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Thomas Joseph Monahan

MONAHAN, Thomas Joseph

Thomas Joseph Monahan was born in Dublin on the 30th of May 1891 to John Terence Monahan and Maria McManus. He was the eldest of their four children, three of whom were alive in 1911. John Monahan was an Upholsterer and they were living in Fleet Street, in the centre of Dublin city, when Thomas was born. They were living in Cuber(?) Lane when Margaret was born in 1894 and in Lower Gardiner Street when Bernard was born in 1896. None of the family has been found in the 1901 censuses in Ireland or the U.K. In the 1911 census Maria was living with her daughter Margaret and her mother Ellen in Avondale Avenue, Arran Quay. Maria said that she was married and no death certificate has been found for John Monahan.

On his unofficial soldier’s will, which Thomas Monahan wrote, he gave his mother’s address as Phibsboro Road. Unfortunately this will was undated and unsigned. His medals record indicates that he was at the Front from September 1914 and that he was a Driver with the 21st Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He was wounded in July 1918 and was transferred to the 4th Reserve Brigade.

Presumably returning after leave in Dublin he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October. He did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered. He was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin.



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