Private John Joseph Holyome

Private John Joseph Holyome (aged 24) of the 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Drishanebeg train ambush)

Date of incident: 11 Feb. 1921

Sources: FJ, 14 Feb. 1921; Donegal News, 19 Feb. 1921; CC, 18 March 1921; George Power’s WS 451, 16-17 (BMH); Cornelius Meaney’s WS 787, 14-16 (BMH); Seán Moylan’s WS 838, 189-91 (BMH); William Reardon’s WS 1185, 7-8 (BMH); James Hickey’s WS 1218, 9-11 (BMH); John O’Keefe’s WS 1291, 2-3 (BMH); Daniel Coakley’s WS 1406, 4-7 (BMH); Cornelius Healy’s WS 1416, 7-11 (BMH); Rebel Cork’s FS, 138; ‘The Irish Rebellion in the 6th Division Area’, Irish Sword, 27 (Spring 2010), 142; Ó hÉalaithe (2014), 167; irishmedals.org (accessed 28 July 2014); Commonwealth War Graves Commission; http://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/millstreet-train/holyome/holyome.htmlhttp://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/millstreet-train/millstreet-train.htmlhttp://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/list-1921.html (accessed 8 Aug. 2014).


Note: Serving with the First Royal Fusiliers, Holyome was badly wounded in the Drishanebeg train ambush and died of his wounds two days later. Those wounded in the ambush (or at least most of them) were returned from Killarney to Cork Military Hospital by special train on the morning of 12 February 1921. That is where Private Holyome appears to have died. See FJ, 14 Feb. 1921; Donegal News, 19 Feb. 1921. He was interred in the City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery.

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