O’Clery, William Peregrine (No. 17/1452)

O’Clery, William Peregrine (William)

Corporal

No. 17/1452, 15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Thursday 11 July 1918 (aged 20)

Buried:

Curragh Military Cemetery, Co. Kildare (Grave 1262)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

County Donegal Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that William Peregrine O’Clery was a son of the Rev C.A. and Sarah O’Clery of Brown’s Park, Marino, Co Down.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that William Peregrine O’Clery was born in Glenties, Co Donegal, lived in Lifford, Co Donegal and enlisted in Belfast.

William Peregrine O’Clery was born on 10 April 1898 at Longfield, Glenties, Co Donegal and he was a son of Charles Christopher Alexander O’Clery and Sarah O’Clery (nee Browne, sometimes Brown) who were married on 23 July 1889 in North Strand Road Church of Ireland Church Dublin (St Thomas’s).  Charles Christopher Alexander O’Clery, a full-age bachelor and a tutor of 12 Trinity College, Dublin was a son of Michael O’Clery, a farmer.  Sarah Browne, a full-age spinster of 129 North Strand Road, Dublin was a daughter of James Browne, a farmer.

Charles Christopher Alexander O’Clery is sequentially described in official documents as a tutor, a clerk and a clergyman and he and Sarah O’Clery (nee Browne) had at least eight children:

William Alexander (born 2 June 1890 at Fairview, Coolock, Dublin)

Charles Alexander (born 14 June 1891 at 129 North Strand Road, Dublin)

Rosetta Jane (born 12 May 1894 at 7 St Joseph’s Terrace, Fairview, Coolock, Dublin)

Michael Hogan (born 8 September 1896 at 7 St Joseph’s Terrace, Fairview, Coolock, Dublin)

William Peregrine (born 10 April 1898 at Longfield, Glenties, Co Donegal)

Ilan Keileen (born 26 March 1900 at Longfield, Glenties, Co Donegal)

Sivena Kathleen (born 22 June 1904 at Longfield, Glenties, Co Donegal)

Bernardine Conry (born 27 September 1906 at Raneany, Laghey, Co Donegal)

Their father, Charles Christopher Alexander O’Clery, a clergyman, was 57 when he died of endocarditis on 12 June 1917 in Adelaide Hospital, Dublin.

During the Great War, Corporal William Peregrine O’Clery served with the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and he was 20 when he died of tuberculosis on 11 July 1918 in the Military Hospital Curragh.

Corporal William Peregrine O’Clery was buried in Curragh Military Cemetery, Co. Kildare and he is commemorated in the County Donegal Book of Honour (Page 67) where it is recorded that his parents lived in Marino, Co Dublin.