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    Most UNIFIL confrontations were stand offs. Occasionally they flared up into exchanges of gunfire. At-Tiri has been covered in another thread. But in short it was probably the most serious confrontation in UNIFIL's history. Apart from exchanges of SA fire, UNIFIL also fired 90mm from the Panhards and destroyed at least one SLA vehicle. Dutchbatt fired TOW missiles but as warning shots only, I think. Irishbatt suffered one fatality directly-Pte Griffin died of his wounds on 16th April. A Fijian soldier was KIA also. Several SLA men died and two Irish soldiers were killed in revenge the following week. Three Irish soldiers were abducted and threatened with execution at the time also. And there were daily bombardments of Irishbatt positions by SLA artillery. They even wrote a song about it called Christian Shells :D All in all it was almost as bad as a Saturday night in Limerick.

    just to stop the sla from moving into a village.

    The UNIFIL zone officially extended right to the Israeli border. So the Enclave or the Israeli Controlled Area occupied part of the UN Zone. At Tiri was inside the ICA and SLA transport had to pass through the Irishbatt Checkpoint there. The confrontation was caused by the issue who had primacy- the UN or the SLA. The conflict with Haddad's men was exacerbated by Brian Lenihan who was Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs at the time. On a visit to the Middle East (Bahrain I think) he made a speech where he recognised the PLO as representing the Palestinian people. Since Irishbatt was engaged in preventing PLO incursions into Israel at the time this stupid statement undermined Irish neutrality in Lebanon and ultimately killed Irish troops.
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    April 9th

    1865

    General Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, ending the American Civil War.

    1900

    Battle of Kroonstadt in the Second Boer War.

    1940

    The Germans invaded Denmark and Norway. The Phoney War was over.

    Died

    1920

    Killed in Newport Co. Tipperary


    69209 Constable William Finn, RIC. From Co. Roscommon.
    67704 Constable Daniel McCarthy, RIC. From Co. Kerry.
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    April 10

    1855

    At Sebastopol, in the Crimea, Boatswain's Mate John Sullivan from Bantry, Co. Cork, won a Victoria Cross when, as captain of one of the guns at Greenhill Battery, he volunteered to place a flagstaff on a mound to act as an aiming point. He carried out this dangerous task undeterred by continuous fire from enemy sharpshooters, and his action enabled the battery to open fire on hitherto concealed enemy guns which were doing great damage to some of the advanced works.

    1867

    George William Russell, who wrote as A E was born.

    1912

    The Titanic sailed from Southampton bound for New York via Queenstown.

    1963

    129 men died when the nuclear powered USS Thresher sank 220 miles east of Boston.

    1981

    IRA hunger striker, Bobby Sands was elected to the House of Commons.

    1994

    NATO launched it’s first-ever attack on ground positions when two U.S. F-16 s bombed Bosnian Serb targets in Gorazde.

    1998

    The Good Friday Agreement was reached in Belfast.

    2003

    In Gaza City Islamic Jihad commander, Mahmoud Zatme, was killed by an Israeli missile strike.

    Died

    1918

    241953 L/Cpl Daniel Dineen from Co. Waterford was killed in action in Egypt with 2/5th Bn Hampshire Regt.

    R/358421 Pte John Power, Royal Army Services Corp. Died at home in Waterford.

    1923

    Gen Liam Lynch. He was Chief of Staff of the Republican forces in the Civil War. He was staying in a cottage near Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary when he and his comrades were forced to flee from a National Army search column. As they fled up the slopes of the Knockmealdown mountains they were fired upon and Lynch was wounded. His comrades were forced to abandon him and he was captured by the Regulars. He died in St Joseph’s Hospital Clonmel that evening and was buried in Kilcrumper Cemetery, near Fermoy. That spot where he fell is marked by a Round Tower.

    1942

    Aboard the S.S. Empire Prairie


    Assistant Cook Thomas FitzGerald. Aged 17, he was the son of David and Elizabeth Fitzgerald, of Dunnamaggin, Co. Kilkenny.

    Sailor Robert Rankin . He was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Rankin, of Drumcondra, Dublin and he died aged 21.

    The S.S. Empire Prairie was en route from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Table Bay, South Africa when she was torpedoed and sunk by U-654 with the loss of all 49 crew.

    Able Seaman Patrick Lucey of the S.S. Westdale died in Wales. He was from Kinsale, Co. Cork.
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    April 11th

    1941

    Over 900 people died when Belfast was bombed by the Luftwaffe.

    Died

    1915

    4697 Pte Joseph Aylward from Newtown, Co. Waterford. Died of wounds on the Western Front serving with 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt.

    1917

    2638 Pte Patrick Colbert from Killea, Co. Waterford was killed in action on the Western Front serving with 10th Bn Royal North Lancashire Regt.

