Mathew Boylan was born in 1889 in Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland. He enlisted at Mullingar, County Westmeath and originally joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, his Regimental Number being 29081. At some point, Private Mathew Boylan transferred to the Agricultural Labour Corps, during which time his Regimental Number then became 244155. Presumably he was insufficiently fit for ‘A1’ front line duties.
He died ‘at home’ on the 8 November 1918, just 3 days before the Armistice, aged 29.
Private Mathew Boylan’s campaign Medal Index Card survives and it confirms that he was awarded 2 medals, namely the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
It is possible that Sarah Jane Boylan, the widow of Private Mathew Boylan, chose to have a Commonwealth War Graves Headstone erected in St Alban’s Churchyard. This option was given to family members at no extra cost. Sarah Jane Boylan remarried in 1922 and remained in the local area. As Mrs Sarah Jane Pugh (having married Herbert F Pugh) she was listed as resident at Hawthorn Cottage, Newton, Tattenhall.
Private Mathew Boylan is remembered in Ireland’s Memorial Records of WWI, on the Tattenhall War Memorial and in St Alban’s Churchyard, Tattenhall (as shown below).
Private MATHEW BOYLAN
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
transferred to Agricultural Company Labour Corps
Died 8 November 1918
Husband of Sarah Jane Boylan, Hawthorn Cottage, Newton, Tattenhall, Cheshire
Remembered with honour
ST. ALBAN’S CHURCHYARD, TATTENHALL