Soldiers Of Tuam

Tuam was a military town and many Tuam men chose a military career. Patrick Brennan, served 40 years in the army before retiring back to Tuam as a Chelsea Pensioner. One of Patrick's sons, Bernard Simon, joined up but was killed in action in WW1.

If you know of any others then please email me and I can add them to the site.

Click on underlined names to take you to their record on The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

Bernard (Simon) Brennan (8 April 1892 - 10 Dec 1917)

Private 4/3894 6th Battalion., Leinster Regiment who died on Monday 10 December 1917  in Jerusalem. Son of Patrick Brennan and Mary Ward of Bishop Street Tuam.

Joseph Burke (About 1891 to 14 Nov 1914) 

Private 10811, Connaught Rangers who died aged 23 on 14th Nov 1914 in Belgium. Son of William and Delia Burke, of Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

James Harrison (1861 to 1905-1911): James enlisted in Galway on 14th November 1885 into the Connaught Rangers as Private No 1851.  He was born in Kilclooney, Ballinasloe, Galway, and was aged 24 years and 6 months at the time of his enlistment.  He was a labourer by trade.  His father had been a soldier, but was dead by this time.  Prior to enlistment James had been serving with the 5th battalion of the Connaught Rangers, which constituted the Militia Reserve.  James was unable to write and signed his records with his mark.  He was 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall and weighed 131 pounds.  He had a sallow complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair.  His religious denomination was that of a Roman Catholic.  James served in India from 23rd December 1886 until 15th December 1891.  The remainder of his service was spent At Home.  His mother was Jane Harrison, and his sister was Frannie or Nannie (difficult to decipher) Harrison.  Their place of residence was Manchester.  James discharged to the Army Reserve on 11th November 1897.  His character had been classed as Very Good. 

He married Mary Daly from Ballinasloe and retired from the Army in 1901, place of residence Church Hill, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.  His son James Harrison born  1896 married Margaret Murray of Dunmore Co. Galway, daughter of John Murray b. Dunmore and Mary Brennan b. Bishop St Tuam. Ann

Simon Heneghan (about 1897 to 9 October 1917) Lance Corporal 8306, 2nd Battalion., Irish Guards who died age 30 on 9 October 1917 in Flanders, Belgium. Son of James and Mary Heneghan, of Kilcloghans, Tuam; husband of Annie Heneghan, of Marley Tuam, Co. Galway. 

John James McFall born 20th Jan 1872 in Vicar St, Tuam son of James McFall and Mary Hart. James McFall was a Private in the British Army (57th Regt) and later in 1872 was stationed in India. It appears that his wife went with him and they had two further children in India before settling in England and having another two children. My problem is that in all later information gathered about the family their eldest child, John James, is absent. I am wondering if John James died prior to them setting sail for India, or if, being so young they did not take him and left him with family. It would appear that my McFall family come from Derry. I wonder if anyone would be able to help me in my search? If you have any ideas to help me trace this child, or any information about John James McFall. I would be extremely grateful to hear from you. Thank you for your time Lisa Moylan (nee McFall)

Joseph Monaghan (about 1887 to 3rd September 1916) Private 7273, Connaught Rangers, 6th Battalion. Son of Mrs. Anne Monaghan, of Cloonthue Rd., Tuam, Co. Galway. Honoured at the Thiepval War Memorial in France.

Patrick P Monaghan (about 1889 in Tuam to 3rd September 1916) Private 10700. Enlisted in Tuam. Joined Royal Munster Fusiliers. Killed In Action 03.09.1916 in France and Flanders aged 27. Married Margaret Sheehan. Lived Barrack Street, Kinsale, County Cork. He was formerly with the Connaught Rangers 8634. Honoured at the Thiepval War Memorial in France. Michael Rowe

James Murdoch About 1780 to November 1809)
Killed in Rodrigo, Spain November 1809 the 42nd at Foot-The Black Watch aged about 29. Husband of Mary Tully. Amanda

Patrick Quinn (1865-????) 
Private, 1st Connaught Rangers
Queen's South Africa medal #2778  [The service bars on his ribbon show he participated in the campaigns of Transvaal, the Relief of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Tugela Heights, and Cape Colony.]

John THORNTON (About 1797 to 1863) We have an ancestor who joined the army in 1815. On enlistment, he said that he was born in 1797 at Killwarren, Tuam, but we can find no trace of such a place. Does, or did, it exist? If not, should we assume that 'Killwarren' was the phonetic equivalent of the true name, possibly as spoken with an Irish accent and interpreted by an English recruiting sergeant? He returned to Ireland some time before 1841, and lived in Co Galway until his death in 1863.We should be most grateful if you could shed some light on this for us. Regards, Margaret and George Richards

Charles Ward (About 1884 to 21 Nov 1917) Private, 2457 2nd Garrison Battalion., Royal Irish Regiment who died on  21 Nov 1917.  Age 33. Son of Mrs. Jane Ward, of Harbour St., Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

James Thomas Ward (About 1888 - 20 Oct 1914) 
Private 4815 2nd Battalion., Leinster Regiment who died on Tuesday 20 October 1914. Age 26. Son of Martin and Mary Ward, of Timiduane, Clonburn, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

Patrick Ward  (About 1895 -17 Jan 1917) Private, 10112, "A" Coy. 1st Battalion., Connaught Rangers who died on Wednesday 17 January 1917 . Age 22 . 
Son of Denis and M. A. Ward, of Barrack St., Tuam, Co. Galway.

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