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Published on October 17th, 2018 | by BoyleToday.com

Memorial planned to Boyle war dead

Work is progressing on a memorial to the 127 men from Boyle who lost their lives in the Great War.

Boyle lost more men in the last year of the Great War than in any other year.

The memorial will be unveiled on Sunday November 11th at 11am at King House.

Some of the Boyle men who gave their lives in 1918, courtesy of the Connaught Rangers Association are as follows:

  1. Pioneer James O’Connor No 330981 of the Inland Waterways and Docks of Royal Engineers, died at home in Dublin on 11th January 1918.  Born Boyle and buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin.
  2. L/cpl James Fanning No 0/7338, 14th Depot (Zeneghem), Royal Army Service Corps died Saturday 2nd February 1918 aged 26.  Born Coothall, Boyle, Son of Stephen and Eliza Fanning of Fostra, Knockvicar, Boyle and is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France.
  3. Pte William Dodd No 4599, 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers was killed in action on 10th March 1918 in Palestine.  He was born in Boyle on 7th July 1893 the son of Patrick and Brigid Dodd nee Farrell of Green Street, Boyle.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. His brother John also fell.
  4. Capt. Bernard J Cunningham 7th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers was killed in action on 21st March 1918 in the German Spring Offensive.  He was the son of T T Cuningham of Boyle and Mrs Cunningham nee O’Beirne of Kilmore, Co Roscommon.  He is bnuried atUnicorn Cemetery, Vend’huile, Aisne, France.
  5. Pte Frank Glover No 27281 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers was killed in action on 21st March 1918 in the German Spring Offensive.  He was aged 25. He was born in Kilteevan and was the son of Michael and Ellen Glover of Termon, Boyle.  His body was never found and he is remembered on the Poziere Memorial, Somme, France.
  6. Pte Joseph Higgins No 3117 C Company 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers was killed in action on 21st March 1918 in the German Spring Offensive.  He was 26 years old. He was born in Boyle, the son of Mrs Ellen Higgins of Green Street, Boyle.  His body was never found and he is remembered on the Poziere Memorial, Somme, France
  7. Pte John Lee No 15061 of 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment was killed in action on 21st March 1918 in the German Spring Offensive.  He was aged 38. He was born in Boyle, the husband of Mary Lee of Silveroe, Boyle.  His body was never found and he is remembered on the Poziere Memorial, Somme, France.
  8. Lt Ulick Moore 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers was killed in action on 22nd March 1918 in the German Spring Offensive.  HE was 22 years old. He was born in Boyle on 9th March 1896.  He was the son of Col Maurice Moore of the Connaught Rangers and Evelyn Moore of Moore Hall, Ballyglass, Co Mayo and 5 Seaview Terrace, Donnybrook, Dublin.  He is buried at Ste Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, Somme, France.
  9. Pte Frank Wynne No 9900 of 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers was killed on 21st March 1918 in the German Spring Offensive.  He was aged 27 being born on 3rd August 1891 in Boyle, the son of Patrick and Ellen Wynne, nee Scanlon of Mockmoyne, Boyle.  He is buried at Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. His brothers Thomas, John and Michael also fell.
  10. Pte Joseph Killean No 260440 7th (West and Cumberland Yeomanry Battalion) Border Regiment.  Died of wounds received on 23rd March 1918 during German Spring Offensive.  He was born in Boyle and lived in Rockingham.  He was formerly No 193 Royal Lancashire Hussars.  His body was never found and he is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France.
  11.  L/Sgt John Hyndman Watson No 20076 15th Battalion Royal Scots was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on 16th April 1918 aged 27.  He was born in Boyle the son of the Rev John Watson, a Presbyterian minister of Drumderrig, Boyle.  He had been previously wounded in 1917. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Ploegstreet Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium and the Memorial at Boyle Presbyterian Church.
  12. Pte Robert Boynton  MM and Bar No 7967 2nd Battalion Irish Guards was killed in action on 23rd April 1918 at Hazebrouck, France aged 25.  He was born in Boyle on 16th April 1894.  He was the eldest son of John Boyton, a blacksmith and his wife Annie Boynton nee Davey of Chapel St, Boyle.  He is buried at Nieppe-Bois British Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, France.
  13.  Pte John Conlon No 18301 of 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment and formerly 4452 Connaught Rangers was killed in action at Hazebrouk, France on 3rd May 1918 aged 43.  He was born in Cootehall, Boyle.  He was the son of Hugh and Catherine Conlon of Clegna, Cootehall, Boyle.  He is buried at Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Nord, France.
  14. Pte Edward Doyle No 6060 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment and formerly 6743 Connaught Rangers was killed in action on the Somme on 20th May 1918.  He was born in Boyle but lived in Wiltshire.  He is buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France
  15. Pte John Dodd No 6101 of 2nd Leinster Regiment was killed in action on14th June 1918 at Hazebrouck, France.  He was born in Boyle but enlisted in Cork where he worked. He is buried at Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, France
  16. Sgt Herbert James Stewart No 11519 Canadian Gas Service Corps, 3rd Canadian Division died from pneumonia contracted whilst on active service at No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, France on 5th July 1918 aged 23.  He was born in Boyle on 2nd March 1895.  He was the second son of James A Stewart, headmaster of Boyle Academic Institution and Proprietor of Boyle Electric and Ice Works and his wife Catherine Elizabeth Stewart nee McCarter of Abbey Terrace, Boyle.  He is buried at Etaples Cemetery, France and is remembered on the Memorial in Boyle Presbyterian Church.
