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  cap badgePrivate Charles Cullinan

1st Battalion Leinster Regiment
Service No: 3716

Charles Cullinan grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Patrick and Ann Lynch Cullinan of Claureen House, Ennis, Co. Clare. Charles' younger brother Private John Cullinan of the 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers (6476) Died of Wounds on the 18/05/1915 aged 35. He is NOT on the Memorial.

Born / Resided

Ennis, Co. Clare / 67 Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge.

Died

Died of Wounds 07/05/1915

Enlisted

Coatbridge 07/09/1914

Employed

Tube Worker in the British Tube Works.

Age

40 / DOB - 14/03/1875

Buried / Remembered

Divisional Cemetery (A. 16), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was first used by Commonwealth units at the end of April 1915 and continued in use until May 1916. Row C contains the collective grave of 23 men of the 2nd Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment who were killed in the German gas attack at Hill 60 on 5 May 1915. The cemetery was used again from July 1917, mostly by artillery units, for burials arising from the 1917 Flanders offensive. There are 283 First World War burials within the cemetery.

Additional Information

Charles is listed as CUNNIENE on his MIC, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his Ireland Casualties WW1, his Pension Record and CULLINAIN on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos). The correct family name is CULLINAN. A huge thank you to Keir and everyone at the Clare Peace Park Committee for the Clare Memorial photos and the following information. Charles Cullinan: Ennis, died of wounds 7th May 1915 age 41, during the Second Battle of Ypres (22 April – 25 May 1915). 1st Bn Leinster Regiment, 82nd Brigade in 27th Division. G/M in Belgium. Also known as Charles Cunnienne. Son of Patrick and Ann Cullinan. The Second Battle of Ypres (April 22nd- May 25th1915) began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence. The 1st Battalion Leinster Regiment arrived at Ypres on 2 April 1915. Hill 60 was strategically important and was captured by the British. They suffered heavy casualties when the Germans shelled the town. The Germans launched their offensive on 22 April. The British were forced to retreat. The battalion was heavily involved in the preparation of the new line. On 5 May they were gassed. The Germans retook Hill 60. About his brother John - John Cullinan: Ennis, died of wounds 18th May 1915 age 35 at Rue Du Bois in the Battle of Aubers Ridge, Royal Munster Fusiliers 2nd Bn, G/M in France. He was the son of Patrick and Annie Cullinan. ‘The British bombardment began at 5 a.m., the Munsters then pressing forward with extraordinary bravery, German fire sweeping No-Mans-Land, some Munsters audaciously charging ahead through the German lines, briefly waving a green flag on its breastwork, then moving beyond until cut off by the British artillery bombardment that followed, which killed many sheltering in shell craters. By 11 a.m. the 2RMF was withdrawn with only 3 officers and 200 men remaining, having lost 19 and 370 respectively. It was one of only two battalions to reach the German lines. But suffered the regiment's highest loss of any one day of the war, 11 officers and 140 men killed in action.’ ‘We hear also received news of the death of his son, John, who was in the Munsters, in the late fighting. He had been home on leave wounded, about three months ago.’ Also remembered in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for Charles' Medal Index Card, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his Ireland Casualties WW1, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Pension Records x 2, Divisional Cemetery and the Leinster Regiment Cap Badge. Also see photos for Charles' brother John's Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his Medal Index Card, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Wimereux Communal Cemetery and the Royal Munster Fusiliers Cap Badge. Also see photos x 5 kindly donated by Keir McNamara. The Clare Memorial was erected in 2016.

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