Private Thomas Dunleavy
2303 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Lived at 25 Regent Street
Died of Wounds 12th November 1915, aged 35
Buried in Portianos Cemetery, Greece
(grave V. C. 136.
Burnley Express 3rd Jul 1915 - 1st December 1915


Son of Francis and Bridget Dunleavy, of Burnley
Husband of Margaret Crossley (Formerly Dunleavy), of 2 Robert Street, Burnley


A colleague’s letter has conveyed the sad intelligence of the death from dysentery of Private Thomas Dunleavy, of the Burnley Territorials. Corporal H. Dunleavy, of 3 Doctor Street, writing to his wife on November 13th, stated:- “I am very sorry to tell you that an old pal of mine Tommy Dunleavy, has just died in hospital here at base depot from dysentery. I am Corporal in charge of the funeral party, which consist of Private Salmon, F. Shepherd, Captain, Moses Simms, Walter Pearce and a few others in the Battalion who knew Dunleavy well. I am sending this two hours after he died, and the War Office will be letting his wife know later. I am very sorry for his wife, but we will see that he is laid aside all right.”
Mrs Dunleavy, who resides at 25 Regent Street, received a telegram three weeks ago from the Records Office at Preston intimating that her husband was seriously ill, and the next news she received was from Mrs Dunleavy, of Doctor Street, who, by the way, is no relation.
Private Dunleavy, who was a collier at Barden Pit, joined the Burnley Territorials fourteen months ago, and went out with the first Battalion. He had previously been in the Regular Army, serving through the Boer War (South Africa 1898-1902) in the Royal Field Artillery and escaping injury. Private Dunleavy was twice wounded in the Dardanelles, first in the hand and later in the body, he recovered from both wounds, and again went into the trenches. Mrs Dunleavy, who had not seen her husband since he first left England; is left with four children, one which the soldier had not seen, having died last April.




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