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    Sept 17th

    1745

    Edinburgh was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites.

    1862

    The Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg) was fought in the American Civil War. Combined casualties on both sides were around 23,000.

    1899

    The British Army began sending troops to South Africa as the relations with the Boers became strained.

    1939

    HMS Courageous was sunk by U-29. 519 sailors died.

    The USSR invaded Poland.

    1944

    Operation Market Garden began when, British US and Polish paratroopers seized Dutch bridges over the River Rhine.

    1970

    The Jordanians drove the PLO from their country into Lebanon.

    Died

    1914

    9861 Sgt Stephen Knox, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died of wounds on the Western Front. From Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny.

    1916

    9566 Pte John Brown,1st Bn Irish Guards. KIA on the Western Front. He was from Carrickbeg, Co. Tipperary.

    3566 GunnerJohn Colbert, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died on the Western Front and was from Lismore, Co. Waterford.

    Another Lismore man was 4983 Cpl Timothy Kemp, 8th Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. Died of wounds on the Western Front.

    3582 Pte Michael Murphy, 6th Bn Royal Irish Regt. Killed in action on the Western Front. From Waterford.

    1922

    Volunteer Thomas Hayes, IRA. KIA Bushfield, Co. Tipperary. Born Nenagh.

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    Originally posted by Groundhog
    1939

    HMS Courageous was sunk by U-29. 519 sailors died.
    HMS Courageous was a weird ship and no mistake. She was originally completed as a "large light cruisers" meaning that she was either an overgunned cruiser or an underarmored battleship - depending on your point of view. Sailors of the day called them "tinclads", and Courageous's nickname was actually Outrageous. They were designed purely to do a mad dash to the baltic and shell Berlin to support an invasion. A truer example of military planning having run amock would be hard to find.
    Meh.

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    Sept 18th

    1916

    The Quadrilateral Redoubt near Ginchy was captured.

    1941

    Sean McCaughey was convicted of kidnapping former IRA chief of staff Stephen Hayes on June 30th. Hayes claims he was court-martialed and tortured. He managed to stave off execution by spending weeks writing a full confession while he waited for a chance to escape.

    Hayes was a Garda informant. Thanks to his information the GS raided IRA arms dumps in Wexford, for which one Michael Devereaux was executed. His murderer was tried and executed in Portlaois by a firing squad. The full story is back in March.

    Died

    1922

    Volunteer Con Hanly, IRA. KIA Ballinard, Co. Tipperary. Born Donohill.
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    Karl Doenitz was born. He commanded the German U-Boat fleet in WW2 and succeeded Hitler as Fuehrer for a week.
    He also commanded the Kriegsmarine, taking over from Raeder.

    Charles Haughey was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
    According to Scrap Saturday, he was also born in Derry and Donnycarney...:D
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    Originally posted by combatlogo
    He also commanded the Kriegsmarine, taking over from Raeder.
    He also became Fuhrer, taking over from some Austrian bloke whose name escapes me at the moment.

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    He also became Fuhrer, taking over from some Austrian bloke whose name escapes me at the moment.

    This part of the post was a dead giveaway really;:D

    Karl Doenitz was born. He commanded the German U-Boat fleet in WW2 and succeeded Hitler as Fuehrer for a week.

    According to Scrap Saturday, he was also born in Derry and Donnycarney...

    His father was a Commandant in the Mayo IRA in the War of Independence. I'll go for Mayo.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Haughey
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    Sept 19th

    1356

    The Battle of Poitiers was fought between the French and the English during the Hundred Years War.

    1870

    The siege of Paris by the Prussians began. Hunger forced the Parisians to eat Castor and Pollux, the 2 elephants in Paris zoo.:(

    1941

    The crew of the City of Waterford was rescued by the Walmer Castle after a collision.

