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 May 22nd

Mercer, Samuel Alexander

Date of Birth
Service No.
WR/552234, also 168453
Rank
Regiment
Date of Death
Age
33
Circumstances of Death
Died in Mesopotamia
Other Biographical Details
Son of George and Anna Rebecca Mercer nee Clarke of Gorey.

Born on May 22nd

O’loughlin, James

Date of Birth
Address
Cordangan, Tipperary
Service No.
3123
Rank
Regiment
1st Battalion
Date of Death
Age
25
Circumstances of Death
Died of Wounds France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details
Son of James and Margaret O'Loughlin née Powell of Cordangan, Tipperary. His father was an RIC constable.

Roche, James

Date of Birth
Address
15 College Road North, Blundell Sands, Liverpool
Service No.
6701
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
38
Circumstances of Death
Killed in action in Flanders
Other Biographical Details

Son of James and Catherine Agnes Roche nee Rowe, Ballycogley, Co. Wexford. Sole legatee was his sister Mary Kate Roche, 67 Empire Road, Liverpool. Other siblings were Walter, Richard, Patrick, and Ellen.

Moran, John

Date of Birth
Address
New Ross
Service No.
13718
Rank
8th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
43
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details
Husband of Mary Anne Moran of 7 Windmill Lane, New Ross, Co.Wexford.Son of James and Anastasia Moran née Long.

Toole, Richard

Date of Birth
Address
Shannon, Enniscorthy
Service No.
3930
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
24
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details
Son of Richard and Anne Toole née Byrne. Article in The People 1915

Hearn, Mr. John

Date of Birth
Address
Ruane, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Date of Death
Age
51
Circumstances of Death
Civilian passenger on board R.M.S. Leinster which was sunk by torpedoes in the Irish Sea, 16 miles east of Dublin, shortly before 10am on the morning of 10th October 1918
Other Biographical Details

Mr. Hearn was involved with the Star Engineering works in Wexford and was also a significant employer in his native town of New Ross. He had been a member of the local Urban Council since 1899 and occupied the chair for several years. He was also chairman of the New Ross Technical Committee for a number of years and had represented the New Ross Division on Wexford County Council for the previous eleven years, having succeeded his brother, Mr. J.B. Hearn. 
Mr. Hearn's only son was serving as an officer in the A.T.S. He was also survived by his brothers, James B. Hearn, Denis B. Hearn, Patrick Hearn, Dr. W.F. Hearn, solicitor, and Col. M. Hearn.
His Body was lost at sea.