Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:34 PM
I first saw this about six months ago whilst researching an ancestor, Malachy Furey, Royal Navy, Trafalgar or thereabouts. To clear up one mystery, Malachy k.i.a Laventie is Alick, that would be a family nickname. I did a bit of fossicking in the 1901 census and came up with the following.
Four were in the Connaught Rangers (Malachy and three others), one in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, one in the Royal Irish Rifles and one, Malachy in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Two cousins, Francis and Peter from Mountbellew were k.i.a in the Connaught Rangers (D Coy, 6th Battalion). One buried in Loos.
Silver War Badges. I knew Great Uncle Paddy had one, as did Grandfathers brother in law, James Berry.
Looking at the Furey's I see that William (of VC, DCM, MM, Legion of Honour & Cross of Russia "fame") had one too. William G enlisted on 31 Jan 1911 discharged 25 Apr 1919. Reason for discharge "unfit, wounded". Left foot amputated, tattoo of shamrock on left wrist. Height 5 ft 5in, 128 lbs. 37 inch chest. B Coy 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
m. Elizabeth Gaynor, 1915 in Dublin. Address Crowdestown, Delvin, County Westmeath. Occupation on enlistment Metal moulder. Went AWOL from Rugby barracks. Son Malachy b 8 Jan 1918, died 3 days later.
Lance Corporal 3rd Bn. 1917 D Coy, 2nd Bn. Brown hair, blue eyes.I am interested in finding out more about the Furey's of Loughrea, it looked initially as if we had a Hibernian version of "Saving Private Ryan".
Malachy's cousins were the "Fuery" brothers of Mountbellew, k.i.a Loos and one on the Menin Gate along with a Great Uncle of mine.