    1944

    Flt/Lt David Lord earned a VC dropping supplies to the 1st Airborne Div in Arnhem. His Dakota was hit twice but, with one engine on fire, Lord completed his drop. Finding two containers still aboard, he returned to drop them and then ordered his crew to bale out while he kept his plane on course. Lord was killed when the plane crashed seconds later. David Lord was from Cork and he is buried in Osterbeek Cemetery, Holland. He had previously been awarded the DFC.

    Died

    1916

    7110 Pte Michael Coughlan, 1st Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1918

    23634 Pte George Horsom, 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action on the Western Front. From Ballinameela, Aglish, Co. Waterford.

    205771 Pte Daniel Raymond, 1st Bn Wiltshire Regt. Died of wounds on the Western Front. From Waterford.

    Killed in action in Salonika with 12th Bn, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

    S/20101 Pte William Flynn, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.

    S/20133 Pte Patrick Gibson, Waterford.

    1944

    14434372 L/Cpl Thomas Morrissey, 1st Bn London Irish Rifles from Mantlehill, Co. Tipperary. He was killed in action in Italy and is buried in Gradara War Cemetery.

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    Originally posted by Groundhog
    This part of the post was a dead giveaway really;:D

    Karl Doenitz was born. He commanded the German U-Boat fleet in WW2 and succeeded Hitler as Fuehrer for a week.
    D'oh. Damned skim-reading.

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    Sept 20th

    1327

    King Edward II of England was assassinated in Berkley Castle. Fans of Braveheart will remember him as the faggoty Prince married to the fine French filly. He was murdered on the orders of the same fine French thing by having a red hot poker shoved up his arse. The theory is that this would leave no marks on the body, other than a very blistered arse. On the other hand Isabella was probably a vindictive bitch.

    1689

    Followers of King William from Enniskillen defeated Jacobite forces at Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

    1803

    Robert Emmet was executed in Dublin.

    1854

    The Allies defeated the Russians at the battle of Alma during the Crimean War.

    Irish VC winners on the day were Capt Edward Bell of the 23rd Foot. Who commanded his battalion when all senior officers were casualties and captured some enemy artillery.

    In the same battalion Sgt Luke O'Connor from Co. Roscommon, became the first man in history to earn the VC when he carried the colours throughout the battle, though wounded. Luke rose to the rank of Major-General and lived another 60 years.

    Over in the Middlesex Regt, another Irish Sgt, John Park, earned another VC for his courage.

    1917

    At Ypres, Belgium, Irish-born, Lt Hugh Colvin, 9th Bn., The Cheshire Regiment took command of two companies and led them forward under heavy fire with great success. He personally captured 14 prisoners.


    1920

    The Black and Tans burned Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

    Kevin Barry was captured after ambushing a British Army detail collecting bread from a bakery. He was later hung in Mountjoy Jail.

    Died

    1917
    KIA on the Western Front


    39340 Pte James Corby, 1/5th Bn South Lancashire Regt. From Tipperary.

    371381 Pte Richard Lonergan, 8th Bn The London Regt. From Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

    1918

    192743 Pte Richard Power, Royal Engineers. KIA Western Front, he was from Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.
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    Robertson did it as well. From Recruit to Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

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    Robertson did indeed do it. Bloody cavalry.


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    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    1803

    Robert Emmet was executed in Dublin.


    In a particularly nasty fashion.
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    Originally posted by Groundhog
    [B] Sept 20th

    1327

    King Edward II of England was assassinated in Berkley Castle. Fans of Braveheart will remember him as the faggoty Prince married to the fine French filly. He was murdered on the orders of the same fine French thing by having a red hot poker shoved up his arse. The theory is that this would leave no marks on the body, other than a very blistered arse.
    Apparently they used a funnel. There weren't even any blisters.
    Meh.

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    I heard a rams horn was used....

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    Sept 21st

    1170

    Diarmuid MacMurrough and and his Normans allies marched on the Norse kingdom of Dublin.

    1601

    A Spanish army under Don Juan del Aguila landed at Kinsale.

    1745

    The Jacobites were victorious at Prestonpans

    1795

    The Battle of the Diamond took place between the Peep o' Day Boys and the Catholic Defenders near Loughgall, Co. Armagh.

