New web­site to de­tail all 866 Wex­ford peo­ple who died in First World War

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

A PUB­LIC his­tory re­search project web­site de­tail­ing 866 peo­ple from County Wex­ford who died in World War I will go live this Sun­day.

The web­site www.wex­ford­great­wardead. ie, has been de­vel­oped based on work un­der­taken by Hazel Per­ci­val and Su­san Kelly of Wex­ford County Coun­cil in con­junc­tion with lo­cal his­to­ri­ans.

County Li­brar­ian Eileen Mor­ris­sey said: ‘ This Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I. To com­mem­o­rate this an­niver­sary and to pay trib­ute to those men and women from County Wex­ford who lost their lives in this war, Wex­ford County Coun­cil Pub­lic Li­brary Ser­vice has de­vel­oped a pub­lic his­tory re­search project.’

Ms Mor­ris­sey said the aim of the project is to en­gage with the pub­lic on­line and to de­liver a com­pre­hen­sive list of per­sons from County Wex­ford who died in the Great War, while the long term ob­jec­tive is to tell the unique sto­ries and to com­mem­o­rate the loss of the over 800 Wex­ford men and women who lost their lives as a re­sult of the war.

The cri­te­ria set for in­clu­sion in this list of Wex­ford Great War dead, are per­sons who were: born in Wex­ford, lived in Wex­ford and were ca­su­alty ( Wex­ford) of the Great War 1914-1918, per­sons who were in­jured in the war and died later from wounds or ill­nesses re­lat­ing to their time of ser­vice are in­cluded.

Ms Mor­ris­sey said: ‘ This re­search pro­vides the ba­sic data to in­vite peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in an On­line Pub­lic His­tory Project for County Wex­ford. We now en­cour­age the wider pub­lic to add to this record by telling Wex­ford Li­braries the life story as they know it, of their fam­ily mem­ber, or neigh­bour who died as a re­sult of the war. Peo­ple can leave a com­ment on the web­site or email Wex­ford County Coun­cil Pub­lic Li­brary Ser­vice at li­braryhq@wex­ford­coco.ie.’

The start­ing point of this project was to col­lect names from all pub­lished and on­line sources avail­able. A team of li­brary staff worked with Jimmy Tay­lor, mil­i­tary his­to­rian to re­search and ver­ify the Wex­ford ca­su­al­ties.

‘We are in­debted to the many re­search hours put into this project by Jimmy Tay­lor, au­thor of ‘ The Royal Ir­ish Ri­fles in the Great War’.’

The team con­sulted with other lo­cal and na­tional his­to­ri­ans in the devel­op­ment of the web­site. Dr Joseph Quinn, PhD, mil­i­tary his­to­rian pro­vided ex­pert as­sis­tance to the devel­op­ment of the project. His­to­rian Tom Bur­nell pro­vided ad­vice and per­mis­sion to ex­tract the Wex­ford names from his re­cently pub­lished 15 vol­ume se­ries, 26 County Ca­su­al­ties of the Great War.

‘ This com­pre­hen­sive pub­li­ca­tion was in­valu­able to the work of the project team. We also thank Patrick Lynch and Hugh McShane for pro­vid­ing County Wex­ford names from their re­search.’

Records used in­clude Ire­land’s Memo­rial Records, pub­lished in eight vol­umes in 1923, It recorded that 18,946 died from the twenty-six coun­ties of Ire­land.

How­ever over the years, with the re­lease of other records on­line, his­to­ri­ans re­alised that while Ire­land’s Memo­rial Records was valu­able, it was not com­plete. It did not record Royal Air­force, US, Cana­dian and other Com­mon­wealth ca­su­al­ties nor Mer­can­tile Ma­rine ca­su­al­ties.

The re­searchers also used www.find­my­past.ie, Ire­land’s Memo­rial Records 1914-1918, the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion. an­ces­try.co.uk UK, Royal Navy War Graves and the Na­tional Ar­chives Sol­diers’ Wills web­site.

‘ These lat­ter two sites were in­valu­able as they en­abled us to ver­ify place of birth and age in many in­stances. Records were also con­sulted and cross checked against the on­line data­bases newly re­leased pen­sion records and ad­di­tional sources to in­cre­ment that re­search,’ Ms Mor­ris­sey said.

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