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  cap badgePrivate Richard Cawley

1st Battalion Connaught Rangers
Service No: 5396

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Personal details

Family Information

Husband of Helen Cawley (20/06/1884- ) of 239g Main St, Coatbridge. Father of 3 children, Kathleen born 12/08/1906, John Patrick born 30/03/1909 and Annie born 21/07/1912. Richard's Pension was awarded to his wife Helen (Ellen) on the 08/01/1919. She remarried and became Mrs Ellen McGill. Their 3 children are also listed.

Born / Resided

Bunninadden, Co. Sligo / 239g Main St, Coatbridge.


Died of Wounds 08/06/1916


Coatbridge March 1915


Tennents Foundry.


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Buried / Remembered

Basra War Cemetery (V. Q. 21), Iraq.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

During the First World War, Basra was occupied by the 6th (Poona) Division in November 1914, from which date the town became the base of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. A number of cemeteries were used by the MEF in and around Basra; Makina Masus Old Cemetery was used from December 1914 to October 1916 and the Makina Masus New Extension was begun alongside the old cemetery in August 1917. These two sites formed the basis of the war cemetery. The site was significantly enlarged after the war when over 1000 graves were brought in from various sites. The cemetery contains 2,560 burials of the First World War, of which 76 are unidentified and 10 are non-commonwealth casualties (mostly Russian refugees). In addition, 6 casualties whose graves could not be found during the reburial phase were commemorated on special memorial headstones.

Additional Information

Newspaper clippings state Richard COWLEY and give the 09/06/1915 FRANCE as date and place of death. Also remembered on the St Patrick's Roll of Honour. See photos for Richard's Medal Index Card, Newspaper clippings x 3, his name in the Ireland Casualties WW1, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects x 2 (2nd one has COWLEY as surname), his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 3, his Headstone Report, Basra War Cemetery and Memorial, the Connaught Rangers Cap Badge and Richard's Pension Records x 3.

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