Michael Dowling, Private 8117 in 2nd Royal Irish Regt

Michael Dowling medal card

Casements lists gives a Dowling, who he was a blacksmith before enlisting. Service no correct from Roll.

Keogh just says "Michael Dowling, from Moincoin, Piper for Irish Brigade" Also played violin. The 1911 census just gives one Dowling in Mooncoin, Kilkenny, and he is a John A Dowling, aged 31, single, and living alone with one servant. There are no Michael's in Mooncoin, but half a dozen of the right age in Co Kilkenny

1884 Aug 15 born Kilmanagh

1901 census he is a "smith" working in in Tipperary

1903 from his service number he would have enlisted about Nov 1903. Which implies a birth about 1885

Not in English 1911 nor Irish nor overseas military. I suspect that he is in the 1911 Irish census as the 19 year old Michael Dowling, smith, living at Thurles, but born in Kilkenny. That points to 1892 birth. That would make him born 1892, presumably at Mooncoin, Kilkenny. And the only birth that fits in state records is a Michael Dowling, born Thomastown reg area, Oct/Dec 1892, vol 4, p599. So could not have joined in 1903. The 1884 birth is likely to be correct, in which case the wrong age was recorded in 1911 census

1914 Aug 13. Landed in France

1914 Taken prisoner, and followed the rest of the Irish Brigade through Limburg, Zossen and Danzig

1915 Oct 25. In answer to a question, gave his Ireland address as Kilmanagh, Callan, Kilkenny. He also gives his wife as Mrs N Dowling, 6 Llamoverna St, Newport, Wales

1916 Jan He volunteered for service in Egypt with the Irish Brigade

Zerhusen says he was in German Army after the war. O'Toole says he go a job in Berlin in a firm breaking up aircraft, and he had a German woman "in tow"

Served in Irish army after independence

February 12, 1924 With Dowling M and Dowling J in Ireland

1932 Aug. Attended Joseph Dowling's funeral

1935 Aug 5. Attends Casement memorial service in Dublin

1936 November. Those from the Irish Brigade who attended O'Tooles funeral were Keogh, Kavanagh, Dowling M, Wilson and Stacey

1954 died on Keogh's notes - that would fit with a man died Naas 1954, b 1884 (there is in fact a man born Carrick on Suir Reg district in 1884) While other of Keoghs notes say he died in 1952 while serving in Irish Army

Irish Brigade Recruits