Leinster Regiment solider

Search is on for family of 'Clonmel' soldier in World War I

Hoping to return a shaving mirror to the family

Search is on for family of 'Clonmel' soldier in World War I

The Nationalist has been contacted by a man living in the Greater Manchester area who is trying to trace the family of a soldier who served in the First World War and who he believes lived in Clonmel.

Alan Iddon says a friend of his acquired a shaving mirror that belonged to a World War One soldier, Christopher O'Reilly. The mirror also bears the words Leinster Regiment and his number 10417.

Mr. Iddon is of the opinion that Christopher O'Reilly survived the war and probably returned to his home.

"My friend was told by the person who gave him the mirror that Christopher had swapped it for a tin of bully beef", he says.

He is now hoping that Christopher O'Reilly's family can be traced and the mirror returned to them.

Having researched the 1911 Census for Ireland and the Find My Past website, he believes that the Christopher O'Reilly in question was born in 1897 at St. Mary's, Clonmel.

His occupation on enlistment in the army was porter.

The address of his next of kin was 10 Gravel Walk, Clonmel.

Anyone with any information should contact Alan Iddon at 452, Heywood Old Road, Middleton, Manchester, M24 4SB.

His e-mail address is a.iddon@sky.com and he may also be contacted by phone at either of the following numbers - 07939-809226 or 0161-643-3363.