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Offline PhilipG

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Captain J.O. McElroy : 14th Manchesters - ex POW
« on: November 09, 2019, 06:04:22 PM »
Captain McElroy was taken prisoner on the 14th December 1917 whilst serving with the 18th battalion and repatriated on the 3rd December 1918.    However, after repatriation he died on the 4th March 1919 and is buried in Killaraght Church of Ireland Churchyard, Gorteen, which I think is in Southern Ireland.    He must be one of a number of POW's who did not long survive after return from German hands.     Is anything further known about this officer?      PhilipG.

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Re: Captain J.O. McElroy : 14th Manchesters - ex POW
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2019, 08:23:54 PM »
captain john,oliver mcelroy
son of George+sarah,jane mcelroy cuilmore,gurteen
born 25-6-1880
bank clerk for bank of Ireland,joined july 1900
1901 boarder at india st,cromac
1911 boarder at little west st,drumillard
member of harmony masonic lodge,castleblaney,resigned 1911
joined priory masonic lodge,new ross,wexford 1911
wounded at Courtrai august 1917
captured at poelderhoek chateau on 14-12-17,he was acting captain of B.coy,and holding about 200-300yds of line with 50 men at the time,there was no wire in front of his sector and the action he was taken prisoner in,was over in minutes,most of his men were taken prisoner
died at the military hospital Grimsby 5-3-19 from pneumonia+influenza
buried in killaraght churchyard

Philip
google bank of Ireland staff service record 1914-1918,theres a nice photo of captain mcelroy

mack
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Re: Captain J.O. McElroy : 14th Manchesters - ex POW
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2019, 10:03:12 AM »
Mack,

Many thanks.   PhilipG.