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.

Born on February 21st

Finn, William

Date of Birth
Address
Fethard
Service No.
4666
Rank
Date of Death
Age
33
Circumstances of Death
Died at Tooting Military Hospital
Other Biographical Details

Son of Matthew and Henrietta Finn nee Reville of Fethard, Co.Wexford

Walsh, Nicholas

Date of Birth
Address
Duncannon
Service No.
10775
Rank
Regiment
1st Battalion
Date of Death
Age
29
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action at the front, France
Other Biographical Details
Son of Michael and Caroline Walsh nee Day of 13 Ponton Street, Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London. Article in a Wexford newspaper.

Willis, John Henry

Date of Birth
Address
North London
Service No.
219
Rank
Regiment
18th
Date of Death
Age
32
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France
Other Biographical Details

Son of James and Elizabeth Willis née Robinson

Toole, David Frederick Jack

Date of Birth
Alias
Jack
Date of Death
Age
32
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action
Other Biographical Details

 

Son of William John and Magdalene Toole nee Thompson of Curracloe House, Curracloe.

Brother of Lieutenant Edward Thomas Toole died 15.09.1916.

Buried: Ontario Cemetery, Sains-les-Marquion, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Porter, William James

Date of Birth
Address
'Elmfield', Wexford
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
21
Circumstances of Death
Died of Wounds
Other Biographical Details

Son of William and Anne Elizabeth Porter nee Grandy of 'Elmfield' Wexford.

Smith, George Joseph

Date of Birth
Address
Maudlintown, Wexford
Service No.
2534
45th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
29
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France
Other Biographical Details

Son of Michael and Johanna Smith nee Sinnott of Maudlintown, Wexford.