November 11th each year is Armistice Day. To coincide with this date Tipperary Studies are launching a new website www.irelandsgreatwardead.ie tomorrow, where they will host a database of servicemen and servicewomen who died in the Great War. There are 31,384 entries in the database, the work of military historian Tom Burnell. Tom has spent almost twenty years researching the Great War dead from Ireland and some added features of Tom’s research is that he also includes contemporary press reports and death certificate information, where such was available to him.
Tom offered this database of work to Tipperary Studies, to host, so that his research, the genealogical information and records therein would be available to a wider audience.
There are various search options available, where one can use the search box to view specific entries and categories. Searches may also be filtered by Regiment or Service.
A map of the war dead graves in Tipperary, from the two World Wars, is also included. Tom has photographed all grave memorials, and coupled with directions to each site, they give a local aspect to his research.
There is also a list of several online resources from Ireland and around the world, should one wish to delve deeper into the Great War period.
On Sunday evening next, 14th November, both Tom Burnell and Pat Bracken, Executive Librarian, will feature on The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1, with Myles Dungan, to talk about the new website in a special Remembrance Sunday episode of the programme. The programme airs from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Images of the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ or ‘Death Penny’ as it is also known, for two Tipperary brothers who died in the Great War, Thomas and James Ryan, held in the Tipperary Studies Department.
The inscription reads: He died for Freedom and Honour