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Khartoum Hero's Record

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by Liam Dodd

A member of the tramp class named Thomas Kennedy who was charged at Balbriggan Petty Sessions by the police with stealing bed clothes, pillows, shirts, etc. value £2, the property of Mrs. Margaret Byrne of Skerries and who pleaded guilty asked the magistrates to deal lightly with him, as he was an ex-army man who fought at Khartoum on the side of the famous General Gordon, who he saw shot down. 

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Six Brothers Killed

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Another of the Famous Fureys Succumbs to Wounds

by Liam Dodd

News has reached Derry of the death from wounds received in action of Private William Furey of the Royal Inniskillings Fusiliers. Private Furey, who was formerly stationed at Ebrington Barracks, Derry, wa a native of Loughrea, County Galway. There were eight brothers in the army and six of them have now fallen in the present war. 

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Freeman's Journal 20th June 1917

 

Long Chase After Deserter

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by Liam Dodd

Last afternoon the Newry police succeeded in capturing a deserter soldier Private Campbell of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, lying at Ballykindlar, after a chase continued since 30th August. On that date Campbell was remanded at Newry Petty Sessions as a deserter to await an escort. He escaped from the Bridewell that evening and has been at large since, he remained in the neighbourhood of the town and was captured at Ballymullen. 

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Anzac's Reward

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by Liam Dodd

Private John Busher, New Zealand Artillery, who has been discharged suffering from shell-shock, has been granted 393 acres of land at Wanganui, as well as a pension by the New Zealand Government. He fought in the Boer war and in the present war saw service in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. He is a cousin of Captain Busher, Harbour Master, Wexford.

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Death of an Old Soldier

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by Liam Dodd

Died 20th May 1901 in the South Dublin Union Hospital. James Cleary, aged 75 years, late Private 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers. Served in the Crimea, had clasps for Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman and Sebastopol, was wounded in the trenches and volunteered for the storming party at the Redam (wounded) and refused to leave the field. There were three brothers in the same regiment in the Crimea. 

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War Hero Saved from Pauper's Grave

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by Liam Dodd

Royal Irish Rifleman's Death in New York. The burial in a potter's field of the body of a British war veteran of the Royal Irish Rifles, who was twice decorated for bravery in action, was averted to-day by the British Consulate-General who arranged for a decent interment in a cemetery. The body was that of Robert Copeland, aged 38 years, who was asphyxiated a few days ago as a result of a leaking gas pipe in a furnished room.


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Irish Times 17th January 1928
 

 

Book on Co. Louth World War 1 Dead

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by James Scannell
 
Donal Hall has compiled a book on the men from Co. Louth who were killed in the First World War called ‘ The Unreturned Army, Couth Louth War Dead in the Great War 1914-1919’, which is published by the Co. Louth Archaeological Historical Society.
 

A Promising Soldier

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by Liam Dodd

Sergeant John Doherty of the Royal Irish Regiment, son of Mr. John Doherty, Foreman Star Engineering Works, Wexford, has established somewhat of a record in the matter of rapid promotion from the ranks. Enlisting on the 7th October last, Private Doherty had not completed a month’s service when he gained his first stripe, in the second month he earned his second stripe and on the 15th inst. he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, a splendid record indeed for six month’s service.

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Echo of Anglo Irish War

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by Liam Dodd

The body of a British soldier Private G. Steer, East Lancs Regiment killed during the Anglo-lrish War (1921) was transferred on board the S.S. Kenmare from Cork for burial at Accrington England. It was not possible to ascertain where the remains were exhumed. They were brought under a Guard of Honour of Free State soldiers to the quay side and handed over to a party of British military from Spike Island.

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Irish Soldier’s Victoria Cross to go to Enniskillen

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The VICTORIA CROSS awarded to an Irish officer was returned to Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh on the 25th of February this year, the birthplace of the officer who posthumously received the medal 85 years ago.

Capt. ERIC BELL, a member of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, which was part of the 109th Brigade, 36th Ulster Division at Thiepval on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st of July 1916.

