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    Jan 24th

    1865

    Nukumaru, New Zealand during the Maori War. Captain Hugh Shaw of the 18th Foot (Royal Irish Regt), under heavy fire, led a patrol of four privates who had volunteered to accompany him, to within 30 yards of the Maori position, in order to rescue a soldier who was severely wounded. For this action he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

    Shaw was born in Madras, India in 1839. He later rose to the rank of Maj-General and was a holder of the CB. He died in 1904 and is buried in Portsmouth. His VC is held in the National Army Museum Chelsea.

    Shaw wasn't Irish but since he was in an Irish Regt at the time I feel he deserves a mention.

    1918

    8674 Cpl James McCarthy, 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt. Son of James and Johanna McCarthy, 24 College St, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary performed an act of bravery which cost him his life and earned him the Albert Medal.

    An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 14th May, 1918, records the following:- Albert Medal in Gold. "On the 24th January, 1918, in Palestine, Corporal McCarthy was cleaning grenades in his quarters, when the fuse of one became ignited. He carried it out to throw it into a safe place, but, finding a number of men standing around, he realised that he could not throw it anywhere without injuring his comrades. He clasped the grenade in both hands and held it close to his side. The grenade exploded, killing Corporal McCarthy, who by his devoted courage saved his comrades from serious injury."

    He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.

    http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/cas...asualty=647505

    1921

    The IRA ambushed a patrol of the Lincolnshire Regt at Poynstown, near Killenaule, Co. Tipperary. Two men killed and 3 wounded.

    1940

    John Doogan VC died. See Jan 28th entry.

    Died

    1918

    7874 Pte William Flynn, 5th Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died at sea, he was from Fourmilewater, Co. Waterford.

    8674 Cpl James McCarthy, 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt. Killed in Palestine, he was from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    Executed

    10603 Pte John Seymour, 2nd Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Age 21. Buried Duhallow ADS Cemetery.

    1921

    KIA in the Poynstown Ambush

    Sgt Brackenbury, Licolnshire Regt.
    Pte Staven, Licolnshire Regt.
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    Jan 25th

    Died

    1915

    12539 Pte John Falconer, 2nd Bn The Welsh Regt. Died on the Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1916

    4877 Pte Patrick Brett, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. He died in Wales. Born Tramore, Co. Waterford.

    1975 Pte Philip McGuire, 6th Bn Royal Irish Regt. Killed in Action on the Western Front. He was from Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny.


    26 Jan

    1788

    The first shipload of convicts arrived in Australia

    1828

    Arthur Wellsley became Prime Minister of Great Britain and Ireland. Arthur was born in Ireland and is better known to history as the Duke of Wellington.

    1885

    Gordon of Khartoum was killed in the city he made famous.

    1907

    The Playboy of the Western World gets its first performance in the Abbey theatre, Dublin. The audience rioted in protest at the foul language. God bless Edwardian morality.

    1993

    Vaclav Havel became the first President of the Czech Republic.

    All the above from the Irish Examiner.

    1880

    General Douglas MacArthur's birthday

    1939

    Franco's Forces captured Barcelona.
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    27 Jan 1859

    Wilhelm of Hohenzollern was born in Berlin, son of Frederick and Victoria. His grandfather Wilhelm I was the ruler of Prussia and soon to be Kaiser of a united Germany. Young Wilhelm's grandmother was Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Wilhelm I died in 1888 and was succeeded by his son as Frederick III. Frederick was already dying of cancer and was Kaiser for only 3 months. Wilhelm II ruled Germany for 30 years and led his country into the Great War, against his cousins Czar Nicholas of Russia and George V of Britain. He was forced to abdicate two days before the war's end and went into exile in the Netherlands where he died in 1941.

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    "Gentlemen, you will regret this."

    Wilhelm to his general staff on the decision to mobilize in 1914


    1915

    26205 Dvr Bartholemew Prendergast. 23rd Fld Coy RE. KIA in France. from Tallow, Co.Waterford.

    1916

    16691 Rifleman William McKeown 2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles KIA in Belgium. From Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.

    11399 Pte Lawrence O'Neill. 8th Bn Somerset Light Inf. KIA in France. From Ferrybank, Waterford.

    1921

    Vol Frank O'Meara shot dead at Laffansbridge, Co. Tipperary.
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    January 28th

    1832

    Charles John Stanley Gough was born in Chittagong, India. His father was George Gough from Rathronan, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, a member of the Bengal Civil Service. Aged 16 he joined the 5th Bengal European Cavalry. Charles had a long military career in India as had his brother Hugh. They both fought in the Indian Mutiny and both won the Victoria Cross. Charles won his for rescuing his wounded brother under enemy fire. After his military career was over General Sir Charles retired to the family home near Clonmel and died in Sept 1912.

    His two sons, Hubert and John also served as soldiers. John won a VC in Somaliland in 1903, completing a unique record of three members of the same family winning the award, and died of wounds in France in 1915. Hubert gained fame as a controversial soldier, he was a ringleader of the Curragh Mutiny in 1914 and commanded the 5th Army in France, being sacked in 1918 for his perceived failure to halt the German advance of March 1918.


