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Hi, I have been given a medal -- a 1914 Star -- it has the name: L. Cpl. J. Leech, No 4146, 4th Connaught Rangers - he must have survived the war as he is not registered as having died. I have his medal index card which says that he became an acting sergeant. Also on his card is that he received the Victory and British medals. The person that gave me the medal would like to know more about this man as he is not a relative of his. I have a feeling from the 1901 Irish census that he was from Co Sligo. What area would the 4th Connaught Rangers be in 1914? You all have been very helpful to me in the past and I'm sure you won't let me down this time. Thanks. P. J. Clarke (Pte.)

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Medal card of Leech, John

Corps Regiment No Rank

Connaught Rangers 4146 Lance Corporal

Connaught Rangers 4146 Acting Serjeant

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PJ

The 4th were a Reserve Bn as you will see from this page from the Long Long trail at top left of this page:

http://www.1914-1918.net/connaught.htm

He had to have been in either the 1st or the 2nd Battalion as these were the only ones which were in place in the French Theatre to be entitled to the 1914 Star. You will also see that the 2nd was absorbed into the 1st in Dec 1914 and then shot off to Mesopotamia in Jan 1915.

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PJ.

The 4th Connaught Rangers was an extra reserve Bn and did not go abroad (According to British Regiments 1914-1918) he may well have been transfered to the 2nd Bn they landed at Boulongne 14/8/14.

I am sure someone on the forum will give you more information. Cheers Rob.

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His date of entry, 7/10/14 puts him in this draft -

"2nd Lieutenant A Montgomery with 114 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France.

This included 3058 Corporal James Finn, 3845 Private Michael Dever, 4269 Private Thomas Clifford, Private 3945 Thomas Fitzgerald, 4736 Private John Doyle, 2864 Private John Doyle, 4357 Private Michael Farrell, 4055 Private John Forde, 3295 Private Thomas Kelly, 3902 Private Edward Lally, 4321 Private Thomas Ward, 4290 Private Dennis Ward, 4123 Private James Gleeson, 4354 Private Michael Matthews, 3949 Private Martin Flemming, 10880 Private Edward Boylan, 4249 Private William D’Arcy, 2929 Private James Morris, 3939 Private John Parker, 4338 Private Patrick Meehan, 3951 Private John Ramplin, 3108 Private Bernard Ward, 3913 Private Martin McDonnell, 3550 Private John Casey, 10890 Private Peter Pritchard, 4214 Private Robert White, 11030 Private Jeremiah Moore, 4298 Mortimer Foley after being found fit for active service 7 Oct 1914"

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http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/i...mer+Foley\

and post from Mark.

John

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His date of entry, 7/10/14 puts him in this draft -

"2nd Lieutenant A Montgomery with 114 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France.

This included 3058 Corporal James Finn, 3845 Private Michael Dever, 4269 Private Thomas Clifford, Private 3945 Thomas Fitzgerald, 4736 Private John Doyle, 2864 Private John Doyle, 4357 Private Michael Farrell, 4055 Private John Forde, 3295 Private Thomas Kelly, 3902 Private Edward Lally, 4321 Private Thomas Ward, 4290 Private Dennis Ward, 4123 Private James Gleeson, 4354 Private Michael Matthews, 3949 Private Martin Flemming, 10880 Private Edward Boylan, 4249 Private William D’Arcy, 2929 Private James Morris, 3939 Private John Parker, 4338 Private Patrick Meehan, 3951 Private John Ramplin, 3108 Private Bernard Ward, 3913 Private Martin McDonnell, 3550 Private John Casey, 10890 Private Peter Pritchard, 4214 Private Robert White, 11030 Private Jeremiah Moore, 4298 Mortimer Foley after being found fit for active service 7 Oct 1914"

See Topic

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/i...mer+Foley\

and post from Mark.

John

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No. 3845, Pte. Michael Dever, 1st Btn. Connaught Rangers, son of Patrick and Kate Dever, Barrack Hill, Westport, Co. Mayo, died aged 22 on 18/4/1916 at Mespotamia. He was brother of Pte. John Dever, 1st/7th Btn. Royal Warwickshire Reg. Killed in action on 27/8/1917 at France and Flanders. No. 4055, Pte. John Forde, husband of Mrs. Kate Forde, Ardnaree, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Killed in action of 28/10/1914. Memorial: Menin Gate. Brother of Pte. Henry Forde, No. 3465, 2nd Btn. Connaught Rangers, who also fell -- on 14/9/1914. (Remembered with honour in "Mayo Comrades of the Great War, 1914-1919) by P. J. Clarke, Ballina.

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