I do think that it is quite feasible that a large number of the Furey brothers served in the war,its the number of casualties I have a problem with,William Furey was always previously accepted as one of the brothers who was a casualty, but his SR shows he survived the war and was not killed in 1917 but was hiding in Loughrea until arrested by the authorities.This for me casts doubt on the whole 6/7 brothers killed in the war story.Another problem will be to verify official birth christian names and the names used everyday by travelling families,I have seen instances where families will have names like Pat, Pat Joe, Patrick, for the same group of siblings,nicknames and petnames are widely used in travelling families.I have had a quick look at the 1911 census and there are Fuery families listed for the Hill and one person at Bride Street in Loughrea, and another large family in another town called Mountbellew,maybe cousins? Confusion in records seems to stem from;
1. The similarity between the names Furey and Fuery
2.Alick Fuery 4240 CR is listed as Furey on CWGC and Fuery on SDGW from Bride ST Loughrea.
3.Francis Fuery 4236 and Patrick Fuery 2132 both CR are listed correctly on CWGC and SDGW,both From Mountbellew Co.Galway
I believe these two men are brothers.
4.Alick Fuery/Furey was called Malachy in local papers at the time.
5.There is a Malachy Fuery listed in the census at the Hill,Loughrea but no Alick Furey or Fuery listed.Malachy was 14 in 1911 so the age fits.
I will come back to this later as my head is starting to hurt and I'm going to the Galway Races.;
Hi Murrough It is a mess and I tend to agree with you. I have experience of meeting traveller families and you are right the way that kids are named is unbelieveable. Now get you down to Ballybrit and get yourself on a few winners. Here by the way any tips going for later in the week? Good luck against the real enemy them bookies.