    74997 Driver Timothy O'Donoghue from Clonmel died on the Western Front serving with the Royal Artillery.

    1918

    18724 Pte John Walsh MM from Aglish, Co. Waterford was killed in action on the Western Front serving with 1st Bn East Lancashire Regt.

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    April 12

    1879

    At Kam Dakka during the Second Afghan War, the interestingly named Captain O’Moore Creagh from Co. Clare of the Bombay Staff Corps, won a Victoria Cross by commanding 150 men in the defence of the village against 1500 Mohmand tribesmen. When the villagers joined in Creagh and his men retreated to the village cemetery where they held out until relieved.

    1915

    Pte Robert Morrow of the Royal Irish Fusiliers was awarded a VC for rescuing, under heavy fire, several men who had been buried in their trenches by the bombardment. Robert Morrow was killed in action at St Jan, Belgium two weeks later.


    1917

    At Bois en Hache , France, Cpl John Cunningham of the Leinster Regt was in charge of a machine gun section, which was attacked by a group of 20 Germans. Although he was wounded Cpl Cunningham led his section in repulsing the attack. When his Lewis ammo was gone they used hand grenades. Cpl Cunningham died of his wounds. He was later awarded a VC.


    1980

    Gun Battles continued in At Tiri, Lebanon as UN troops drove SLA from the village. Pte Sonanavalu of Fijibatt was killed in the fighting. Nearby at Blida 4 Irish soldiers were abducted from their post by SLA, who threatened to hang them in retaliation for the UN actions.

    Died

    1917

    Killed in Action on the Western Front with 2nd Bn The Leinster Regt


    5325 Pte Patrick Mahony. Son of Thomas and Honora Mahony, of Glenegad Rd., Clonmel.

    3524 Pte Pierce Power from Waterford City.

    1918

    Killed in Action on the Western Front


    11167 Pte William Callaghan, 2nd Bn Irish Guards. From Newtown, Co. Waterford.

    5948 Pte Daniel Lucas from Ferrybank, Waterford serving with 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt.

    1923

    Pte James Sage, National Army. From Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. KIA.
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    April 13th

    1829

    The Catholic Emancipation Act became Law.

    1868

    During the assault on Magdala in the Abbyssinia Expedition, the main attack on the city gate was halted by the defenders. A small group of men of the 33rd Foot climbed a cliff, forced their way over a wall and through a thorn fence attacking the defenders of the gateway. The first two men to enter Magdala were Drummer Michael Magner and Pte James Bergin, both from Ireland. They were each awarded the Victoria Cross

    Died

    1915

    4479 Pte William Hayden, 1st Bn Irish Guards. Died on the Western Front.

    1918

    Killed in Action on the Western Front


    10182 L/Cpl Owen Finlay, 2nd Bn Irish Guards. Born Carrickbeg, Co. Tipperary.

    R/256524 Sapper Edward Aylward 263rd Railway Coy, Royal Engineers. From Ballybricken, Waterford.
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    April 14

    1865

    John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre. Lincoln died the next day.

    1912

    The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank with the loss of 1500 passengers and crew.

    1922

    The IRA occupied the Four Courts in Dublin.

    1923

    Austin Stack was captured near Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford. He was splitting timber in a farmyard when surprised by Free State Army troops.

    1940

    British and French troops landed in Norway. The Irish Guards were among them.

    1999

    NATO planes mistakenly bombed a refugee convoy in Kosovo.

    Died

    1916

    673 Pte James Gleeson from Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary died in India serving with 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    1942

    Able Seaman James Fox aboard the S.S. Empire Amethyst. He was the husband of Nora Fox, Dublin.

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    April 15th

    1858

    Farrier Michael Murphy of the Military Train won a Victoria Cross for going to the assistance of the adjutant of the 3rd Sikh Cavalry who was wounded, dismounted and surrounded by the enemy. Accompanied by a Pte Morley, Murphy beat off the enemy and was himself wounded. Michael Murphy was from Cahir, Co. Tipperary and was one of only eight men (three of them Irish:D ) whose VC was taken off him. He was convicted of theft in 1872.

    1986

    The US bombed Libya.

    Died

    1916

    2776 Pte Patrick O'Mara died on the Western Front serving with 7th Bn The Leinster Regt. He was the son of Michael and Margaret O'Mara, of Merlin Lodge, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    Lt Thomas Broderick, 6th Bn Royal Irish Regt. KIA on the Western Front. He was from Fermoy Co. Cork.

    1923

    Capt James Ryan, National Army. From Drombane, Co. Tipperary. KIA.

    1940

    William O’Brien from Dublin serving with the Merchant Navy aboard the S.S. Stancliffe died and was buried in the Shetland Islands.

