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Symbol of Courage - A History of the Victoria Cross

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Book Review

by James Scannell

Members of the Society will be fully aware that the British Victoria Cross is the world's premier military medal for gallantry. Past copies of this journal have featured articles about some of those who have won this prestigious military award, most recently in the December 2004 Journal.

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Roll of Honour

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by Liam Dodd

The death occurred at the Adelaide Hospital Dubin on Saturday of Miss Sabina Farley Q.A., Q.N.S.E. late Matron of the Military Hospital Fermoy County Cork. Miss Farley had seen a good deal of active service. In addition to the Royal Red Cross, with which she was decorated by the King on October 24th 1917, for her services in the present war, she also held the South African Medal and Silver Badge. Miss Farley was a native of Carlow, a sister of Mrs J.B. Quinnell Edenburu, County Kerry and sister-in-law of the late Mr J.G. Glover Clerk of Carlow Union.

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Monkstown Man Wounded

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by Liam Dodd

Second Lieutenant Harold D.E. Jones Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, who has been wounded, is the only son of Mr & Mrs Hubert W Jones of Belmont, The Hill Monkstown, Co Dublin. He was educated at Monkstown Park School and Marlborough. He entered Trinity College Dublin in October 1914 and Sandhurst in April 1915 and was gazetted to the D.C.L.I. in September of the same year.

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Capt. Gerald Robert O’Sullivan V.C.

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Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

by Conor & Liam Dodd

“Captain Gerald Robert O’Sullivan V.C. R. Innis. Fus. of Dorchester Dorset, the Kingstown man who won the Victoria Cross. “For most conspicuous bravery during operations south-west of Krithia”. He was killed in Gallipoli on the 21st of August 1915 and was son of the late Lieut. Colonel George L. O’ Sullivan Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, left property of the value of £2915-4-10, probate has been granted to his brother George L. O’Sullivan of 9 Landfort Terrace Portsmouth England.”
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Irish Wall Dedication

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Longueval, France 

by Ken Kingston 

In previous articles (Journals No's. 55 and 60) regarding the unveiling of the Pipers Memorial at Longueval, France, I expressed the hope that the monument would have special significance for the men of the Irish regiments who died in WWI. This hope came to fruition on the 85th anniversary of the death of the last piper to be killed-in-action during the Great War-18th October, 2003.

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Identification Parade - What is it No 20

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by Tadhg Moloney

A hallmarked silver medallion, 35mm diameter, with small ring suspension.

Obverse:  A shamrock bearing the figure of a mother and two children in the centre with the letters NUR in the three leaves. Inscription around ORPHAN FUND SERVICE IN THE CARE OF MY COMRADES.

Reverse:
  Impressed inscription FOR SERVICES RENDERED 1931 J.J. CLEARY. English silver hallmark and serial number 1160.

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R.I.C. Officers Awarded a Visit to Ireland Medal or the 1911 Coronation Medal

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by Roger Willoughby

Queen Victoria’s visit to Ireland from 3 to 26 April, 1900, was a huge popular success. Contemporary newspapers are crammed with details of the events and pictures of large, apparently celebrating, crowds. In recognition of the services rendered by the Irish Police Forces on this occasion the Queen sanctioned a Commemorative Medal be struck and awarded to all officers and men on duty in Dublin. Struck in bronze, the obverse of the medal depicts the crowned head of Queen Victoria surrounded by the legend VICTORIA REGINA; the reverse shows a figure representing Erin welcoming the arrival of the Royal Yacht at Dun Laoghaire. The date, ‘1900,’ is in the exergue. The medal hangs by a dark blue ribbon, 1-1/10 inches wide, from a top brooch which is in the form of five interlaced shamrocks. Some 2,285 medals were struck. These medals were first worn at Queen Victoria’s funeral in January 1901.

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Honours Conferred on Irish Nursing Profession

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by Liam Dodd

The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross Decoration to the under mentioned ladies in recognition of their valuable services in connection with the war.
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German WWI Casualties Buried in Glencree, Co. Wicklow

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by Philip Lecane

There are six German graves from the First World War period in the German Cemetery at Glencree, Co. Wicklow.

August Bockmeyer, Franz Seemeier (1 December 1887 - 30 January 1917) and Erwin Schatz (died 16 January 1918) were civilian internees.  Bockmeyer and Seemeier were buried at Oldcastle (Old Workhouse) Burial Ground, Co. Meath.  They were removed to Glencree on 15 May 1959.  Schatz was buried in Mullingar Mental Hospital Cemetery.  The date of his removal to Glencree is not known.
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Condemned Soldier's Appeal

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by Liam Dodd

An appeal has been lodged in the office of the Court of Criminal Appeal on behalf of Leo George O'Donnell, 26, Sergeant in the R.A.M.C., who was found guilty at the last Assizes at Winchester, of the murder of Lieut. and Quartermaster William Watterton and sentenced to death. The appeal will come for hearing at the law court's shortly, probably on Monday week. At one time the late Lieut. Watterton occupied a post on the staff of the Royal Hibernian School Phoenix Park and his wife is a Dublin lady.
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Late Lieut. Smith Birr

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by Liam Dodd

Lieut. Smith Dovehill Birr, killed in action was educated in Bishop Foy's School Waterford, whence he passed to the Medical School Trinity College Dublin. Here he joined the O.T.C., at the outbreak of the war received a commission in the 7th Leinster's. He was present at severe fighting on the Somme. He was transferred to the Flying Corps in September, worked as an observation officer for some time and died from injuries received in a flying action.
 
