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  cap badgePrivate William Murtagh

1st Battalion Irish Guards No 4 Company
Service No: S/3291

William Murtagh grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Josephine Murtagh of New Cottages, Duleek St, Drogheda, Co. Louth. From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - Priests Lane, Westgate, Drogheda No. 3., Louth, Ireland - John Murtagh aged 35, Josephine Murtagh aged 30, William Murtagh aged 12, Thomas Murtagh aged 7, Josephine Murtagh aged 5, Mary Christina Murtagh aged 2. William's Pension was awarded to his mother Josephine on the 16/05/1916.

Born / Resided

Drogheda, Co. Meath / 33 Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 17/02/1915 at Cuinchy

Enlisted

Drogheda 1914

Employed

Tube Worker in the British Tube Works

Age

24

Buried / Remembered

Cuinchy Communal Cemetery (II. D. 4), Nord, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Cuinchy remained during almost the whole of the War within range of German guns, and the cemeteries in the Commune were made, so far as British troops are concerned, by fighting units and Field Ambulances. There are now over 100, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Two graves from the 1914-18 War, destroyed by shell fire, are represented by special memorials.

Additional Information

Cuinchy is a village situated 10 kilometres east of Bethune. The cemetery is situated in the civil cemetery about one kilometre from the railway station. Cuinchy is a village situated 10 kilometres east of Bethune. William returned home to his native Drogheda to enlist. Also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds and St Augustine's Churches Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his listing in the Ireland Casualties WW1, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, the Irish Guards Cap Badge, Drogheda War Memorial and William's name on the Drogheda War Memorial (personally taken by myself) and finally William's Will x 3.

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