    1857

    Sgt Patrick Mahoney of the 1st Madras Fusiliers (later Royal Dublin Fusiliers), helped in the capture of the Regimental Colour of the 1st Regiment of Native Infantry. He was KIA a month later.


    1881

    Eamonn Ceannt was born in Co. Galway.

    1941


    Five Irish merchant seamen from the City of Waterford were killed when the Walmer Castle was attacked by German aircraft as she sailed in Convoy OG 74 to Gibraltar. They had been rescued after a collision on Sept 19th.

    1949

    The Republic of Ireland soccer team beat England 2-0 at Goodison Park. It was England’s first defeat by a foreign side.

    2000

    The Gardaí arrested a man in connection with the bombing of Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street, Dublin in 1966.

    2001

    Bertie Ahern announced that Ireland will put its airports, airspace, refuelling facilities and garda intelligence at the disposal of the US in the battle against terrorism.

    Died

    1914

    9966 L/Cpl Henry Moore, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1915

    7611 Pte James Shanahan, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Aglish, Co. Waterford.

    1941
    Killed aboard the Walmer Castle


    Captain Thomas Aplin.

    Ordinary Seaman Edward Kearney.

    Sailor Patrick Murphy.

    Sailor Samuel Naylor.
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    Sept 22nd

    1798

    Government forces under Colonel Trench marched from Castlebar and took Ballina

    1821

    Patrick Moore, a Confederate General, was born in Galway.

    1884

    HMS Wasp was wrecked off Tory Island, Co. Donegal, with the loss of 52 lives. There were eight survivors.

    1914

    HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy were all sunk in the North Sea by a German U-Boat. The submarine was the U-9, commanded by Commander Otto Weddigen. He fired one torpedo at the Aboukir which began to sink and capsized in 30 minutes. The other two ships stopped to take on survivors, assuming that Aboukir had hit a mine. U-9 manoeuvred around the stricken Aboukir and fired two torpedos at Hogue, which went down in 10 minutes. An hour after hitting Aboukir Weddigen fired his last 3 torpedos at Cressy. She sank in 15 minutes. The three ships were old cruisers unable to sail at more than 12 knots. The captains were not even zig zagging due to the assumption that there were no submarines in the area. Over 1400 sailors died.

    1918

    The British army captured Haifa and Nazareth, Palestine.

    1920

    At Rineen, near Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, the IRA ambushed and killed 6 RIC men. The Black and Tans wrecked the town that night.

    The RIC men killed were Sgt Michael Hynes, Constables Reginald Hardman, Michael Harte, John Hodnett, Michael Kelly and John Maguire. The ambush party was commanded by the local IRA Comdt Ignatius O’Neill, ex-Irish Guards. He was wounded when a large party of soldiers appeared on the scene after the ambush and a running battle commenced.

    Earlier that day the IRA had killed a local magistrate in the area.

    1980

    Iraq invaded Iran starting a war that would last eight years.

    1989

    The IRA bombed a Royal marine band in Kent, killing ten people.

    Died

    1914

    10502 Pte Michael Hennessey, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died of wounds on the Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1916

    6167 Pte Thomas Bacon from Tallow, Co. Waterford. He was killed in action on the Western Front, serving in 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was born in Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary.

    1918

    10445 Pte John Pender, 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt. Killed in action in Palestine. He was from Waterford.

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    Sept 23rd

    1586

    In Co. Mayo, the Battle of Ardnaree is fought. The Government forces of Sir Richard Bingham, governor of Connacht, took on the Burkes, who were represented by a large force of Scottish mercenaries. 2000 died and the leaders of the Burke Clan did the Tyburn Two-Step.

    1641

    In Ulster, the native Catholics rebelled and slaughtered their Protestant neighbours. No change there then.

    1798

    A bad day for Mayo. The Second Battle of Killala ends in the surrender of the combined French and Irish forces to the English.