    1881

    During the Battle of Laing’s Nek in the First Boer War Pte John Doogan of the 1st Dragoon Guards won a Victoria Cross for rescuing a dismounted officer, Major Brownlow, under enemy fire and despite the fact that he was, himself, wounded. Pte Doogan was wounded again during the rescue. John Doogan was born in Aughrim Co. Galway in 1853 and died in Folkestone, Kent in 1940. Two of his sons died in World War 1.

    1915

    13878 Dvr Patrick O’Flynn. Royal Artillery. Died of Wounds in France. From Waterford City.

    Executed

    2222 Pte Thomas Cummings, Irish Guards. He was from Belfast. Age 27.

    3379 Pte Albert Smythe, Irish Guards. He was believed to be from Ulster. Age 32.

    1917

    2108 Sgt John Toole. Royal Artillery. Died of Wounds in France. From Waterford City.

    1944

    6980223 L/Cpl Thomas Power. 2nd Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. KIA Italy. Son of Mrs Mary Power of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. His name is on Panel 6 of the Cassino Memorial.
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    Not quite on this day

    Sunday Miscellany did a feature on a wedding circa 1947 in North Monaghan. The Groom was no lesser person that the son of Manfred Von Richtoven, The Red Baron.
    On the same subject, who took over command of the Flying Circus when the Baron was killed (by a rifle man)? His 2i/c Herman Goering!!

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    Strange. Did he marry a Monaghan woman? I didn't realise that Herman was in Richtofen's unit. Wasn't there a younger Von Richtofen there as well?

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    January 29

    1834


    A riotous assembly of Irish labourers engaged in building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is suppressed by troops. The first time that US troops had been used for such an action.

    1856

    The Victoria Cross was instituted . 190 Irishmen have received the award. The last was Leading Seaman James Magennis in 1945.

    Died

    1915


    5134 Pte Patrick Walsh. 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died of Wounds in France. From Waterford.

    1946

    Able Seaman Michael Flusk (Merchant Navy), serving aboard the S.S. Ocean Voyager died in Liverpool. He was from Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
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    Originally posted by Groundhog
    Strange. Did he marry a Monaghan woman? I didn't realise that Herman was in Richtofen's unit. Wasn't there a younger Von Richtofen there as well?
    No he married some other diplomat. The Monaghan connection was the reverend who married them. Some friend of the family.

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    January 30

    1649


    Charles I of England was beheaded in London. The executioner’s name was Richard Brandon.

    1882

    Franklin Roosevelt born.

    1912

    The House of Lords rejected home rule for Ireland.

    1933

    Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg.

    1972

    Bloody Sunday in Derry. 13 civilians shot dead by British troops.

    Died

    1918

    372261 Rifleman Francis Jones. Post Office Rifles. Died at Home. From Clonmel.
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    One More, Seeing As I Won't Be At The PC On Sunday...

    One with a military slant...

    Feb 1st:
    St.Bridget bagged the Curragh for, firstly, her religious order, then eventually,
    many, many years later, for own Defence Forces.........

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    January 31

    1879


    Lt Reginald Hart Royal Engineers, while on convoy escort in the Bazar Valley in Afghanistan, rescued a wounded trooper of the 13th Bengal Lancers, under fire. He ran 1200 yards to reach the wounded man. Lt Hart was born in Scariff, Co. Clare in 1848 and died in England in 1931. He rose to the rank of General.

    1917

    Germany announces the renewal of unlimited submarine warfare in the Atlantic

    Died

    1916

    7518 Pte William Gilman. 1st Bn Connaught Rangers. Mesopotamia. Born Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.

    1918
    25153 Pte James Coleman. 7th Bn Royal Irish Regt. Western Front. From Cashel Co.Tipperary

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    February 1

    As Truck Driver pointed out above it is Lá Féile Bríde (St Brigid's Day) today.

    1915

    L/Cpl Michael O’Leary, 1st Bn Irish Guards from Inchigeela, Co. Cork, was part of a group attacking German barricades at Cuinchy, France. He rushed forward on his own and killed 5 German soldiers at the first barricade and then moved onto the second where he killed 3 more Germans and captured 2. For the above action he was awarded a Victoria Cross which is on Display in the Guards Regimental HQ in London. He was later commissioned and rose to the rank of Major. He died in 1961 in London and is buried in Mill Hill Cemetery. For some reason the VC reference site has him listed as a Canadian.

    Died

    1918

    59946 Pte Thomas Egan 5th Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died in Egypt. From Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

    1944

    Robert Marsh from Dundrum, Co. Dublin, Chief Engineer Officer of the SS Colborne died in Egypt.
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    My ouldfella is from Inchageela....lots of learys there...

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    Wonder has he any relatives still alive.

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    For some reason the VC reference site has him listed as a Canadian.

