Private Michael Sinnott

Date of Birth 13th March 1889
Age at Death 29
Date of Death 12 July 1918
Service Number 6713
Military Service Royal Munster Fusiliers
Merton Address
Local Memorial Morden Cemetery

Additional Information

Michael Sinnott was born on 13th March 1889, possibly in Enniscorthy, in Ireland.

Michael enlisted with the Royal Munster Fusiliers 5th Battalion in Newport S.W. England on 13th November 1915. He was aged 26 and 8 months when he enlisted and had been working as a Hotel Porter at the Freshwater Hotel. (Isle of Wight)

His enlistment papers describe him as being 5ft 6 ½ inches tall, with a chest measurement of 35 ½ inches. His complexion was dark, with grey eyes and dark brown hair.

He listed his next of kin as his brother Thomas who was living at 9 Duffeny Street, Enniscorthy, in Co. Wexford Ireland. He also listed a correspondence address as Mrs Connell who also lived in Enniscorthy.

The 5th Battalion: At the outbreak of WW1 the 3rd,4th and 5th (reserve) Battalion were mobilized and remained on home service providing training and supplementing the two main Battalions (1&2) with trained men. The Royal Munster Fusiliers main recruiting district was at Ballymullen Barracks, Tralee, Co. Kerry in Ireland.

Michael was discharged from his military unit on 5th February 1916 after serving only 3 months. Records state he was not likely to become an efficient soldier due to poor health. His address on discharge was given as C/O Mrs Jones of 78 Luppers Street, Pall Mall London.

Michael’s discharge papers stated that he refused to sign the section “I hereby acknowledge that I have received all my pay and allowances” He applied for a pension which was granted, and he was awarded £7.10

Michael died on 12th July 1918 aged 29 from Tuberculosis of the Lung. He was buried in Morden Cemetery, Garth Road and his name also appears on the stone memorial cross in the churchyard.


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