    1803

    The Battle of Assaye was fought in India. Maj-Gen Arthur Wellsley conquered another bit of the sub-continent for the Empire and satisfactorily concluded the Mahratta War, just in time to go to Spain and thrash the damn French.

    1906

    Mary Edith Coleman died at Blackrock, Co. Dublin. As a member of the Red Cross she had cared for both French and German wounded in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Known as Mrs Alsager, she was decorated by Kaiser Wilhelm with the Order of the Iron Cross. Probably a unique decoration for an Irish lady.

    Died

    1943

    1511663 Sgt William Maher from Clonmel. He was KIA in Germany serving with 419 SQDN, RAF. He is interred in a communal grave in Rheinberg War Cemetery along with 3 of his comrades.
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    Sept 24th

    1661

    The splendidly-named Faithful Tadpole was admitted as a clerical vicar choral of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

    1725

    The patron saint of Irish drinkers, Arthur Guinness was born in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

    1786

    Charles Bianconi was born in Italy. He set up the first Irish passenger-car service between Clonmel and Cahir.

    1801

    Yet another two Irish MPs engaged in a duel James Moore O'Donell was killed by Major Denis Bingham.

    1880

    Co. Mayo landagent, Captain Charles Boycott, was sent to Coventry and thus gave his name to the English language.

    1914

    In Alsace-Lorraine the German Army captured St. Mihiel.

    1915

    Bulgaria mobilized troops on the Serbian border.

    Died

    1916

    40102 Pte Percy Hayden,10th Bn Scottish Rifles, from Waterford. Died of wounds on the Western Front.

    10061 Pte Patrick Walsh from Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny. Died of wounds on the Western Front serving in 1st Bn Irish Guards.

    1950
    Executed by the North Korean Army at Taejon Monastery, South Korea


    Fr Tom Cusack from Co. Clare.

    Fr Jack O’Brien from Co. Roscommon.

    1952

    PFC John White from Co. Kerry. A member of the 1st Marine Division he died while a Prisoner of the North Korean Army. His body was never recovered.
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    Sept 25th

    1066

    The Battle of Stamford Bridge was fought. No it wasn’t the Millwall V Chelsea supporters. It was a battle between King Harold Godwinson’s Saxons and King Harold Hardrada’s Vikings in Yorkshire. Tostig, brother of Harold Godwinson, fought with the Vikings and was killed along with Hardrada. Hardly had the Saxons broken open a celebratory cask of mead when news came that a little known chap named William had landed in Pevensey Bay with a bunch of Normans. Harold set off to give the bastard a clip in the ear.

    1857

    At the relief of Lucknow, during the Indian Mutiny two men with Irish connections earned the VC.

    Assistant Surgeon Valentine McMaster brought in and attended to the wounded under enemy fire. He died in Belfast in 1872.

    On 25 September 1857 at Lucknow, India, when the troops penetrated into the city, Captain William Olpherts from Co. Armagh of the Bengal Artillery, charged on horseback with the 90th Regiment when they captured two guns in the face of very heavy fire . He later returned, again under heavy fire with horses to tow away the captured guns.


    1915

    The Big Push began in France. Six British Divisions attacked the Germans at Loos in a battle that would last until Oct 19th. It was a big push by comparison with previous efforts but miniscule in comparison with the Somme and Paschendaele. A famous Irish participant was Patrick McGill who served with the London Irish. He wrote a novel called “The Big Push”, part of it, as he waited to advance from his trench against the Germans. He also wrote this poem about the battle called;

    In the Morning

    The firefly haunts were lighted yet,
    As we scaled the top of the parapet;
    But the east grew pale to another fire,
    As our bayonets gleamed by the foeman’s wire;
    And the sky was tinged with gold and grey,
    And under our feet the dead men lay,
    Stiff by the loop-holed barricade;
    Food of the bomb and the hand-grenade;
    Still the slushy pool and mud -
    Ah, the path we came was a path of blood,
    When we went to Loos in the morning.

