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Private Thomas Bryson

Thomas Bryson was the son of Francis and Fanny Bryson of Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. He enlisted in Cavan and served with V Corps Cyclist (North Irish Horse) Regiment. He embarked for France on 17 August 1914 as part of ‘A’ Squadron North Irish Horse.


In May 1916, ‘A’ squadron merged with ‘D’ and ‘E’ squadrons to form 1st Regiment North Irish Horse, which saw action at the Somme in the Humbercourt area.


Thomas Bryson was killed in action on 21 August 1918, aged 28. A memorial plaque was erected in Newtowngore Methodist Church by Newtowngore LOL No. 396.


Second Lieutenant Joseph Bryson

Joseph Bryson was the son of Francis and Fanny Bryson of Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. He served with 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers and won the Belgian Croix de Guerre. He was the brother of Thomas Bryson.


He was killed in action on 6 October 1918. A memorial plaque was erected in Newtowngore Methodist Church by Newtowngore LOL No. 39.


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