    The Vc site lists him as Canadian but also refers to the fact that it is claimed that he is also Irish. Any know why this has come about?

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    O'Leary VC

    Ok I found out why:

    "O'Leary was a reservist who was recalled when war broke out. He enlisted initially in the RN before being discharged as a result of rheumatism in his knees. After a spell of working as a farm labourer at home, he was restored to full health and joined the Irish Guards. In 1913 he left the Army on completin of his term of enlistment and went to Canada where he joined the RNWMP with whom he served until war broke out and he went to Britain to rejoin the Micks."

    Courtesy of Doherty & Truesdale "Irish Winners of the VC"

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    February 2

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    James Joyce, author, was born in Dublin. His most famous book, Ulysses, was published in Paris in 1922. Joyce lived in Zurich during World War 1 where he got into trouble with the British Consul for not registering for war service. His enemy, the Consul, appears in Ulysses as Sgt Major Percy Bennet a champion boxer. Another enemy from that time gave his name to the drunken soldier, Henry Carr, who abuses Leopold Bloom.

    Died

    1946


    322023 Nurse Bridget O'Sullivan. Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service in Rangoon, Burma. Daughter of Fred and Mary O'Sullivan, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.

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    1919


    The inaugural meeting of the League of Nations opens in Paris.

    Died

    1915

    5801 Pte Michael Hennessy, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. At Home. From Waterford City.

    1967

    Sp4 Timothy Daly 4 Inf Div. In Vietnam. From Co.Limerick

    February 4

    Died

    1917

    10342 Pte John Kennedy, 1st Bn Royal Lancaster Regt. Western Front.

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    February 5

    Died

    1918

    10357 Pte Patrick Lambe. 2nd Bn Leinster Regt. Western Front. From Clonmel.

    February 6

    1901

    Sgt William Traynor, 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regt won a VC.

    At Bothwell Camp, South Africa, during a night attack, Sergeant Traynor ran out of a trench, under fire, to help a wounded man. While running he was wounded, and being unable to carry the man himself called for assistance. A lance-corporal came to him and between them they carried the wounded soldier into shelter. Afterwards, in spite of his wounds, Sergeant Traynor remained in command of his section, encouraging his men until the attack ended.

    1952

    George VI died at Sandringham aged 56.
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    George VI..Euthenasia?

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    He had lung cancer so maybe. I certainly wouldn't stop him.

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    1979

    Josef Mengele died in Brazil. The Nazi doctor known as the Angel of Death selected those who died and those who were to be kept for his hideous experiments in Auschwitz.

    1992

    The European Union is born.

    Died

    1915


    4053 Pte John Harty. 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. From Waterford.
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    1857


    Atthe Battle of Khoosh-ab, in Persia, Lieutenant Arthur Moore , Adjutant of the 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry, won a Victoria Cross by leaping on his horse into an infantry square of 500 Persians. He was accompanied by his brother Ross, who was 6 foot 7 inches tall and weighed 18 stone according to Doherty and Truesdale. Both their horses were killed in the process and the two brothers and a third officer named Malcolmson were soon under extreme pressure from the enemy. Ross Moore hacked his way out of the square on foot while Arthur climbed behind Malcolmson and breached the square on horseback. Meanwhile the rest of the regiment exploited the braech and broke the infantry square. Lt Moore was born in Carlingford, Co. Louth in 1830. He later rose to the rank of Major General and died on 25 April 1913 in Dublin. Poor old Ross never got a mention though Malcolmson also got the VC.

    1902

    Also on this day in 1902 Captain Arthur Martin-Leake of the South African Constabulary won a VC for rescuing a wounded man under fire from the Boers at Vlakfontein. While dealing with a second wounded man he was shot himself.

    Aged 40 he was working with the Indian Railways when World War 1 started. He travelled to France himself and enlisted at the British Consulate in Paris. He then attached himself to the first British medical unit he found. A t Zonnebeke in Belgium in the First Battle of Ypres he rescued several wounded men under enemy fire. He was awarded a bar to is VC, one of only three men to achieve the second award. In light of that fact I put him in here even though he has no Irish connection. He later became a Lt Colonel and died in 1953.

    Died

    1944


    14218097 Rifleman Patrick Howard, 1st Bn London Irish Rifles. Buried Anzio War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Kathleen Howard, Clonmel.
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    1918

    20646 Rifleman John Galligan 1st Bn Royal Irish Rifles in France. Son of Thomas and Bridget Galligan 10 Peter St, Clonmel.

    1953

    Pte John Dillon 7th Infantry Div, US Army. In Korea. Born Co. Limerick

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    February 10
    1951 The Goon Show is first aired on BBC...
    Terence Spike Milligan met Harry Secome while serving in the British Army during WW2,where Milligan was a gunner in the Royal Artillery,And were later Joined by Peter Sellers following his Demob from service Post war..Michael Bentine Joined initially...and comedy,and indeed respect for authority was never the same agaaaaaaaaaaaaa.................

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