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Published on November 13th, 2017 | by BoyleToday.com

17 Boyle soldiers killed in 1917

The annual Service of Remembrance organised by the Connaught Rangers Association was held in the grounds of King House on Sunday afternoon November 12th.

A number of wreaths were laid in remembrance of the 17 soldiers from Boyle who lost their lives in 1917.

Prayers were offered by Canon Hanly and Rev Yendall

The names and addresses and where many are buried was read out by Paul Malpas from the Connaught Rangers Association.

Below are the names and details of the 17 Boyle Soldiers who died in 1917:

Capt W H Anderson of Royal Army Medical Corps who died of influenza at Southampton, England in January 1917 aged 39. He was the 2nd son of John Anderson of Mount Erris House, Boyle, Co Roscommon.

Pte Patrick George O’Keefe MM. No. 3701 10th Prince of Wales Own Royal Hussars who died in England on 7th February1917. He was born in Cork, enlisted in Dublin but worked in Boyle, Co Roscommon. He was buried at Nunhead (All Saints) Cemetery, London.

Pte John O’Donnell No 25274 of 10th “Commercials” Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers who was killed in action on the Somme on Monday 5th February 1917. Born and lived in Ballyfarnon but enlisted in Boyle. He was the son of James and Ellen O’Donnell of Cloghboley, Co Sligo. He was buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

Sgt Thomas Priest No 25462 of 10th “Commercials” Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers who was killed in action on the Somme, France on 11th February 1917, aged 26. He was born 20th July 1890 at Knockroe, Boyle, Co Roscommon.. He was the son of Thomas Priest, a farmer and Honoria Priest nee Casey. He had joined the RIC No 65457 in Co Leitrim on 11th August 1910 aged 20. He was recommended by DI McLelland and posted to Co Monaghan on 1st March 1911. Enlisted in Dublin Fusiliers at Armagh on 10th December 1915. He was buried at Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France

Pte James Reynolds No 5784 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers. He died at home in Great Meadow, Boyle aged 17 on 16th March 1917. Son Of Michael, a baker, and Lizzie Reynolds of Greatmeadow, Boyle and his buried at Asylinn Cemetery, Boyle.

L/Cpl James McGarry No 21883 of 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers who was killed in action on 23rd April 1917 aged 29 at Arras, France. He was born in Sligo but lived and enlisted in Boyle. He was son of Patrick and Ann McGarry of 7 Upper John Street, Sligo. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France.

Rfm Thomas Waters No 609 1st Garrison Royal Irish Rifles. Formerly No 204 1st Connaught Rangers died in India on 13th June 1917. He was born and enlisted in Boyle. He is buried in Agar Cantonment Cemetery and remembered on the Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chine, India.

2nd Lt John Gilfillan Robertson of 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who was killed in action in Belgium on 7th June 1917 aged 21. He was born in Glasgow in 1896 and was the son of Mr J L and Mary Robertson of Camera House, Boyle, Co Roscommon. He is buried at Irish House Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

Cpl John Casey No 37856 of 13th Northumberland Fusiliers who died at Arras, France on 16th June 1917. He was born in Boyle but enlisted in Newcastle on Tyne where he worked. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial in France.

Pte Joseph McGowan No 3218 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers who was killed in action in the Struma Valley, Greece on 21st June 1917. He was born and lived in Boyle but enlisted in Oranmore, Co Galway. He is buried at Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.

Pte Peter Casey No 3/5524 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers who died on 23rd June 1917 aged 35 of wounds received at Wytschaete on 7th June 1917 at the Battle of Messines Ridge. He was born at Keash, Co Sligo but enlisted at Atherton , Lancashire where he worked and he lived at Tyldesley, Lancashire. He was the son of Michael and Anne Casey of Keash, Ballymote, Sligo and he was buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France

Pte Joseph Farrell No 27938 of 9th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action outside Ypres on 16th August 1917 aged 19 at the third Battle of Ypres known as Paschendaele. He was born in Boyle on 5th April 1898, enlisted in Boyle and lived at Ross Street, Boyle. He was the son of Joseph Farrell, a sailor, and Mrs Mary E Farrell nee Masterson of Ross St. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Sgt Arthur Bagnall Henry No 6142 of 7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles who was killed in action aged 36 on Thursday 16th August outside of Ypres at Third Battle of Ypres known as Paschendaele. He was born at Aghanagh, Ballinafad, Boyle and was the husband ofLillian E Rumball (formerly Henry) of Ashley House, Glastonbury, Somerset. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium and at Aghanagh Church of Ireland, Ballinafad.

L/Cpl Thomas Murphy No 43114 of 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and formerly No 9716 Connaught Rangers who was killed in action on Thursday 16th August outside of Ypres at the third Battle of Ypres Known as Paschendaele. He was born in Sligo but enlisted in Galway giving his address as Boyle. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Pte Richard G G Patterson No 14596 of 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers who was killed in action on Thursday 16th August outside of Ypres at the third Battle of Ypres known as Paschendaele. He was born in Boyle but enlisted at Portadown, Co Armagh giving his address as Richill, Co Armagh. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Pte Thomas Stanford No 6715 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers who was killed in action on 10th November outside of Ypres at the third Battle of Ypres known as Paschendaele. He was born in Boyle and enlisted at Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim giving his address as Boyle. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Pte James Brennan No 7523 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers who was killed in action aged 33 on 21st November 1917 at Croisilles, France. He was born in Boyle but enlisted in Inverness where he worked giving his address as Inverness and Lowparks, Boyle. He was the son of James and Bridget Brennan of Lowparks and he is buried at Croisilles Railway Cemetery, France.

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