In Reply to: James Nevin McHolme posted by Michaela McHolm on September 13, 2015 at 18:17:11:
I have a bit of information about his life. Born in 1881 in Scotland, he arrived in Castlebar in 1906 to manage a successful jewellery business owned by a Mr. R.H. Laing on Ellison Street, across the road from where the present day Bank of Ireland is located. Four years later he took over the business and besides been a watchmaker and jeweller, he was also an optician. His house was known locally as the ‘Bachelor’s House’ as he shared his house with a number of single friends who also joined up when War was declared. A Sergeant in the Connaught Rangers (he had declined a commission to become an officer); he was killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 21st of August 1915. His last will was made on board the Mauritania when he was on his way to the Dardanelles. It was drawn up by his neighbour from Castlebar, Corporal Patrick Tansey who had been a Solicitor’s Clerk. His assets were worth around two hundred pounds. Sorry I don’t have a photo but if you want me to send you a copy of his obituary, contact me at email@example.com or at Mayo County Library, Castlebar.
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