Corporal Patrick (Doyle) Lillis

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Corporal Patrick (Doyle) Lillis


Corporal Patrick (Doyle) Lillis

Born 1871

By Paul Maguire

At a glance the service record of the first man mentioned in this chapter would seem totally out of the ordinary if not unique. On the contrary his record while being varied and lengthy was by no means rare. It is a fact that hundreds of Carlow men served identically long and varied years of service.

It is important to realise that soldiering was endemic at all levels of Irish society both rural and urban. No other alternative was on offer at that time and as a result many families had two, three and sometimes four generations of soldiers in them.

These men had made soldiering their lives and as a consequence spent anywhere from five to twenty five years literally anywhere in the world, and they would have known as much if not more about current affairs in Johannesbourg or Delhi than Limerick or Waterford and with more reason.

3418 Cpl. Patrick (Doyle) Lillis.

Born in Ballymoon. Bagenalstown. in 1871. Patricks long and distinguished career began at Wexford Barracks when he enlisted in the Royal Irish Regiment on December 4th, 1889 at the age of 18. He remained in Wexford until February 25th. 1891 when he was transferred to the regiment’s second battalion who were stationed in Lucknow, India, at that time, the journey being a long one he only arrived there on April 3rd.

His unit was on active duty on the North West Frontier during the Jubbulpore province wars which ended in 1898.

Returning from the NW.F. Patricks battalion was then shipped to Inhambagie State during the South African (Boer War) 1901, he returned briefly to Bagenalstown, but was soon off again this time to the Rawlpindi and Phuwar provinces of India. He remained there until his standard thirteen years’ service was up.

However, civilian life was not for him for within two weeks he had volunteered for active service with the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.). Patrick joined the 18th Battalion Yorks and Lanes Regiment and was shipped to France, January 3rd. 1915. He was to spend the next three years fighting from Ypre to the Somme and by November 1918 Patrick was one of the very few professional soldiers to survive the war still sound in mind and body.

His unit was disbanded on July 27th. 1919., however he was reluctant to give it up so he re-enlisted on September 16th. 1919. in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and with his battalion sailed for Haider Pacha. Turkey on December 17th. 1920. They returned to India via Port Said and Port Suez where they took ship to Karachi and marched to Kanpur where he remained until June 1922 when along with other regiments in that region they marched to Sagor where the Southern Irish regiments were officially disbanded.

Source: Carloviana - December, 1998 No. 46. Page 78.

John Doyle & Bridget Lillis (her father was Patrick Lillis mother Bridget Kinsella), John & Bridget were married in the Chapel of Bagenalstown in 1869, and lived in Ballymoon, also lived in Bagenalstown, Carlow, Ireland. John Doyle and Bridget Lillis had several other children also. Patrick Doyle, born 1872, Joseph, born 1874 in Kilcarrig, a Hugo/Hugh, Peter and James. Their son John Doyle married Annie Russell of England, John & Ann arrived in Philadelphia around 1893/4 with 2 children - Mary Annie & John Joseph.

Source: Elaine M


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