Laois has its quota of war graves - 23 located in 13 cemeteries and churchyards. 20 belong to soldiers, one to a Women’s Legion member and two to Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force (RAF) men.
Of the soldiers, 13 were in Irish Regiments, six in the Leinsters. A number died after the First World War, some from wounds sustained in same. Hereunder are details:
Abbeyleix cemeteries. Phelan, Pte James, 17840, 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Nov 8, 1915. Age 28. Son of Mrs Mary Phelan, Blackhill, Abbeyleix.
Hopper, Pte John, 89898, Depot The King’s Liverpool Regt. March 14, 1918. Age 32. Son of Mrs Hopper, Abbeyleix.
Durrow RC churchyard. Dunphy, Lt K P, MC, 2nd Bn Leinsters, May 19, 1920. Flynn, Aircraft man Denis, 332123, Fleet Aircraft Depot, RAF. April 17, 1920. Age 18. Son of John and Alicia Flynn, George Street, Durrow.
Emo RC churchyard. Flynn, Pte Joseph, 6257, 2nd Bn Irish Guards. October 2, 1915. Age 19. Son of Mrs Hannah Morrissey, Clonkeen, Maryborough.
Kennedy, Sergt M, 5178, 12th Bn Hampshire Regt. March 24, 1915. Age 49. Husband of Jane Kennedy, Cloneygowan Road, Portarlington.
Killenard RC churchyard. O’Neill, Pte J, 4790, 3rd Bn Leinsters. April 20, 1916. Age 38. Husband of Mary O’Neill, 3 Gracefield Road, Portarlington.
Killeshin C of I churchyard. McMahon, mecanic/driver, Augusta Mary, Women’s Legion attached to Royal Army Service Corps. October 28, 1918. No age given.
Killinure old graveyard. Nolan, P, Bombardier, 37063, Royal Garrison Artillery. July 30, 1917. Age 30.
Knockaroe RC churchyard in Borris-in-Ossory parish. McEvoy, Pte Berndard, 46316, The King’s Hussars. October 23, 1918. Age 40.
Portlaoise SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Breen, Pte James, 8373. 1st Bm Leinsters. August 10, 1915. Age 26. Son of James and Mary Breen.
Coady, Lance Cpl W, 7723. 3rd Bn Royal Irish Regt. April 17, 1919. Age 19. Dunne, Pte Hugh, 133578, Royal Flying Corps. May 18, 1920. Son of J Dunne, Church Street, Maryborough.
Green, Pte Thomas, 394. 4th Bn Leinsters. Jan 11, 1919. Age 51. Husband of Annie Green, Lyster’s Lane, Maryborough.
Sherran, Pte Bartholomew, 4224, 4th Bn Leinsters. May 2, 1916. Son of Mrs J Sherran, New Road, Maryborough.
Oakvale Cemetery, Stradbally. Murray, Sapper J, 1843234, Royal Engineers. July 28, 1920. Age 24.
Portarlington RC Cemetery. O’Neill, Pte J, 2618. 4th Bn Leinsters. May 17, 1918. Trimble, Pte Edward, 9360, 2nd Bn Irish Guards. Nov 4, 1918. Age 31. Son of John and Julia Trimble, husband of Mary Trimble, Bog Lane, Kilmalogue, Portarlington.
St Paul’s C of I Churchyard, Portarlington. Oakley, Gnr A, 69526. Royal Field Artillery. Nov 22, 1918. Age 25. Son of Mrs Hopkins (formerly Oakley), Small Heath, Birmingham, and the late Charles Oakley. Husband of Esther Oakley, Kilmalogue, Portarlington.
Wright, Driver Albert H, 76947. 35th Div Ammunition Col Royal Field Artillery. June 24, 1919, of sickness following wounds (gas). Age 24. Son of the late John and Elizabeth Wright, Kilmalogue, Portarlington.
Sleaty old burial ground. Brien, Lce Sergt Charles, 3790. 1st Bn Irish Guards. May 10, 1917. Age 24. Son of Mrs Sarah Brien, 5 Sleaty Street, Graiguecullen. Hore, Pte William 8938. 2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Nov 4, 1920. Age 32. Son of E Hore, Kilree Street, Bagenalstown.
Nolan, Pte Laurence, 28106, 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Dec 31, 1916.