    A little grey church at the foot of a hill,
    With powdered glass on the window-sill -
    The shell-scarred stone and the broken tile,
    Littered the chancel, nave and aisle -
    Broken the altar and smashed the pyx,
    And the rubble covered the crucifix;
    This we saw when the charge was done,
    And the gas-clouds paled in the rising sun,
    As we entered Loos in the morning.

    The dead men lay on the shell-scarred plain,
    Where Death and the Autumn held their reign -
    Like banded ghosts in the heavens grey
    The smoke of the powder paled away;
    Where riven and rent the spinney trees
    Shivered and shook in the sullen breeze,
    And there, where the trench through the graveyard wound
    The dead men’s bones stuck over the ground
    By the road to Loos in the morning.

    The turret towers that stood in the air,
    Sheltered a foeman sniper there -
    They found, who fell to the sniper’s aim,
    A field of death on the field of fame;
    And stiff in khaki the boys were laid
    To the sniper’s toll at the barricade,
    But the quick went clattering through the town,
    Shot at the sniper and brought him down,
    As we entered Loos in the morning.

    The dead men lay on the cellar stair,
    Toll of the bomb that found them there.
    In the street men fell as a bullock drops,
    Sniped from the fringe of the Hulluch copse.
    And the choking fumes of the deadly shell
    Curtained the place where our comrades fell.
    This we saw when the charge was done
    And the east blushed red to the rising sun
    In the town of Loos in the morning.


    During the battle Pte Henry Kenny, 1st Bn The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, earned a VC when he went out on six occasions under very heavy fire to rescue wounded men. He was wounded himself bringing in the last wounded soldier. Henry was born in London to Limerick parents.

    1918

    Brazil declared war on Austria.

    1961

    Ronnie Whelan was born in Dublin. He played for Home Farm, Liverpool, Reading and the Republic of Ireland. He scored spectacularly against the USSR in Hanover during Euro88.

    1983

    19 IRA prisoners escaped from the Maze prison.

    1982

    Comdt Michael Lynch was awarded a MMG for an act of bravery whilst serving in Lebanon.

    Died

    1914

    Killed in action on the Western Front serving in 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt.

    10007 Pte Thomas Colbert. Aglish, Co. Waterford.

    6172 Pte Michael Quinn. Waterford.

    1915

    19555 Pte Patrick Hayes, 2nd Bn South Wales Borderers. He died in Gallipoli. From Waterford.

    943 Pte John Markley, from Dungarvan. Co. Waterford. He was killed in action on The Western Front serving in 10th Bn Highland Light Infantry.

    5197 L/Cpl James Parker,2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles He was killed in action on the Western Front. He was a native of Templemichael, Co. Waterford.

    The 2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles also lost a pair of brothers killed on this day. 2/Lt Kenneth Ross, age 25, and 2/Lt Melbourne Ross, age 30. They were from Cultra, Co. Down, the sons of George and Henrietta Ross. Both of them are commemorated on the Menin Gate.

    1916

    747 L/Sgt Maurice Boland, 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. He died on the Western Front. From Cappoquin, Co Waterford.

    25280 2nd Cpl Thomas McCarthy MM, Royal Engineers. Killed in action on the Western Front. He is buried in the Guards Cemetery, Lesbouefs, Somme, Framce. He was from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    1917

    Thomas Ashe died on hunger strike. He was in the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

    1982

    Comdt Michael Nestor. Killed whilst serving with UNTSO in Lebanon.
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    Sept 26th

    1820

    Daniel Boone died in Defiance, Missouri at age 85.

    1857

    At the relief of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny the Irish team went on a VC-fest.

    Assistant Surgeon William Bradshaw, 90th Regiment was ordered to remove the wounded men left behind when the troops forced their way into the Residency. The surgeon managed to get some bearers together and Assistant Surgeon Bradshaw, with about 20 dhoolies, after becoming separated from the rest of the party, succeeded in reaching the Residency in safety. William was from Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

    A 24-pounder gun which had been used against the enemy on the previous day was left in an exposed position under heavy fire from the mutineers. Private Thomas Duffy, 1st Madras Fusiliers, fastened a rope to the gun so that it could be pulled away and was saved from falling into the hands of the enemy. Tom was from Co. Westmeath.

