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 July 2nd

Murphy, Thomas

Date of Birth
Address
Kiltealy, Co. Wexford.
Service No.
19545
Rank
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
28
Circumstances of Death
Died of Wounds Battle of the Somme
Other Biographical Details

Son of James (a carpenter by trade) and Bridget Murphy née Breen of Kiltealy.  Brother of James Murphy Junior of Cloroguemore, Kiltealy, Enniscorthy. Buried in Plot 1. Row G, Grave 18 Bertrancourt Military Cemetery. France.

Born on July 2nd

Dwyer, James

Date of Birth
Service No.
228912
Regiment
Date of Death
Age
29
Circumstances of Death
Killed during the Battle of Jutland.
Other Biographical Details

Son of John and Mary Dwyer nee Furlong of 8 Ross Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Keane, John

Date of Birth
Service No.
15021
Rank
Regiment
Date of Death
Age
41
Circumstances of Death
Died from TB at High Street
Other Biographical Details
Son of Mr John and Mary Keane nee Hayes of 4 High Street, Wexford.

O’Connor, James

Date of Birth
Address
Arklow, Co.Wicklow
Service No.
4424
Rank
Regiment
2nd Battalion
Date of Death
Age
21
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action at the Battle of Loos
Other Biographical Details

Son of Michael and Mary O'Connor née Ronan.

Thorpe, Samuel

Date of Birth
Address
Drumfold, Enniscorthy
Service No.
11390
Rank
1st Battalion
Date of Death
Age
35
Circumstances of Death
Killed in Action France and Flanders
Other Biographical Details

Son of Thomas and Susan Thorpe née Cowman. Husband of Catherine Thorpe née Williams of Drumgoold, Enniscorthy. 

Whitford, Myles

Date of Birth
Address
Templeshannon, Enniscorthy
7th Battalion
Date of Death
Age
30
Circumstances of Death
Killed in action in France
Other Biographical Details

Son of John and Mary E. Whitford nee Donohoe of Enniscorthy.

Leach, James

Date of Birth
Date of Death
Age
30
Circumstances of Death
Accidental drowning, passenger, SS Great Western
Other Biographical Details

Son of John and Kate Leach nee Ryan. His father was a labourer. Widow was Ellen Mary 'Helena' Leach nee Kennedy and later Mrs James Heneberry. Left two children. Died from drowning off Great Island while returning to England as a passenger on the SS Great Western. Cause not determined at the inquest but witnesses indicated that it was not suicide. His father helped to recover the body from the river on 24th April. Buried 25 yards south-west of entrance to Kilmokea Cemetery, Co. Wexford.