Remembering Men from Oughterard that died in WW1

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  • Hi,

    In regard to previous comment:

    National Census for 1901 records a “Michael Joseph Conneely” aged 5 years who was born in America.
    He and his mother with two other sons, also born in America, are living with grandparents in the parish of Oughterard. His father is not recorded in the census.

    Regards

    By Rick (19/05/2019)
  • Hi,
    It appears that Michael Joseph Conneely was member of the 1st Connaught Regiment which was formed from the 88th Regiment of Foot in 1881. Apparently the Regiment was in India when WW1 broke out and it took some time for it to reach France, due to the activity of the German defence. There is no date of birth shown for Private Conneely, so he could have joined the Regiment between 1881 and 1908 when it was despatched to India.
    A search of the Irish census records for 1901 and 1911 may elicit some information

    By Rick (19/05/2019)
  • I live in Northern France .There is a Commonwealth war graves cemetery 3 miles away from my home in which a soldier of the Connaught Rangers named Michael Joseph Conneely killed on August 13th 1914 is buried.After some research, i found out that he was born in Boston USA but that his place of residence at the time he enlisted was Oughterard. Would you have some more information about him? I visited his grave yesterday and noticed that three small round stones had been placed at the foot of it.Someone apparently paid a tribute to him this way.I’m very interested in the stories of Irish soldiers who fought in WW1in the north of France and would be delighted to learn more about MJ Conneely.Thank you.
    JM Vincent.

    By Jean-Marc VINCENT (08/02/2019)

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