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Irish Soldiers Escape

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Pte C MacDonald Irish Fusiliers and Pte R Dubois Irish Rifles made their escape to Holland after having been prisoners in Germany for two years.

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Irish Independent 10th April 1917
 

Cork Volunteers With The Colours

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by Liam Dodd

I have been asked by the committee and officers of the Cork City Regiment I.N.V. to forward you for publication the enclosed list of former officers and men of our regiment who are at present serving with the colours in both branches of the service. The list which is by no means complete is the result of a few day's enquiry and it is our intention as opportunity offers to publish further lists of a similar nature.

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Amazing Price for Surgeons kit

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At Spink’s auction on May 11 the star item of the sale brought worldwide interest and was finally knocked down for £41,000. The lot comprised a number of items once the property of Surgeon Major J.H. Reynolds, VC, who was present at the famous action at Rorke’s Drift.

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The Band Who Went To War

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by P. Lecane and Liam Dodd

Saturday Herald 22nd April 1916 had a feature on the 'Young Ireland Fife and Drum Band' from Newtownpark Blackrock County Dublin. The article described Newtownpark as a village of 300 people. The 'Young Ireland Fife and Drum Band' was founded in 1902.They were prize winners at Limerick in 1904, winners of the All-Ireland Championship 1910-1911 and winners of the All-Ireland senior competion in 1911-1912 The article stated that almost every member of the band had been or was at the date of the article, on active service in the First World War. A total of forthy-six men had enlisted. The article gave details on the band members who had enlisted and we have added some futher information. The men held the rank of 'Private' unless stated. Where the article listed the men serving in the 'R.I.R'. this could be either the Royal Irish Rifles or Royal Irish Regiment.
 
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R.M.S. Leinster: Two Major passengers

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by Philip Lecane

Kingstown Harbour, Co. Dublin, Thursday morning 10 October 1918

R.M.S. Leinster lay at anchor at Carlisle pier.  The sailors who had served on the ship in her early days would have been surprised, perhaps even shocked, by her appearance today.  When submarine attacks on British shipping grew, the ships of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company had been recalled to the shipyard for a number of modifications.  The ships were painted in camouflage, giving an appearance similar to that of a warship.  To add to the warlike appearance, a 12-pounder gun was mounted on a platform at the stern of each ship, just behind the boat deck.  Three members of the Royal Navy were assigned to each ship, as gunners for the 12-pounder.

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Death of Colonel Walter Joseph Borrowes

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On 11th September 1893, at Plantation Monkstown Walter Joseph Borrowes Colonel 4th Battalion Leinster Regiment. Youngest son of the late Sir Erasmus Borrowes Barrettstown Castle.
 

Sir William Hickie's Appeal

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by Liam Dodd

“We hold our annual commemoration of the 50,000 comrades who lie in France and Flanders and in other theatres of the war. I do hope that no action on the part of any ex-service man will offend any of our fellow countrymen's feelings.”

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The U-Boat that Sank the Lusitania

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by James Morton

One of the worst tragedies in maritime history occurred off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7th May 1915 when the German submarine U.20 torpedoed and sank the Lusitania without any warning, resulting in the deaths of over one thousand men, women and children. Even today, eighty-six years on, public interest in the Lusitania remains as strong as ever.

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Army Ranger Wing Interfet Brassard

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by Tom O'Neill

Illustrated below is the badge detail of the INTERFET (International Force East Timor) brassard which was presented to the members of the A.R.W. contingent who served on the first mission to East Timor during 1998/'99.

There are two versions of the brassard, the difference being, one has the Irish tri-colour while the other has the New Zealand flag. Both versions were presented to the A.R.W. but neither were actually worn.
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Bank of Ireland Staff Honour Roll 1914-1918

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by C. Raleigh

This short article was prompted by the chance acquisition of a beautifully finished and very informative book entitled 'The Great War 1914-1918 - Bank of Ireland Staff Service Record'. The details were compiled by Thomas F. Hennessy and the finished product was printed by Alex. Thom & Co. Ltd., Dublin, in 1920. The details of this Bank staff members who died are accompanied by photographs, while those who survived the war are commemorated by their service details. 

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