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Joseph Loftus

Joseph Loftus[1]

Male 1894 - 1917  (23 years)

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  • Name Joseph Loftus  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Baptism 1894-05-04 
    Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, Ireland 
    Born 4 May 1894  Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Residence 31 March 1901  Whitehouse, Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Relation to Head of House: Son 
    Occupation 1911  Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Shop assistant 
    Residence 2 April 1911  Borrisokane, Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Relation to Head of House: Son 
    _MILT 1914   France, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Private in Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders killed in action 
    Death 9 May 1917  Arras, Hautes-Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Glasgow, Lanarks Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence Theatre of War France Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Record ID Number 34 
    Died 9 May 1917  Killed in action, battlefield, Arras, France. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10
    • Killed in action France
    Person ID P20  Brennancass
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2016 

    Father James Loftus,   b. 19 March 1855, Portumna, County Galway, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 April 1933, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Grady,   b. 23 March 1857, Tynagh, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 June 1940, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 31 Oct 1877  Killeen, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    spouse-death 1933  Borrisokane, County Tipperary. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Jim and Mary were married in the Catholic Chapel of Killeen, in the registrars district of Portumna, in the County Galway by father John Darmody.The witnesses at their marriage were Michael Costello and Maria Rourke. Jim gave his occupation as carpenter. 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos 4 photos

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    The Soldiers last letter
    The Soldiers last letter

  • Notes 
    • BAPTISM OF JOSEPH LOFTUS
      Baptized by Father J F Maguire
      Sponsors were John Donohoe and Anne Hogan

      The Soldiers last letter.
      10249 Private J. Loftus,
      c/o Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders,
      Officers Servant, C Boy,
      British Expeditionary Forces,
      France.
      Dear Jack,
      Just a line to let you know I am still alive and in the best of health. Glad to see by your letter you are the same. It was so kind of you to send me the cigs but I am sorry to inform you that I have not received them yet. Dear Jack do not write to the base again, use the address above.
      Dear Jack tell Jim and Lizzie also Mary, I send them my best regards. Write soon. You must excuse this short note as I am in a great hurry.
      Yours fondly
      Brother Joe.
      The above letter was written on the thirteenth of January 1917 by my grandfathers brother Joe Loftus. It was to be the last letter he would write before being killed on the battlefield in Arras, France in May of the same year. Arras is a town in northern France bordering the Netherlands. During the First World War, Arras was near the front line and a long series of battles fought nearby are known as the Battle of Arras in which a series of medieval tunnels beneath the city, unknown to the Germans, became a decisive factor in the French holding the city. The city, however, was heaviliy damaged and had to be rebuilt after the war.
      The letter was found in the pocket of Joe's army tunic, and it was used to identify his body. For his sacrifice at the age of 23 he was awarded the Victory medal and the British War medal.
      When I think of Joe the song "Willie McBride" often comes to mind. " and did they believe when they answered the call did they really believe that this war would end wars. The sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain, the killing and dying were all done in vein. For young Willie McBride it all happens again and again, and again and again". My hope is that unlike the young man in the song my grand uncle Joe's spirit will have found peace in the green fields of France.[CASSID~2.FTW]

  • Sources 
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    2. [S-2128415710] CASSIDYLOFTUSBRENNAN.FTW.
      Date of Import: 1 Jun 2006

    3. [S-2128415711] CASSID.
      Date of Import: 21 May 2007

    4. [S-2128415712] CASSIDYZ1.FTW.
      Date of Import: 21 May 2007

    5. [S-2128777522] British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association website.Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of ).
      Residence date: Residence place: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland

    6. [S-2142920388] UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, Military-Genealogy.com, comp, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - British and Irish Military Databases. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.Original data: British and Irish Military Databases. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.).
      Birth date: Birth place: Tipperary, England Death date: 9 May 1917 Death place: France & Flanders Residence date: Residence place: Glasgow, Lanarks

    7. [S-2145534038] Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914-1918, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2009.Original data - The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial, comp. Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914-1918. 8 volumes. Dublin: Maunsel and Roberts, 1923.Original data: The Committee ).
      Birth date: Birth place: Tipperary, Ireland Death date: 9 May 1917 Death place: France

    8. [S-1090361884] Web: Ireland, Census, 1911, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Class: RG14.

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