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"John Vincent Pasley"

John Vincent Pasley 1897 – 1919
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No.1 Troop Mounted Military Police
Died 05 March 1919 Age 22 years old
Additional Info Son of Mr. J. George and Margaret J. Pasley, of The Mount, Tinahely,
Co. Wicklow. Ireland.

Formerly South Irish Horse 1876


John Vincent Pasley was born in Townview, I presume this was a house in the Townland of Lugduff, which lies to the East of the town of Tinahely, his birth registry entry is shown below, the link takes you to the original on the Ireland Government site, a free login is required, just follow the prompts

Birth registry entry John Vincent Pasley

Tinahely is where John's family are residing, as shown in the 1901 census return, picture and link below. The family is headed by John George Pasely with his wife Margaret Jane Henry who he married on the 11th August 1892 at the Methordist Church in the town and county of Donegal, John is noted as a draper the son of John. There are five children, Ethel Margaret born on the 10th June 1894, Eva Beatrice born on the 18th August 1895, John Vincent born on the 1st February 1897, George Gerald born on the 16th March 1898 and Arthur Robert Howard born on the 22nd December 1899. all were born at the family home, then called Townview.
1901 Census Ireland Ballinacor (Tinahely, Wicklow)
By the time of the 1911 census there are a further three children in the family, John and Margaret had successfully raised eight children, all still living at this time at The Mount, Tinahely. The three latest arrivals were, Henry Douglas born in 1901, sadly no further details are know about Douglas save for this death at Sir Patrick Dunns Hospital, Dublin on the 14th April 1955, Ruby Winifred born on the 15th April 1903 and finally Hazel Joyce born on the 14th July 1909.

1911 Ireland Census, Pasley family

In 1911 John then aged 14 and his brother Arthur aged 11 are studying at Wesley College on St Stephens Green Dublin.
Ireland Census 1911, Wesley College Dublin
John joined the South Irish Horse around the 25th November 1915 as private 1876, I'm fairly sure he went overseas with the SIH and along with many of his comrades was employed in traffic control, it was possibly due to this that we see his transfer to the Mounted Military Police as private P/13078, he was later promoted to the rank of acting Lance Corporal. Sadly long after the end of the war, he succumbed to the influenza pandemic that was sweeping the world at that time and died at the 44th Casualty Clearing Station in France on the 5th March 1919.


To the right here we can see his grave stone, this can be found at the Cologne Southern Cemetery Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. This is a link to the cemetery.
John Vincent Pasley, grave.
To the right is a photograph of the family grave, which I believe is located in Tinahely, County Wicklow, Ireland. This must have been errected after the two boys died, Gerald died first, being killed in an air accident whilst he was training with the Royal Flying Corps.

The inscription reads as follows:
In Loving memory of
George Gerald Pasley
2nd Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps
Who died for his country
Killed at Upavon December 19th 1917
aged 19 Years and
John Vincent Pasley
Corporal South Irish Horse
Attached traffic control
Who died at Cologne March 5th 1919
Aged 22 years
Also in the service of his contry
Beloved sons of
George and Margaret J Pasley
The Mount Tinahely
Lovely and pleasent in their lives
In death they were not divided
Their beloved Mother
Margaret Jane Pasley
The Mont Tinahely
Who died December 6th 1949
Aged 90 Years


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