Welcome to Wexford Great War Dead

During the Great War, 1914 – 1918, a large number of men from Co. Wexford fought and died in the conflict which has been described as  'the war to end all wars'. This conflict resulted in a catastrophic loss of life and had dire and lasting consequences for generations across Europe.

In Wexford, the local newspapers of the period are full of the obituaries of those men and women, military and civilian, who died as a result of the war.

Until recently, it was believed that just over 500 men from Co. Wexford, who had enlisted in the British military, died fighting in the land war on the Western Front, Middle East and at Gallipoli. Research now shows this number drastically understates the loss of life for County Wexford.

Due to advances in digital archiving and on-line research tools, we now have access to Naval Service, Royal Flying Corp and Mercantile Marine records, as well as digitised birth, marriage and death records for the period. These advances in technology and research methods allow us to develop a fuller picture of the devastation caused to families and communities in County Wexford by The Great War.

Where have all the young men gone?


When we scan the Census forms
In twenty twenty one and wonder,
Where have all the young men gone?
Then we remember.  Ypres, Mons,
And the Somme.

They went to war a hundred years ago
Brothers, Fathers, and Uncles, we never grew to know.
Where have all the young men gone?
They lay at rest in Ypres, Mons,
And the Somme

The Volunteers answered Redmond's call,
When Britain's back, was against the  wall.
Never returned to where they came from
Now at peace in Ypres, Mons,
And the Somme.

Today crowds who stand and silently wait, for the
Last post and reveille, at the Mennin Gate.
Read men’s names and the regiments they came from
Who lie in graves, unmarked, at Ypres, Mons
And the Somme.

That mournful sound as buglers play.
The Last Post in Mennin at the end of day.
Their memory in towns and villages will live on.
As they rest quietly now, In Gallipolli, Ypres, Mons,
And the Somme.

To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of The Great War  1914--1918. In Memory of. Pte Thomas Byrne. 1900. 6th Bn. Royal Irish Regt. Killed in Action at Passchendale, Ypres. 5th August 1917.
Tom O'Byrne, (Nephew) August 2018.

Died on March 21st

Canham, Herbert Michael

Date of Birth
Service No.
1691
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
23
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details
Son of Alfred and Mary Canham. The 1911 Census shows him at Cornwall, Killurin.

Doyle, James

Address
Duncormick, Co. Wexford.
Service No.
15020
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
Unknown
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action, France
Other Biographical Details
Son of Ann Doyle, siblings Patrick, Catherine and Mary

Doyle, Michael

Date of Birth
Address
Carnew, Co. Wexford.
Service No.
4435
Rank
7th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
30
Circumstances of Death
Killed in action in France
Other Biographical Details

Son of James Doyle of Collatton Row, Carnew, Co. Wicklow. 

Furniss, Martin

Date of Birth
Address
Chapel Lane, New Ross
Service No.
69338
Rank
5th Reserve Brigade
Date of Death
Age
24
Circumstances of Death
Died of wounds at the Military Hospital, Lincoln, England
Other Biographical Details

Son of James and Mary Furniss nee Kavanagh of Church Lane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Brother of Patrick Furniss.

Holden, Patrick

Date of Birth
Service No.
5314
Rank
7th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
19
Circumstances of Death
Killed in action in France
Other Biographical Details

Son of Patrick and Bridget Holden nee Power of Military Barracks, Michael Street, New Ross. His mother later resided at 10 Bailey's Lane, Cork.

Neville, Martin

Date of Birth
Address
Bannow
Service No.
11537
7th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
19
Circumstances of Death
Killed in France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details
Son of John and Margaret Neville née Roach.

Reynolds, James

Date of Birth
Service No.
26065
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
26
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action
Other Biographical Details
Wexford newspaper article. Son of John Reynolds

Roche, Joseph

Date of Birth
Address
Wexford
Service No.
19236
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
29
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details

Son of Thomas and Ellen Roche née Redmond.

Rothwell, John Francis

Address
Taghmon
Service No.
5624
Rank
7th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
Unknown
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details
Son of Matthias and Sarah Rothwell of Growtown, Taghmon.

Thomas, James

Date of Birth
Service No.
1981
Rank
7th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
38
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details
Son of John and Eliza Thomas née Devlin. Husband of Mary née Forrestal.

Born on March 21st

Caulfield, Robert

Date of Birth
Address
New Ross
Service No.
371737
Regiment
8th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
23
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details

Son of James and Margaret Caulfield nee Browne of Lady Lane, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

Chapman, William Stephen

Date of Birth
Address
South Main Street, Wexford
Service No.
3/16799
Rank
3rd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
24
Circumstances of Death
Died of wounds
Other Biographical Details

Son of William Joseph and Maria Elizabeth Chapman nee Connell. His father was a navy pensioner and lived at William Street, Sligo. In 1911, William jnr was a draper's assistant in Wexford town at the drapery and boot factoring business of Thomas Masterton, Sount Main Street.

Kearns, Thomas

Date of Birth
Service No.
5766
Rank
5th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
24
Circumstances of Death
Died in Salonika
Other Biographical Details
Son of Thomas and Mary Kearns née Hamilton. Married Anastasia Roche 1913.

Doyle, William

Date of Birth
Service No.
26497
67th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
27
Circumstances of Death
Killed in action in Flanders
Other Biographical Details

Son of Patrick and Catherine Doyle nee Whitty, 37 Doyle's Street, Waterford. His father Able Seaman Patrick Doyle, SS Formby, was killed 16 December 1917.

Fitzgerald, Michael

Date of Birth
Address
Ballycanew
Service No.
939
Rank
Regiment
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
25
Circumstances of Death
Died of wounds in France
Other Biographical Details

Son of Michael and Margaret Fitzgerald nee Jones, Ballycanew.