    Elsewhere a party of men was shut up and besieged in a house Pte Peter McManus of the 5th Foot stayed outside the house until he himself was wounded, and under cover of a pillar kept firing on the sepoys and prevented their rushing the house. He also, helped by Pte John Ryan, dashed into the street and took a wounded captain out of a dhooly and carried him into the house in spite of heavy fire in which the captain was again wounded.In addition to this Pte Ryan devoted himself during the day to rescuing the wounded in the neighbourhood from being massacred.
    Neither man survived the mutiny. Pte McManus was KIA at Allahabad on the 27th April 1859 and Ryan at Cawnpore 4th March 1858.

    1916

    At Thiepval, France, part of the line was held up by machine-gun fire and all the officers had become casualties. There was confusion and indication of retirement. Pte Frederick Edwards, 12th Bn., The Middlesex Regiment from Queenstown, Co. Cork, grasping the situation and on his own initiative, dashed out towards the gun, which he knocked out with his bombs. This very gallant act, coupled with great presence of mind and disregard of personal danger, made further advance possible and cleared up a dangerous situation.

    1918

    The Battle of the Argonne started.

    Died

    1916

    8459 Pte William Gough, 1st Bn Irish Guards. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    3326 Sgt John Myers, 11th Bn Manchester Regt. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was the son of Jeremiah and Catherine Myers, 18 Thomas St, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    11589 L/Cpl William Walshe, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Carrickbeg, Co. Tipperary.

    1917

    14308 Pte James Molloy Tramore, Co.Waterford. Killed in action Western Front 1st Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers.

    Two Waterford City men also died on the Western Front on this day

    27508 Pte Jeremiah Nevin, 10th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

    150820 Gunner Frederick Smith, Royal Field Artillery.

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    1858

    At Kuthirga, India, Ensign Patrick Roddy, of the Kupperthula Contingent, Bengal Army earned a VC in hand to hand combat with a mutineer. Pat was from Co. Roscommon.

    1903

    Victor Beamish was born in Dunmanway, Co. Cork. He was a Group Captain in the RAF during WW2 and fought in the Battle of Britain.

    1915

    The Guards Division entered Loos and captured Hill 70. Amongst the casualties was Lt John Kipling, the 18 year old son of the poet, Rudyard Kipling. John was given a commission in the Irish Guards due to his father's friendship with Lord Roberts, even though he had no Irish connections at all. He was posted missing presumed killed on this day. In 1917 the remains of an Irish Guards Lieutenant were recovered from the old No Mans Land and buried, unidentified in St Mary's ADS Cemetery, Haisnes. The find was recorded at the wrong map reference, causing much confusion since the Guards had been in action five miles from that area. The mistake was spotted and rectified in the 30s and, since Lt Kipling was the only unaccounted-for Officer of the Irish Guards at that place the headstone in St Mary's ADS Cemetery was changed from An Unknown Lt of the Irish Guards to a named headstone.

    1941

    IRA man, George Plant from Fethard, Co. Tipperary, shot dead Michael Devereaux from Co. Wexford, near Grangemockler, Co. Tipperary. Devereaux was suspected of being an informer. Plant was eventually convicted and executed for the crime.

    Died

    1915

    12459 Pte Albert Douch, 7th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action, Gallipoli.

    7258 Pte Michael Sutton, 2nd Bn Irish Guards. Killed in action on the Western Front.

    Both from Waterford.

    1916

    52432 Gunner Edward Cavanagh, Royal Field Artillery. Died in Mesopotamia. He was from Waterford.

    Two men from Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford who died today

    8504 Pte Michael O'Connor, 3rd Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died at home.

    10035 Pte John Power, 1st Bn Irish Guards. Died of wounds on the Western Front.

    1917

    Major Sidney Toppin, 151st Heavy Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died on the Western Front and is buried in Ljissenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Sidney Toppin was borne in Clonmel, the son of Major-General James Toppin who must have been serving in the Artillery Barracks there at the time.

