Killannon County, Galway, Ireland
23rd Irish Fusiliers, 88th
Reg. of Foot Connaught Rangers
India 15 250/365 years
on Date of Discharge
6, 1875 Galway, Ireland
or scars: Nil
- Enlisted with the 23rd Irish Fusiliers at
Limerick, Ireland until approximately December
15, 1853. (Authority: Army Account Book '9
months to serve with an elder brother').
(approx) - Transferred to the 88th Regiment
of Foot, The Connaught Rangers.
5, 1854 - Embarked for Turkey.
31, 1854 - Embarked for the Crimea.
in the battles of Alma, Inkerman and the
seige of Sebastopol.
11, 1855 - Severely wounded on
before Sebastopol by the explosion of a shell
in the arm and face.
(Authority: Account Book)
Brigade of Light Division under command of
General Buller with 10 field batteries
21, 1856 - Landed in England.
17, 1857 - Embarked for The East
1857 - Arrived with the 88th in
India for Mutiny Service to relief of Cawnpore
________ Col. Maxwell.
1, 1865 - Promoted to Corporal
22, 1870 - Landed in England.
22, 1871 - document stating no
next of kin, signed Walter Connors.
18, 1873 - Promoted to Sergeant.
17, 1875 - Dishcarged having completed
second period of limited engagement -21 years
account to 'Weekly Freeman' we learn that
Walter re-enlisted in the 4th Battalion, Connaught
Rangers and was on the permanent staff at
Renmore Barracks, Castlegar, Co. Galway for
the last 21 years of his military life; that
he was approximately age 60 on retirement
facts are from Sgt. Connors' Account Book
from 1853 to 1874 and Certificate of Discharge
of Limited Engagement issued 1875. Further
information surmised from statement of final
retirement published in 'Weekly Freeman'.
Our Military Correspondent
The Weekly Freeman
Secumdum' writes to me from Galway under the
date of May 24th;
- Convinced that those of your readers having
a love of military matters would feel interested
by the publication in the columns of your
influential paper of the respect shown to
one of the Crimean veterans, whose service
expired on the 23rd inst, the term of service
being forty-three years, twenty-one of which
were spent on the permanent staff of the 4th
Battalion Connaught Rangers, I wish, with
your permission, to give a brief description
of the splendid send-off of which he was the
this morning, at 9:45, the full band and the
whole of the permanent staff, the warrant
officers, and non-commissioned officers of
the depot were witnesses of the departure
of this man of long-standing service in the
army, Sergeant Walter Connors, from the depot
to the railway station, situate about a mile
away. The band accompanied him to the station
and Adjutant and Captains Flanagan and Kelly
and Lieutenant Brewer were amongst those forming
the escort. 'Sergeant Connors is a man of
fine physique, 5 ft. 9 in. in height, of soldierly
bearing, with iron-gray moustache. A fluent
speaker of the Irish language, an Irishman
born, quiet, unpretending and unobtrusive,
possessing many social qualities, he was always
singled out to drill the Irish-speaking recruits
by his superiors. He honourably won the field
of battle the following medal and clasp; is
also in possession of the medal for long service
and good conduct, and has been recommended
for the meritorious medal.
the departing veteran reached the barrack
gate, through which he was to leave the service
for ever, his emotions quite overcame him,
and the many friends he had made during his
later years were scarcely less moved. As the
train steamed past the bridge of Renmore Barracks,
a place associated with many happy memories,
the cheering for the fine old soldier was
loud and long.'
the Diary of Nathanial Hawthorne
April 3, 1854
stood on the Exchange at noon today to see
the 88th Reg. of the Connaught Rangers marching
down to embark for the Crimea. These were
a body of young, healthy & cheerful-looking
men: and looked greatly better than the dirty
crowd that thronged to gaze at them........I
questioned with myself, how many of these
ruddy-cheeked young fellows, marching so stoutly
away, would ever tread English ground again!'
of Connaught Rangers
Certificate of Discharge
is to certify that No.2980 Sergeant Walter
Connors born in the parish of Killannon in
or near the town of Galway in the County of
Galway was enlisted at Limerick for the 23rd
Fusiliers on the 15th March 1853 at the age
of 17 years. That the Service he is entitled
to reckon is - 21 years and 22 days toward
the completion of his 1st & Second term
of limited engagement. 21 years - 22 days
towards Good Conduct pay and Pension.
he is discharged in consequence of his having
claimed it on termination of his Second period
of limited engagement.
Abroad: including India 15 250/365
Medal & clasps for Alma, Inkerman, Sebastapol
Mutiny Medal & clasp for Central India
at Galway ? Brigade Depot (Signed Colonel
16 day of March, 1875
Adjutant General's Office, Dublin
6th day of April, 1875
Discharge of Sgt. Walter Connors Confirmed
Signed (?)Character - His character has been
very good. He is in possession of five good
conduct badges, The Crimean Medal with three
clasps for Alma, Inkerman & Sebastapol.
Turkish Medal. Indian Mutiny Medal & Clasp
for Central India and Good Conduct Medal.
handwritten by & Signed, Colonel (?)
68th Sub-District Galway 17/3/75
of Marching Money issued to Sgt. W. Connors
By Whom - Major and pay Master Geo. Elliott
Five pounds from fine fund as a gratuity:
Signed Geo. Elliott Major
Pay Master 68 Bd. Depot
Sgt. Connor's writing)
from Major Staff Office of ? Ennis District,
the (sum) of Ten Pounds sterling the amount
of gratuity awarded me for Long Service and
at Loughree, Walter Connors, Sgt.
1st June, 1875 Militia
Intended Place of Residence: Loughnee Co.
Capt. Ted Arnsby
Sgt. Eileen Arnsby