Michael McBarren (true name Michael Lomesney)

First Name: 
Michael
Last Name: 
McBarren
Mother's Name: 
Ellen Lomesney
Father's Name: 
James Lomesney
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, April 6, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
B Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, November 20, 1918
Place of Death: 
Poland
Cause of Death: 
Influenza
Details: 

Michael McBarren was born in Cork Ireland about 1882. When he enlisted at Kiama he was a single 34 year old miner from Coledale. Letters on his file from his mother indicate his real name to be Michael Lomesney. There is no indication as to why he enlisted under another name. He embarked on HMAT A14 Euripides with 20th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion on 9th September 1916. After arriving in England on 26th October 1916 he was sent to France on 22nd December 1916.

On 11th April 1917 Michael was engaged in the battle for Bullecourt and was taken prisoner by the Germans at the village of Reincourt. He was taken to Limberg Prisoner of War camp and then later transferred to Schneidemuhl camp. He was still interred there when the war ended. Unfortunately he caught influenza (Spanish Grip/Grippe) and died there on 20th November 1918. Michael is buried in Poesen Old Garrison Cemetery Plot I, Row C, Grave 7 Poland.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, MCBARREN M

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