  17. Pte James Taggart No T4/124354 Royal Army Service Corps died at home in Dubnlin on 7th July 1918 aged 49.  He was born in Boyle and is buried at Grangegorman British Cemetery in Dublin.
  18. Capt George Edward Henry McElroy MC and Bar, DFC and Bar of the Royal Air Force and previously the Royal Garrison Artillery was killed in action on Wednesday 31st July 1918 whilst flying near Laventie, France.  He was the son of Samuel McElroy BA and Ellen McElroy of Donnybrook School in Dublin and Kiltycreighton, Boyle.  He is buried at Laventie Military Cemetery, Gorgue, Nord, France.
  19. Driver Thomas R C Bolas No T/328772 3rd Cavalry Reserve Park, Royal Army Service Corps died of wounds on the Somme on 9th August 1918 aged 26.  He was born in Boyle but lived in Stockport and was the son of Thomas and Mary Bolas.  He is buried at Longeau British Cemetery, Somme, France.
  20. Cpl John Reynolds No 4/7035 10th King’s Own Scottish Borderers and formerly Corporal No 6530 of 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers and 11302 Connaught Rangers was killed in action on 25th August 1918 at Hazebrouck, France aged 38.  He was born in Boyle the son of Richard and Mrs B Reynolds of Ross Lane, Boyle.  He had previously served 12 years with the Connaught Rangers. He is buried at Nieppe-Bois British Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, France.
  21. L/Cpl Thomas Joseph Staunton No 18445 C Company 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers was killed in action on 2nd September 1918 at Arras France aged 22.  He lived in Boyle and was the son of John and Ellen Staunton, Doone, Kilconnell, Co Galway.  He is buried at St Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St Martin sur Cojeul, France.
  22. Pte John Brennan No 2840 8th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment and formerly 1738 Connaught Rangers and 3020 Royal Irish Fusiliers was killed in action on 6th September 1918 at Ypres, Belgium.  He was born in Boyle , his body was never found and he is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium
  23. Dvr Frederick Carr No 10342 12th Royal Field Artillery was killed in action on 10th September 1918 near Bapaume, France.  He was the son of Richard and Mary Ann Carr and husband of Mary Elizabeth Carr nee Bridges of Behy,Knockvicar, Boyle.  He is buried at Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France and he is remembered at Ardcarne Church of Ireland, Ardcarne, Boyle.
  24. Sgt Roger Cooney No 27874 1st Battalion Leinster Regiment died of wounds received in Palestine on 18th September 1918.  He was the second eldest son of Farmer Thomas and Mary Cooney of Cloonshaghan, Boyle and husband of Kathleen Cooney of Dysart, Dunleer, Co Louth.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
  25. Signaller George Burns Taylor No 100401 16th Battalion Manitoba Regiment, attached to the Canadian Signalling Corps was killed in action on 1st October 1918 at Tilloy, Arras, France aged 33.  He was born in Boyle the son of George, a jeweller and Jane Taylor nee Shera of the Crescent, Boyle.  He is buried at Canada Cemetery, Tilloy-lez-Cambrai, France and he is remembered in the Church of Ireland, Boyle.
  26. Pte Bernard Cahill No 1569 2nd Battalion Prince of Wales Volunteers, South Lancashire Regiment died whilst a prisoner of war in Germany on 3rd October 1918.  He was born in Boyle but lived in Warrington, Lancashire.
  27. Rfmn James Hinchie No 13383 4th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps was killed in action at Prospect Hill, Gouy, France on 3rd October 1918.  He was born in Boyle and is buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, France.
  28. Pte Thomas Mulrennan MM No 18383 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers formerly No 25970 Royal Dublin Fusiliers aged 20.  He was killed in action on the Somme, France on 4th October 1918.  He was born in 1896 at Treenamarly, Ballinameen. Boyle the son of Thomas and Bridget Mulrennan.  He is buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France.
  29. Pte Charles Rushworth No 20967 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers formerly of the Soputh Irish Horse was killed in action on 7th October 1918.  He was the son of Mrs M Rushford of Oakport, Boyle.  He is buried at Guizancourt Farm Cemetery, Guoy, Aisne, France and he is remembered in Ardcarne Church of Ireland, Boyle.
  30. Pte John Maughan No 4788 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers was killed in action.  He lived in Boyle and is buried at Serain Military Cemetery Extension, Aisne, France.
  31. Pte Michael Wynne No 15098 formerly  3078 Leinster Regiment was killed in action  at Le Cateau, France. He served in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine.  He was the son of the late Patrick and Ellen Wynne nee Scanlon of Mockmoyne, Boyle.  He is buried at Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay, France. His brothers Thomas, John and Frank also fell.
  32. Cpl William McKay No 4/2941 of 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers died of wounds received at Serain on 11th October 1918.  He was born on 19th July 1882 at Grange, Boyle but lived at Drum, Boyle.  He was the second eldest son of Henry and Mary McKay nee Ryan  of Drum. He is buried at Serain Communal Cemetery Extension, Aisne, France.
  33. Pte Michael Connor No 4585 of 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers died in Palestine on 23rd October 1918 aged 22.  He was born in Boyle but lived inRochdale.  He was the son of Michael and Margaret Connor nee Grady formerly of Green St, Boyle. He is buried in Haifa War Cemetery, Israel.
  34. Pte John Rea No 553854 Labour Corps and formerly 18233 of Royal Irish Regiment and 3741 of 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers who died of influenza at Newtownards, Co Down on 28th October 1918 aged 46.  He was born in Cootehallbut lived in Clooneybrien, Ardcarne, Boyle.  He was the son of John, an army pensioner and Mary Rea of Clooneybrien.  He had served two years in Salonika with the Connaught Rangers. He is buried in Assylinn Cemetery, Boyle.
  35. Pte Michael Regan No 8096 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment who died on 4th November 1918 aged 18.  He was born in Boyle, the son of Katie Regan of Church St.  He is buried in Assylinn Cemetery, Boyle.

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