Thomas Vincent (Tom) Brennan was born in Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny, Ireland on 6 October 1889. (NAA Item 6512081) His mother Mary (née Byrne) Brennan was a newsagent, stationer and a boarding housekeeper in High St, opposite St James Street. John Brennan, Tom’s father, was a butcher. 1901 Census Ireland shows Mary (38), as widowed [...]
George Dewhurst (PM0589) was born on 5 September 1893 in Marton, near Blackpool, Lancashire, England, to parents Thomas Dewhurst and Annie (neé Ibbison). Dewhurst lived in a cottage with his parents at the family farm. His uncle Daniel also worked and lived on the farm with his immediate and their extended families. Ten years later, [...]
James Patrick Nolan was born in Coolnamara, County Carlow, Ireland, to Bridget Dalton and Robert Nolan. The 1901 Census Ireland records show that James lived on a farm with his mother Bridget (37), three younger brothers, Patrick (14), Robert (12) and Michael (10) and their aunt Johanna (65). There is some discrepancy in James’ date [...]
Patrick James joined the Queensland Police Force on 20 February 1913. The application described Patrick James as 5 feet 9 ¾ inches tall, measuring 40 inches across the chest, of ruddy complexion with fair hair and blue eyes. He was single upon entry. His policing career was brief and he received only one transfer, he was stationed at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane when Australia joined the War.
Thomas McGillycuddy, the youngest of five children, was born in 1891 in small townland of Carhoobeg, County Kerry to Irish and English-speaking parents, Margaret and Timothy. (Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958, Vol 5, p. 257) The McGillycuddies were a Roman Catholic family and lived on a farmstead, which in addition to the three-room main [...]