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List of Soldiers' Names Whose Deaths Occurred During the Napoleonic Wars

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From a Register WO 25/2968 - held at Public Record Office, Kew, London, also Names and Addresses of people who claimed their effects.

by Liam Dodd

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Garda Siochana Cloth Patches

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by T. 0' Neill

Illustrated below are some new cloth patches worn by members of An Garda Siochana.

All four of the rectangular patches are yellow lettering on a navy background. The Air Support Unit patch measures 103mm x 53mm, the other three measure 117mm x 35mm.

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Identification Parade - What is it No. 3

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This is another of those unofficial Italian medals of WW2, remarkably similar to the one described in What is it No. 1. It is in brass, 30mm diameter with a ribbon exactly the same as No. 1. The obverse has a stylised view of the Bay of Naples with a tall tree to the left, no airplanes in the sky and the words  ALLIED ARMIES above. The reverse has the inscription NAPLES GRATEFUL TO THE VALIANT ALLIED TROOPS 1ST OCTOBER 1943 and below in very small letters the name G. QUAGLIO.
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Book Review: Researching British Medals

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RESEARCHING BRITISH MEDALS by Steve Dymond pp 143.

The Crowood Press, Ramsbury, Marlborough, May 1999. 

Although many books have been published describing British military medals, few have been written on the subject of medal collecting and considerably less attention has been focused on what to me is the very essence of the hobby: research into the history of the recipients of military medals.

One of our members, Steve Dymond, has now produced a major contribution of world of medal collecting, in the form of what he modestly terms 'a practical guide' to the researching of British military medals. What Steve has in fact published is a fairly comprehensive guide which would not be out of place on the bookshelves of the most experienced collector.

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Cloth Insignia of the Irish Defence Forces - U.N. Titles

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The South Irish Horse Badges and Buttons

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The South Irish Horse was raised on January 7th 1902, by Lord Waterford. The early recruits for the regiment came from the mounted infantry section of the Royal Irish Regiment and the Imperial Yeomanry. Except for staff, they were all part time soldiers.

Badges:  To begin with the regiment used the badge of the Imperial Yeomanry. This was a metal shamrock leaf, with the letters S.I.Y., one on each leaf from left to right. In time the 'Y' on the third leaf was substituted with the letter 'H'.
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Fifth Battalion (Pioneers) Royal Irish Regiment

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SEVENTY YEARS AFTER GALLIPOLI - AN APPRECIATION

by Michael A Kavanagh

The Fifth Battalion (Pioneers) Royal Irish Regiment formed part of the Tenth Irish Division which was composed of newly formed battalions of Irish Regiments of the Line, as well as the necessary amounts of Royal Artillery Army Service Corps, Royal Engineers and Royal Army Medical Corps.


The Tenth Irish Division consisted of the following:

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Identification Parade - What is it No. 9?

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A well made dark bronze, squat, wide-armed cross 38mm x 35mm, the top of the upright arm wider than the bottom.

Obverse:  In a circle in the centre a low relief, hard to discern, depiction of a two funnelled steamer sinking by the stern in a stormy sea with an oared lifeboat in the foreground. There is a recumbent, naked male and female figure at the top of the cross, a lighthouse in the right arm and what appears to be a signal rocket in the left. There is a wreath and a bird with outstretched wings at the bottom. 

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Cloth Insignia of the I.D.F. (Part 16)

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by J. McDonnell

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution - History, Men and Medals

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by Michael Kavanagh

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word 'Lifeboat' as 'a boat of special construction for saving life.' If I were asked to redefine the word 'Lifeboat' for future editions of the dictionary, I would use the following: 'a boat of special construction for saving life, manned by heroes', with a great emphasis on the word heroes. 

The men of the lifeboat service are all volunteers, mostly from the fishing community, but there are crewmen from other walks of life. Among the volunteers at each lifeboat station there is one full-time employee of the R.N.L.I. Life boat men are men of the highest calibre and when the most gallant of conduct is called for they are there to give it. They lay their lives on the line so that others may live. Some have lost their lives in the performance of this, the most human of deeds - saving life at sea. No honour is great enough for these gallant men of our coasts who are prepared at a moment's notice to brave the seas, even at their worst when they get the call 'Save Our Souls'. 

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Cloth Insignia of the I.D.F. (Part 14)

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by J. McDonnell

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