Ignatius Barnacle, Private 10022 in Connaught Rangers

Barnacle Connaught rangers medal card

Born in Dublin in 1889, the son a a printer. He joined the Connaught Rangers in about 1910, so was a regular and hence one of the first to land in France 14 Aug 1914, and was captured two weeks later. Although he signed up for the Irish Brigade, that is all we hear of him. Nothing on any War Offie files or POW debriefings. He did not volunteer to go to Egypt if called upon. Casement has him as a labourer before enlisting. Oddly he forfeits his medals even though he reenlisted after the war, while many of the more active members appear to have kept theirs.

Roll of Irish Brigade in Zossen confirms he is in Irish Brigade with this service number. Connaught Rangers has 10002 Pte Barnacle J of 3 Hamilton Row, off Westland Row, Dublin on list of Connaught POWs. He is the son of a Barnacle family in Dublin in the 1911 census with 5 children but only 2 daughters living at home. The family had been living in Manchester in 1883 when Helena was born but must have returned to Ireland at some point before 1889 for Ignatius to be born in Ireland

1889 born Dublin. Irish state birth records show only one possibility, Ignatius C M Barnacle born 1889 in Dublin South. Records indicate that Barnacle is a Mayo name, so one can see why he went into Connaught Rangers. So he was 25 and not 22 as recorded on the Roll

1901 census Ireland living at Bayview, Irishtown Strand, Dublin

1910 from his service number he joined Connaught Rangers in June 1910

1911 census barnacle dublin

1911 census gives for 3 Hamilton Row, Dublin :-

He himself is not in 1911 UK Census in either England or Overseas Military or Ireland. He will probably be down as "IB" on Connaught Rangers return

1914 Aug 14. He lands in France. He must have been captured, along with many 2nd Connaught Rangers men in late August 1914, and sent eventually to Limburg Camp and on to Zossen and eventually Danzig.

He was not "hard core" and did not volunteer for Egypt. There are no mentions of him on any of the records during the war years, and he must just have kept his head down.

1915 Oct 25. In answer to a question, gave his Ireland address as 3 Hamilton Row, Westland Row, Dublin, which ties with the 1911 census information

Carr and Barnacle did not like Keogh

Carr and Barnacle did not like Keogh. They write to Zerhusen warning him that Keogh is collecting signatures to try to get Zerhusen removed as interpreter for the Irish Brigade

1918 Apr 28. A letter from Zerhusen mentions that Barnacle was at Stolp and was "A good character, working steadily, and was unpunished". And J Carr (only once punished because he had been "induced by O'Toole" ). The indications are that Barnacle and Carr were good friends from this and the letter.

O'Toole has a note that says Barnacle served 6 months in prison for an assault on a German girl

1920 August. He was serving in August 1920, when he got a new service number 7143295. This indicates that he was still in Connaught Rangers as their block of numbers ran from 7143001, so his was the 295th one allocated.

1938. He must have died Dublin North 1938, as that is the only record in Irish State records. Keogh has him as coming from Dublin. There is no record of him marrying in Ireland or England. Keogh lost touch with him, as Keogh lost touch with most of the non-Egypt men.

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