2nd Lieutenant Gerald Joseph OReilly

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Gerald Joseph OReilly

Gerald Joseph O'Reilly was born in 1885 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, son of John Christopher O'Reilly (1845-1922), a Solicitor, and Bridget Josephine O'Reilly (née McKenna). They had married on the 8th July 1868 in Newry, County Down. Gerald was the youngest of seven, five brothers and one sister.

Gerald married Phyllis Marguerite Morse (1894-1972), a Laundry Manageress, on the 7th June 1913 in Glasgow. His home address at the time of his marriage was 35 Airlie Gardens, Glasgow. His occupation was recorded as a Journalist in 1911; Gerald was on the reporting staff for the Daily Record and the Daily Mail. They had a son, also called Gerald, born in 1914 and a daughter, Marguerite Josephine, who was born on the 4th January 1916. The family lived at 71 Woodville Gardens, Langside, Glasgow.

His links to the University of Glasgow were through the Officers’ Training Corps, where he was a cadet between 1915 and 1916. He was gazetted to the 9th Lincolnshire Regiment on 21st January 1916 (later serving with the 10th Division). On the 30th November, he was wounded by shellfire; he died the following morning. On his death, his commanding officer wrote to his wife, describing Gerald as a ‘capable and conscientious officer’. A Catholic chaplain serving with the battalion also wrote to Gerald’s wife, detailing his frequent attendance of masses held there, and his help during these. Gerald is now buried at Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck.

Gerald’s name can be found on the University’s Roll of Honour. He is also remembered on a memorial in the churchyard of St Mary Immaculate in Pollokshaws; and his death was recorded by newspapers The Tablet and the Evening Times.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Gerald Joseph OReilly
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 10th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds, 30 November 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/824
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