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Carlow Great War Memorial


'Missing Names'

Missing Carlow soldiers names!

James Holden

Whilst browsing the list of men from Carlow killed in WW1 I notice that my grandfather’s brother James Holden is not on the list.
He was born in Burrin street in 1898. He was killed on 16th August 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial. He served in the Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers. I have his medal card in my possession.
James Holden, his nephew, named for him, and he is in his 80s and still lives in Carlow.
My grandfather, Joe, also served in the Royal Inniskillens.
Two older brothers Denis and Michael enlisted together in 1914 into the Royal Irish Regiment. They both survived the war. Denis going on to fight in the Spanish Civil War.
With regards to Denis, his age given in your source records is not accurate, he was born in 1891, so was 10 years younger than the age he was said to be during the fighting in Spain. I have done a great deal of research on Denis and at some time in the future I will make it public.


Sent in via e-mail from Marion Oya on 28th Dec 2009

The following observations were made by M. Brennan c2008

James Fitzpatrick

Vickers Limited, Sheffield - Roll of Honour - 1914-18

Fitzpatrick, James. Royal Army Medical Corps 20th Casualty Clearing Stn. Private. Service No. 33817. Age 39. Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. 21-Aug 1917. Son of Michael and Mary Fitzpatrick. Husband of Annie Eliza Fitzpatrick, of 24, Southern Street, Carbrook, Sheffield. ENGLAND.. Native of County Carlow. IRELAND.

(This man's name appears on the War Memorial)


Men of the Royal Garrison Regiment (1901-1905)

RGR No. Name, Place of Birth Former unit 
5059 John Bohanna Carlow RDF
6891 John Brien Hacklestown, Carlow RDF
5950 John Byrne Carlow RDF
7094 William Comerford Doonane, Carlow OLI
7955 James Donohoe Myshall, Carlow RDF
4934 James Ducie Carlow RMF
1910 Martin P. Farrell Carlow R. Irish Regt.
48 John Hughes Bagnalstown, Carlow RDF
1968 John Monks Carlow Leinster
4560 Lawrence Murphy Carlow RDF
4777 John Nolan Rathoe, Carlow RDF
2112 Michael Quinn Bagnalstown, Carlow R. Irish Regt.
1505 Patrick Rice Carlow RDF
2866 Maurice Smith Tullow, Carlow RDF
4981 John Summers Carlow Graiful, Carlow RDF
1002 Owen Tobin Bagnalstown, Carlow R. Irish Rif.
4094 Thomas Wall Tullow, Carlow KRRC


Acting Sergeant Patrick Lawler - Visit to Ireland 1903 Medal

(A.S. P. Lawler R.I.C.),  Acting Sergeant Patrick Lawler was a 20 year old farmer from Carlow, when he was recommended for appointment by Head Constable Dillon on 2 October 1885. He served in Counties Armagh, Leitrim, Kilkenny, and Waterford. He was made Paid Acting Sergeant in 1900 and Paid Sergeant in 1906. He was fined 5 shillings in 1888 for some misdemeanour and was pensioned off on 27 June 1918.


Lieut. James Kane-Smith, M.C.

Carlow Sentinel. May 17th 1919.

We regret to find amongst the official causality list this week the death of this gallant young Carlow soldier, who was eldest son of Mr and Mrs Kane-Smith, Little Moyle. He was attached to the R.F.A., and some months back was reported wounded and missing, but hopes of recovery were entertained up to the last. He was awarded the M.C. for distinguished services, while his kind and genial disposition made him a fast favourite amongst his many friends, who mourn his loss, and sympathise deeply with his bereaved parents.

The following is from London Gazette 9th of January 1918

T./2nd Lt. James Kane-Smith, R.F.A.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his battery was being heavily shelled he showed a total disregard for his personal safety in moving from gun-pit to gun-pit encouraging the men. He was in charge of the guns at the time, and although himself wounded, by his fearlessness and determination he rallied the men and maintained the accuracy of the fire of the battery.

He also arranged for the wounded to be cleared before allowing his own wound to be dressed.

This latest one has added another mystery to the Carlow War Memorial as this James Kane Smith is not listed? Another name to add to the Missing names page.

From: Terry Curran <> & Michael Purcell (PPP).

William Rappelle  Born - 13 April 1882, Accommodation Road, Carlow.
Residence - Winnipeg from 1905 to death in 1949
Next of Kin - His brother John Rappelle, of Leighlin Street, Graiguecullen, Carlow
Joined Canadian Expeditionary Force on 28 October 1914. Died - 24 September 1949 in Winnipeg, Canada.
I have had all his census and military details linked on the Canadian website Automated Genealogy - if you need to double check this information.

The above was sent in by Mary Nolan June 2010

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