Galway Stories from the Great War

Galway & the Great War

On 28 June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie were shot and killed in Sarajevo. Their assassination, against the backdrop of competing territorial ambitions and the stockpiling of munitions across Europe, was to have enormous and unimagined consequences for people across the world. The incident triggered a series of events which, over the course of just a few weeks, led to conflict on a global scale.

In addition to over 50,000 Irishmen already serving in the British Army at the outbreak of war, a further 150,000 or so enlisted in Ireland between 1914 and 1918. Over 30,000 of these men were killed in the line of duty, including at least 750 Galway men.

As part of its Galway & the Great War exhibition, Galway City Museum is encouraging the public to share their personal stories with a Galway connection for inclusion in the exhibition and/or on this website.

If you have a Galway story that you would like to share please contact the museum by email at museum@galwaycity.ie or by phone on (091) 532460.

Page link: Bartley Keane
Bartley Keane
Chief Stoker (153201), Royal Navy
Page link: Bernard Fahy
Bernard Fahy
Lance Corporal (4/1423), New Zealand Engineering Tunnelling Company
Page link: Bernard Laffey
Bernard Laffey
Lance Corporal (4304), 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
Page link: Edward Fleetwood-Berry
Edward Fleetwood-Berry
Captain & Adjutant, 9th Gurkha Rifles.
Page link: George Henry Morris
George Henry Morris
Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
Page link: James Comber
James Comber
Driver (31506), Royal Field Artillery
Page link: John Sheerins
John Sheerins
8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
Page link: Joseph Thomas Barnett
Joseph Thomas Barnett
Lance-Corporeal, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers
Page link: Martin 'Kruger' Griffin
Martin 'Kruger' Griffin
Seaman (5890), Royal Navy
Page link: Martin Duffy
Martin Duffy
Private (7806), 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
Page link: Michael James Kelly
Michael James Kelly
Corporal (21483), Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Page link: Patrick Canavan
Patrick Canavan
Private (25044), 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Page link: Patrick Lynskey
Patrick Lynskey
Corporal (9607), 1st Battalion, Connaught Rangers
Page link: Patrick Lynskey
Patrick Lynskey
Corporal (9607), 1st Battalion, Connaught Rangers
Page link: Robert Thomas Kennedy
Robert Thomas Kennedy
Private (2610), 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
Page link: The McGrath Brothers
The McGrath Brothers
Manchester Regiment / Royal Irish Fusiliers / Connaught Rangers
Page link: Willie  Ó Gríofa
Willie Ó Gríofa
Royal Navy Reserve