    235684 Pte James Humphries, 2nd Bn, Royal Scots. Died of wounds on the Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1918

    11431 Pte Michael Gough, 1st Bn Irish Guards. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Carrigerea, Co. Waterford.

    6739 Pte David Prendergast, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Dungarvan.
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    1066

    William the Conqueror invaded England to stake his claim the throne of England.

    1690

    John Churchill took Cork for King William.

    1785

    Napoleon Bonaparte graduated from the military academy in Paris at the age of 16. He finished 42 in a class of 51, so he was obviously not going very far.

    1857

    At Bolandshahr, during the Indian Mutiny, the Irish contribution scored well once more on the VC tables;

    Sgt Bernard Diamond and Gnr Richard Fitzgerald were both awarded a VC when they continued to work their gun under heavy fire and when the rest of the crew had been killed or wounded. Both men were in the Bengal Artillery.

    In the 9th Lancers at the same time and place Pte Patrick Donoghue, earned a VC when he rescued a wounded officer from a large contingent of enemy cavalry. Pte Donoghue was from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

    1915

    The Battle of Kut-el-Amara in Mesopotamia ends in victory for the British.

    1920

    The IRA captured the military barracks in Mallow, Co. Cork.

    1944

    The Battle of Arnhem ended in defeat for the British airborne division in Holland. Nobody has told the Paras yet though.

    1998

    200 years of military history come to an end in Fermoy and Ballincollig as the barracks are evacuated.

    2001

    Martin O’Hagan, a journalist, was killed in a shooting in Lurgan, Co. Armagh

    Died

    1915

    S4871 Pte Timothy Barron, 9th Bn The Black Watch. Died of Wounds on the Western Front. He was from Tallow, Co.Waterford.

    1917

    2709 L/Cpl James Quann, 16th Bn Manchester Regt. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1963

    Comdt Thomas McMahon died in the Congo.
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    Sept 29th

    1758

    Horatio Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk.

    1902

    William McGonagall died in Edinburgh. He is renowned as the worst poet of all time. One of his poetic gems, is reproduced below.

    [i]The Hero of Rorke's Drift

    Twas at the camp of Rorke's Drift, and at tea-time,
    And busily engaged in culinary operations was a private of the line;
    But suddenly he paused, for he heard a clattering din,
    When instantly two men on horseback drew rein beside him.

    "News from the front!" said one, "Awful news!" said the other,
    "Of which, we are afraid, will put us to great bother,
    For the black Zulus are coming, and for our blood doth thirst,"
    "And the force is cut up to pieces!" shouted the first.

    "We're dead beat," said both, "but we've got to go on,"
    And on they rode both, looking very woebegone;
    Then Henry Hook put all thought of cooking out of his mind,
    For he was surrounded with danger on every side he did find.

    He was a private of the South Wales Borderers, Henry Hook,
    Also a brave soldier, and an hospital cook;
    A soldier of the Queen, who was always ready to obey,
    And willing to serve God by night and day.

    Then away to the Camp he ran, with his mind all in a shiver,
    Shouting, "The force is cut up, sir, on the other side of the river!"
    Which caused the officer in command with fear to quiver,
    When Henry Hook the news to him did deliver.

    Then Henry Hook saluted, and immediately retired,
    And with courage undaunted his soul was fired,
    And the cry rang out wildly, "The Zulus are coming!"
    Then the alarm drums were instantly set a-drumming.

    Then "Fall in! Fall in!" the commanders did cry,
    And the men mustered out, ready to do and to die,
    As British soldiers are always ready to do,
    But, alas, on this occasion their numbers were but few.

    They were only eighty in number, that brave British band,
    And brave Lieutenant Broomhead did them command;
    He gave orders to erect barricades without delay,
    "It's the only plan I can see, men, to drive four thousand savages away."

