BEF, now he's with the 4th dragoons guard m.g.c 51358 dragoons of the line. I have a couple of pages of his experience of modern war fare. He told me a few things, he was gassed but put a sock in a puddle then held over mouth. His best friend was shot in the head by a sniper, he died right by his side. He once was out in no mans land, he pretended to be dead, and lay still for hours before creeping back to the line. His first action was a shell exploding in yard where horses and men were. He helped pick up pieces of horses and limbs of men. Harry had seen terrible things, men burned and laying dead.I n one village, the mayor was caught giving positions of troops to Germans, he was shot. His only war wound was a black toe nail, his horse stood on his big toe. Other things you do not hear about, the Germans left diseased women in towns and villages, so troops were warned not to touch. I can not tell all, it needs an expert to work out where he went, in one paragraph he mentions a coal box, I later found out it was a German shell. Harry survived the war and lived to 89. He only once mentioned firing his machine gun, he said the officer said looking through field glasses, "There's Gerry let them have it", and holding his hands up holding the gun he gestured firing. He gave the impression what a grim and awful waist of life, it all was and never felt comfortable talking about it. His medals look like they have not seen the light of day for years, his Mons star ribbon is still on the card.

Alan Barnett


Sgt. Arthur Lesley Kirby MM. 7th Dragoon Guards

My grandfather, Arthur Kirby, was in the 7th Dragoon Guards. He finished his army career as a RSM but was a Sergeant during the First World War. He took part in the last cavalry charge by the British Army, at High Wood - part of the Battle of the Somme. For this he was awarded the Military Medal. Like many men of his generation, he never talked about his army service. On the occasions I asked him about his Military Medal, he always said it was for refusing a tin of bully beef, or for being first in the NAAFI queue!

Andrea Smith

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