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Name: Richard McSHANE
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: R Service No.: 12978
Date of Birth : 22/09/1893 Place of Birth : Bridlington Quay, North Yorkshire. Age at Death: 25
Unit: 3rd Reserve Bn Irish Guards.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Recruiting Office, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 49 Clifford Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Hewer at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Died of pneumonia and pleurisy.
Date of Death: Monday 7th October 1918
Place of Death: Wardley Military Hospital, Irish Guards Depot, Essex.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: St John's Churchyard, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham, north-east of main path.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 19th October 1918.
Family Details:
Son of Richard and Catherine McShane of 49 Clifford Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of the late Dorothy Agnes McShane (nee Miller). Richard's father was born at Prudhoe, Northumberland, and worked in the hotel trade. His work would take him to other parts of the country during the summer season, and he would return home off season. He was for a time employed at the Royal Turks Head Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Richard's mother was born in Ireland. Other siblings were: John, born Windermere, Cumberland. Catherine, born Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Peter, born Prudhoe, Northumberland. Leonora Mary, Constance, and Sarah Agnes were all born at Crawcrook, Co. Durham.
Notes : Richard and Dorothy were married at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Chopwell, Co Durham, 29thJuly 1918. Dorothy died on 10th August 1918 as a result of complications pre-childbirth. Richard was present when his wife died at 6 Fell View, Crawcrook. Richard had attested in the Irish Guards on 11th December 1915 and was directly transferred to the Army Reserve. He was mobilized and posted on 27th April 1918. He spent a total of one hundred and sixty four days in service. Richard's brother, Peter, having briefly been with the Northumberland Fusiliers, served with the Royal Naval Division in Gallipoli, Turkey, and France. He was examined by the National Service Medical Board at Newcastle upon Tyne as invalided, and was discharged unserviceable on 17th March 1919.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Information from family members.
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