    Then the mealie bags and biscuit boxes were brought out,
    And the breastwork was made quickly without fear or doubt,
    And barely was it finished when some one cried in dismay,
    "There's the Zulus coming just about twelve hundred yards away."

    Methinks I see the noble hero, Henry Hook,
    Because like a destroying angel he did look,
    As he stood at the hospital entrance defending the patients there,
    Bayoneting the Zulus, while their cries rent the air,
    As they strove hard the hospital to enter in,
    But he murdered them in scores, and thought it no sin.

    In one of the hospital rooms was stationed Henry Hook,
    And every inch a hero he did look,
    Standing at his loophole he watched the Zulus come,
    All shouting, and yelling, and at a quick run.

    On they came, a countless host of savages with a rush,
    But the gallant little band soon did their courage crush,
    But the cool man Henry Hook at his post began to fire,
    And in a short time those maddened brutes were forced to retire.

    Still on came the savages into the barricade,
    And still they were driven back, but undismayed.
    Again they came into the barricade, yet they were driven back,
    While darkness fell swift across the sun, dismal and black.

    Then into the hospital the savages forced their way,
    And in a moment they set fire to it without dismay,
    Then Henry Hook flew to assist the patients in the ward,
    And the fighting there was fearful and hard.

    With yell and shriek the Zulus rushed to the attack,
    But for the sixth time they were driven back
    By the brave British band, and Henry Hook,
    Who was a brave soldier, surgeon, and hospital cook.

    And when Lord Chelmsford heard of the victory that day,
    He sent for Henry Hook without delay,
    And they took the private before the commander,
    And with his braces down, and without his coat, in battle array grandeur.

    Then Lord Chelmsford said, "Henry Hook, give me your hand,
    For your conduct to day has been hereoic and grand,
    And without your assistance to-day we'd been at a loss,
    And for your heroic behaviour you shall receive the Victoria Cross."


    Died

    1918

    Two Clonmel men died on the Western Front today.

    Lt Francis Langhorne. 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. He was Killed in action and was buried in Bourlon Wood Cemetery, France.

    76949 Gnr William Ryan, Royal Artillery. He is commemorated on the Vis en Artois Memorial.

    1920

    Two RIC Constables killed by the IRA at Killoskehane, Co. Tipperary


    64194 Con Terence Flood. Born Drumsna, Co. Leitrim.

    70978 Con Edward Noonan. Born Co. Galway 23/4/1894.

    1992

    Cpl Peter Ward was killed by the Hizballah near Al Jurn, Lebanon. He was the car commander of a Sisu APC, going to assist the Irish Checkpoint in Al Jurn which was under attack from Hizballah. The same group opened fire on the APC and Cpl Ward was shot dead.
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    1888

    “Jack the Ripper" killed Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes.

    1938

    At Munich the Sudetenland was ceded from Czechoslovakia to Germany by France and Britain.

    1969

    Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were freed from Spandau prison after serving twenty years.

    Died

    1915

    Killed in action on the Western Front serving with 2nd Bn Irish Guards.


    6842 Pte Peter Larkin from Waterford.

    6820 Pte Edward Lenihan from Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

    1916

    11978 L/Cpl James Sealy, 1st Bn Royal Scots. Killed in action in Salonica. He was from Waterford.

    1968

    Cpl Philip Bancroft from Belfast was KIA in Vietnam serving with the USMC.
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    Sept 30th

    Other things that happened on that date....
    1788
    Lord Raglan was born.
    He was the army Field Marshall responsible for the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclave

    1938
    Neville Chamberlain arrived home to london with a piece of paper that brought Peace to Europe. Hitler disagreed though,and invaded Poland less than a year later,after which Neville resigned,and later died.

    1994
    Boris Yeltsin arrived in Shannon,and Albert Reynolds waited on the tarmac to meet him. However,Boris had other ideas,and didnt leave the safety of the aircraft. His aides explained he had been advised not to get off the plane because of his blood pressure.
    I Imagine Alberts blood pressure wasnt too good either,as he gave up waiting an hour later..

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