2nd Lt Francis Yaxlee Welch

1892 Nov 22 Born Skibbereen

1901 census at 13 Craigadick , Maghera, Londonderry

1911 census at Londonderry

1914 Oct 29 Enlisted in 2nd Imperial Light Horse, 4th South African Horse.

1917Apr 10. Leaves Imp Light Horse to return to UK

1917 MAy 5. Arrives back in UK. He is in "mining"

1917 Jun 9 Enlisted in Royal Artillery in London. He has served 2 years with Imperial Light Horse, and his address is Dhu Varren, Portrush. He had been a "Prospector"

1917 Jul 7. Married in Portrush to Eva Rankin

1918 Jun 26. Commissioned

1919 Jul 5, Demobilised

1920 May 31 Joined RIC asa Barrack Defence Sgt

1921 Jan 16 joined ADRIC with service no 1517 . Posted to H Coy

1921 Apr 15. Was playing golf when Major J A MacKinnon Commanding officer of H coy in Tralee was shot while off duty and playing golf in Tralee with DI.3 R W H Ballantine (ADRIC no 935). The IRA knew that he played golf here regularly, and had kept watch on the golf course for about 2 weeks before their chance came. The hit squad was a sniper with a rifle, James Cornelius Healy a veteran of WW1, and three men with shotguns, Johnny Riordan, Tommy Barrett and Jack Mason. Healy hid in a tree overlooking the third green and waited till Mackinnon was perfectly still as he shaped to hit the ball. Healy shot MacKinnon twice in the head. The others opened up with shotguns, and all the IRA men were able to escape in the resulting confusion. The Auxiliaries went on a spree of arson and killing, which in turn led to IRA killings. Welch gave evidence at the inquest

1921 Dec 5. E Yorks Regt. Relinquishes his commission Temp 2nd Lts., and retain the rank of 2nd Lt. : — F. Y. Welch

1922 Jan 13. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1932 Jun 23. Leaves UK for South Africa. He is an Engineer living in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He intends living in South Africa

1932 Aug 1 Arrives UK from South Africa. He is a "cyanider" , lives in Ireland last and but intends returning to SA. New Park Coleraine is UK address.

 

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