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From anecdoatal accounts, he was captured as a POW early in the war (I'm assuming within the first year ) after seeing action in Flanders. He spent the rest of the war in a P.O.W. camp (or perhaps was moved I don't know) where he survived Spainish Influenza and was one of very few men in his regiment to make it back home.
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Dear John, Thanks so much for that. No I did not know that it was my relative who was k.i.a, I never read that excerpt before and only found out about him when looking for my Great-Great-Grandad (same name). Malachy is buried nearby at Laventie. I just wondered if that action had a name (battle of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers) the dates did not fit. I hope to visit his grave before the years end, I managed his cousin Patrick in August, but public transport stymied me. Once again Dia dhuit! K.
7th April 1915. Rouge Croix.
Lieut-Colonel Ravenshaw C.M.G. appointed A.A. & Q.M.G. 1st Division and relinquishes command of the battalion, his departure being much regretted by all ranks. Lieut.-Colonel S.J. Murray assumes command of the Battalion.
Party of pioneers promised last night to repair the communications trench to the Advanced Post did not arrive and another party promised for tonight.
Sanitary conditions of the Advanced Post now much improved as dead cow and all dead bodies inside the Post have now been in some way disposed of. The dead round the post it is impossible to reach though efforts to drag them inside the post with a rope and bury them were made. But with such heavy sniping going on it is almost impossible to move at night.
C Coy in Right Fire Trench relieved by A Coy from billets. D Coy proceeds to billets.
1 killed. 2 wounded. 3 to hospital.
The man killed was as you know 4240 Pte. Malachy Furey.