Major George Twomey

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Major George Twomey

Birthplace: London, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
Death: March 18, 1951 (75)
Immediate Family:

Son of Gerald Twomey and Maria Annae Twomey (Nolan)
Husband of Elizabeth Ethel Twomey (Glasgow)
Father of Col. Cyril Alexander Twomey, SM, JCD; Patricia Ethel Twomey and Mary Eileen Carthew
Brother of Jeremiah Charles Twomey; Maria Anna Hayes; Charlotte Donovan; Rose Ellen Bremer and Gerald Bernard Twomey

Occupation: Engineer / Military Officer
Managed by: Patricia Anne Rich
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About Major George Twomey


The South African Irish was formed at the outbreak of World War I in August 1914 when three officers (Major George Twomey, Captain J. Jeoffreys and a Captain MacDonald) met at the Irish Club in Johannesburg to raise an Irish regiment from among the citizens of Johannesburg and its surrounding areas.


At the outbreak of World War II in 1939 the 1st South African Irish Regiment was reformed through the efforts of Major Twomey, Captains Jeoffreys and Cullinan (the latter was the son of Sir Thomas Cullinan, of diamond fame).

Although the unit was designated as the 1st South African Irish a second battalion was never formed as the men intended for this second battalion were drafted to the first. In practice, the usual designation for the regiment was thus the South African Irish Regiment.


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Major George Twomey's Timeline

December 15, 1875
London, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
October 2, 1907
Johannesburg, South Africa
May 28, 1923
Johannesburg, South Africa
March 18, 1951
Age 75
Johannesburg, South Africa