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100 Years On – Clare Victims of the Gallipoli campaign

Cheshire_Regiment_trench_Somme_1916More than one hundred Clare men and women are documented as having served in the Gallipoli Campaign in the Dardanelles region of Turkey (The Ottoman Empire) in 1915. The majority were killed.

The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16, also known as the Battle of Gallipoli or the Dardanelles Campaign, was an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during World War I. It ended in victory for the Ottoman Empire. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning the campaign.

This video documents the story of Private Thomas Davis who was 21 years of age when he arrived in the Dardanelles.

The native of Turnpike in Ennis, Davis served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers.

He survived the terror and carnage of the River Clyde landing at Gallipoli. Hundreds of Davis’ colleagues died but the Ennis Private managed to make ashore to V Beach.

Thomas Davis also survived an incident during which his trench had been overrun at night and some of his soldier colleagues were bayoneted while they slept by the Turks.

His luck changed in June 1915.

On June 22nd, Davis was court-martialled for temporarily leaving his post because of illness in the middle of the night. Davis claimed he had been suffering from dysentry which was rife in the camp at the time. Almost all soldiers suffered from dysentery at some point during the Gallipoli campaign.

Private Thomas Davis was sentenced to death and was shot at 5am on Gully Beach in Gallipoli on 2nd July 1915.

Davis was one of 26 Irish men shot at dawn by their own Army during World War 1. All 26 men were pardoned by the British Government in 2006.

“The legislation enacted by the British Government today recognises that execution was not a fate these young men deserved. This pardon will be formally recorded in their military files” – Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern


Joseph Brennan (44) Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Patrick Joseph Burke (25), Clonlara, Australian Infantry

Michael Burley (22), Cornmarket St, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

William Byrne (23), Ennis, Australian Infantry

Patrick Carpenter: Clare Road, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

John Clohessy (28), Ennistymon, Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st

Pat Coleman, Kilrush, Royal Field Artillery (Died in Captivity)

Edmond Colgan: Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Robert Hornidge Cullinan (34), Bindon St Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Lawrence Curtin (17), Carrigaholt, Royal Munster Fusiliers1st, G/M in Egypt

Thomas Davis (21), Turnpike Road, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st

Thomas Deenihan, Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers 6th

Thomas Donnellen, Ennis, Australian Infantry

John Francis Dwyer, Ennistymon, Australian Light Horse

Martin Earls, Miltown Malbay, Royal Munster Fusiliers1st

John Ensko, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers1st (died in captivity)

Michael Fitzgibbon, Ennis, Australian Infantry

John Fitzpatrick (21), Ennistymon, Royal Munster Fusiliers1st

William Foran (18), Miltown Malbay, Manchester Regiment

Patrick Frawley, Turnpike, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st

John Griffin (24), Ballyvaughan, Royal Munster Fusiliers1st

Michael Hallinan: O’Callaghan’s Mills, Royal Munster Fusiliers 7th

Sgt Major William E Harvey, Crown, 9th Australian Light Horse

(CJ)William E Harvey, Australian Light Horse

Poole Henry Hickman (35), Kilrush, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

John Howard, Ennistymon, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Michael Keane, The Glen Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers1st, G/M in Turkey

Michael Kearney, Drumbiggle Road, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st

Patrick  Kelly, Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Patrick Kiely, Kilrush
John Leahy (30), Causeway, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers1st, G/M

Peter Loftus (19), Ennistymon, Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st

Michael Lynch, Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers
Patrick Lyons, Newmarket on Fergus, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Michael McGee (36), Scariff, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Jack Maloney, Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Harry Martin: Co Clare, died Aug 1915in Gallipoli, Suffolk Regiment

Martin McGrath: Kilrush, died Aug 1915, Royal Irish Regiment

Thomas Francis McMahon (29), Kilmaley, Australian Infantry

John McNamara, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Michael Meade (35), Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers

John Minogue, Feakle, Royal Munster Fusiliers 7th

James Edward Moloney (22), Market St, Ennis, New Zealand E

John Moloney (33), Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers

William Moran (39), Scattery Island, Royal Navy

George O’Brien, Upper Market, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

John O’Brien, Doonbeg, Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st

Martin O’Brien, Kildysart, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Martin O’Dell, Ogonnelloe, Australian Infantry,

J O’Shea, Turnpike, Ennis, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

George Perry, Ennis/Tulla, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Michael Pierce (33), Old Mill Street, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

John Regan, Kilrush, Royal Munster Fusiliers

John Philip Shipley (32), Claureen, Ennis, Manchester Regiment

Simon Smyth, Lisdeen, 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers

John Stokes, Ennis, Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieut. John Arthur Harold Taylor, Newmarket on Fergus, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Michael Thynne (30), Church Hill, Ennistymon, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Patrick Tierney, Ennis, Munster Fusiliers

Based on the following records
Tom Burnell’s Book ‘The Clare War Dead’
The In Flanders website
Peadar McNamara
North Clare Soldiers in WW1 Website
Kilrush Men engaged in WW1 Website
Dolores Murrihy
Claremen/Women who served in the Australian Imperial Forces during World War 1
Claremen who served in the Canadian Forces in World War 1
British Army WWI Pension Records for Claremen in service
Records of Clarewomen serving in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps During WWI Clare Library
Booklet on Kilnasoolagh Church Newmarket on Fergus
Commonwealth War Grave Commission Burials in
County Clare Graveyards (Clare Library)
Mapping our Anzacs Website
Kilkee Civic Trust
Daniel McCarthy’s Book ‘Ireland’s Banner County’
The Clare Journal
The Saturday Record
The Clare Champion
The Clare People
Charles E Glynn’s  List of Kilrush Men in the Great War


About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.


One thought on “100 Years On – Clare Victims of the Gallipoli campaign

  1. Thanks for that.
    Joseph Brennan was my great grandfather. Very interesting to see video from that campaign.


    Posted by Eamon | April 27, 2015, 1:00 PM

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