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Richard  Cawley cap badgePrivate Richard Cawley

1st Battalion Connaught Rangers
Service No: 5396

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Family Information

Son of John and Annie Cawley. 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. Helen (Ellen) remarried and became Mrs Ellen McGill. Their 3 children are also listed.

Born / Resided

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

Died

Died of Dysentery on the 08/06/1916 in a Hospital in Iraq

Enlisted

Coatbridge 03/1915

Employed

Tennents Foundry.

Age

44 / DOB - 10/01/1872

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

The Battalion served on the Western Front until leaving France on the 11/12/1915, whereupon it moved to Mesopotamia (Iraq). The Battalion arrived at Basra on the 10/01/1916 and were part of the 7th (Ferozepore) Brigade, 3rd (Lahore) Division. Their movement from France began on the 8th December 1915. Headquarters was established on the 16th January 1916 and they came under orders of the Tigris Corps, but the urgency of the need to relieve the 6th (Poona) Division which was besieged at Kut-al-Amara led to the units of the Division being committed piecemeal as they arrived. It was not until mid-February 1916 until the full command structure of the Division was once again operational. In 1916 the Division fought at the following : 21st January - the first attack on the Hanna (7th and 9th Brigades only), 8th March - Attack on the Dujaila Redoubt, 17th-18th April - Action of Bait Aisa. The Division then remained in the Mesopotamia theatre for the rest of the war. Newspaper clippings state Richard COWLEY and give the 09/06/1915 France as date and place of death. Richard is also remembered on the St Patrick's Roll of Honour. See photos for Richard's Medal Index Card, Newspaper clippings x 3, 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, Basra War Cemetery and Memorial, the Connaught Rangers Cap Badge, Richard's Pension Records x 3, the CWGC Iraq Roll of Honour x 4, Richard's name in the CWGC Iraq Roll of Honour, his Headstone Report, his name on the Basra Memorial Panel List and Richard's listing in the Ireland Casualties WW1. Finally, see photos for Richard's Birth Certificate, his Baptismal Certificate x 2, Richard remembered at the Co. Sligo Great War Memorial Garden x 3 and the Memorial Garden which was officially unveiled on the 28th April 2023 x 5. Many thanks to Simone and the Lest Sligo Forgets team for information regarding Richard and making sure that Co. Sligo's brave men are always remembered.

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