T/445025 Private John Rooney, Royal Army Service Corps (Horse Transport)


1879 Apr 26. Born John Patrick Rooney, son of Thomas Rooney and Anne Rooney, formerly McKillop, at 5 Preston Street, Dublin. His father was then a Railway Porter.

1901 census . He was recorded living with his widowed mother Anne Rooney at 42 North William Street, Dublin. He was aged 24, a Chimney Cleaner.

1914 May 25. Marriage.
John Patrick Rooney, a bachelor, a Labourer, from 170 North Strand Road, Dublin, son of Thomas Rooney, a Labourer, and Margaret Mary Fox, a spinster, from 170 North Strand Road, Dublin, daughter of Timothy Fox, a Smith, were married at The Church of St. Laurence O'Toole, Seville Place, Dublin.
Margaret signed the register as Margaret Mary Rooney.
They were the parents of

1916 Jan 10 Enlisted in Seaforth Highlanders. Claimed to be 35 years and 10 months. He has taken about 7 years off his age, as he was given as 45 years old on death in 1919. The information on his family is below

1916 Jan 29. Court martial - fraudulent enlistment, 28 days detention, 21 days remitted.

1916 Court martial for desertion dispensed with. He actually did desert on 19th April to see his wife "for a day" before being posted abroad. He got caught up in the Easter Rising and served with Royal Irish Rifles, until 1 May, atayed on till

1916 Aug 28 Posted to Salonica

1916 Jul 24 Posted back to UK

1919 Feb 20 Discharged. While he was actually in hospital for malaria and bronchitis Living at 3 Whitworth Place, Drumcondra

1919 Feb 25. Died of Bronchitis King George V Hospital, Dublin (Service Record on Ancestry). Son of Mrs. R. Rooney, of 43, Dawson St., Dublin. Age 45


British soldiers died in Ireland