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Re: Peter MAHER Longford Town
« Reply #9 on: Monday 04 June 18 09:55 BST (UK) »
As far as I can establish, Peter and Francis Maher of Ballinamore, both served in the army during the 1914-18 war. Francis was in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, number 13518 and Peter in the Connaught Rangers, number 10675. I am researching Leitrim men and women who took part in the war and would be glad to hear of their time in the war or indeed of any of their fellow countymen or women in the war, about 1,000 in all.

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Re: Peter MAHER Longford Town
« Reply #10 on: Monday 04 June 18 11:41 BST (UK) »
1901  Peter and Francis
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Leitrim/Ballinamore/Canabel__High_Street/1481469/

1911 Peter
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cavan/Ballyconnell/Snugborough/317314/

1911 Francis
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Leitrim/Carrigallen_West/Carrigallen_Town__Part_of_Main_Street/658421/

Peter Maher,Connaught Rangers, 7143408,born Ballinamore,Leitrim,Shoemaker,
Date of attestment 21st April 1913 at Curragh
Age 18yrs 6mts
next of kin brother Francis,Main St ,Carrigallen,Co Leitrim
B E F 1914 to  1915  Star
Mesopotamia 1915/1916/1917/1918
E E F 1918  British war and victory medal's  10675
To Northamphshire Regt 3rd July 1922
https://www.nam.ac.uk/soldiers-records/persons?ss=%7B%22q%22:%22maher%22%7D

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Re: Peter MAHER Longford Town
« Reply #11 on: Monday 04 June 18 12:03 BST (UK) »
for John Logan
if you enter Leitrim into the search box you get 76 men
https://www.nam.ac.uk/soldiers-records/persons?ss=%7B%22q%22:%22leitrim%22%7D


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Re: Peter MAHER Longford Town
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 05 June 18 15:53 BST (UK) »
Hello John,
Good luck with you research into Leitrim men in WW1 - obviously our research has been from the family history perspective and you seem to have been given some pointers by Dathai. We found a few more details when Ancestry had a free military weekend and also a website called militaryarchives.ie  We had not been looking at my Uncle Frank's record which is another interesting fact to note, but at my father's (Peter) record.  We found that he is recorded as having deserted from the British Army on 28.09.22 at Northampton. He next appears as an infantry sergeant on the census of the (fledgling?) Irish Army at Curragh command Stewart BRO Post on 12th November 1922, pay no. 34715, Reg No. HR4008, next of kin brother Tom in London (that's a fact).
Another record of men entitled to the Victory Medal and/or British War Medal shows his name and no 10675 with a hand-written comment "Retd 1743 RR 1912 CRV 29/B - 4/10/23 8270 Act" which means nothing to us! This record is marked Cork xx.May.1920 and has him as Private in 2/Connaught and 1/Connaught.
We remember from family conversations him mentioning Mesopotamia but did not understand it at the time (as very young children).  Our next record is of him back in civvy street as a shoemaker in Longford in the late 1920s/early 30s.  If you do discover anything further after his military time we would very interested to hear of it. His brother Frank went on to England by the late 1930s (working as a chauffeur to Sir Handley Page of aircraft fame) and Dad followed but we do not exactly when until he married my mother in London in 1943.
Rosemary Weeks (nee Maher).