    2002

    Pte Peadar O’Flatharta accidentally shot in East Timor.
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    Pte Peadar O Flaitheartha accidentally shot in East Timor

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    1989

    96 Liverpool fans are crushed to death at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield trying to get into the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

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    April 16th

    1746

    Bonnie Prince Charlie's rebellion ended in Scotland with defeat at Culloden. Charles Stuart escaped but hundreds of his followers died in the battle and its aftermath.

    1800

    George Charles Bingham, British soldier, was born. He commanded the British Cavalry in the Crimea including the famous Light Brigade. He inherited the family title of Earl of Lucan and one of his descendants was the famous nanny-murdering Lord Lucan.

    1871

    John Millington Synge, dramatist and poet, author of The Playboy of the Western World, was born.

    1923

    Members of the National Army converged on the ruined castle at Castleblake, near Rosegreen, Co.
    Tipperary after receiving information that it was being used by the Republicans.The Free-State forces were led by Captain Quinlan and Lieutenant Patrick Kennedy, the latter being a native of Rosegreen and former member of 1st Battalion, Third Tipperary Brigade. After reaching the ruined castle, Lieutenant Kennedy called on the occupants to surrender. John Cleary, Third Tipperary Brigade Adjutant, surrendered. Lieutenant Kennedy then fired three shots through the door of a make shift shelter the Republicans had built in the ruins and then he began to break it down. A grenade was thrown from inside the shelter, Lieutenant Kennedy was badly wounded and was later to die from his wounds. After the explosion the Free-State troops moved in from all sides to clear the building. Captain Ned Somers, former Free-State Commanding Officer in Callan, left the building firing his revolver and was shot by the Free-State forces. Theo English, Brigade Intelligence Officer, Third Tipperary Brigade, was next to emerge and was also shot. He was a native of Tipperary town.


    1942

    Malta was awarded the George Cross

    1951

    The British submarine HMS Affray dived 30 miles south of the Isle of Wight at 2115 and never resurfaced. 75 men died in the disaster. When she failed to send a resurface signal at 0830 the following day a search was initiated but the wreck wasn't found until two months later, 45 miles south of Portland in 300ft of water. No recovery was possible but a Navy investigation concluded that the accident was caused by the snorkel tube breaking off or a battery explosion.

    1993 Bosnian Croats massacred 116 Muslims in the village of Ahmici. Six men went on trial in 1998 in the Hague on charges of war crimes. In 2000 Vladimir Santic, head of the Croat Jokers police unit, was sentenced to 25 years in prison; Drago Josipovic was sentenced to 15 years; Zoran and Mirjan Kupreskic were sentenced to 10 and 8 years, and Vlatko Kupreskic received 6 years. In 2001 the tribunal overturned the convictions, released 3 defendants and reduced the sentences of 2 others. In 2001 an indictment was opened against Pasko Ljubicic, a former Bosnian-Croat military police officer, for war crimes in Ahmici.

    1994

    Bosnian Serbs downed a British Sea Harrier jet near Gorazde; the pilot ejected and was rescued by Bosnian government troops.

    Died

    1923

    Killed in Action at Castleblake, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

    Lt Patrick Kennedy. National Army

    Volunteer Theo English. IRA.

    Volunteer Eamonn Somers. IRA.

    1980

    Pte Stephen Griffin died of the wound he sustained at At Tiri on April 7th.
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    April 17

    1492

    Christopher Columbus was commissioned by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain to seek a westward ocean passage to the Indies.

    1941

    British troops invaded Iraq.

    1961

    1500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs. They had not received the cancellation order the previous day and the invasion was unsupported by the US. The fiasco was played out over three days in which 200 rebels died and the rest, except for 23 men, captured.

    1969

    Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Senator Robert Kennedy.

    1970

    Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled the spacecraft.

    2002

    Two US F-16s accidentally bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. Four soldiers died and eight were injured.

    Died

    1915

    6400 Pte Christopher O'Brien, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt died on the Western Front. b. Irishtown, Clonmel.

    1916

    4499 Rifleman James O'Meara from Waterford city died of wounds, on the Western Front.

    5672 Pte William Edward McNeill from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, serving with 1st Bn The Connaught Rangers died in Mesopotamia. He is commemorated on the Basra Mmeorial Panels 40 and 64.

    1918

    28663 Pte Charles Spencer, 6th Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry from Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Died at Home.

    1945

    Chief Officer James Owens, Merchant Navy. Age 47 he was the husband of Mary Owens, of Baltray, Co. Louth and he is buried in Stanley Military Cemetery, Hong Kong.

    1967

    PFC Edward Howell from Dublin was KIA in Vietnam serving with 4th Inf Div US Army.

    1969

    Lt John Driver from Dublin was killed on his second tour of duty in Vietnam, serving with 101st Airborne Div.

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    Colour Sergent, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Also a Boar War Veteran.

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    I usually only post WW1 Casualties from Tipperary and Waterford because I live in the area. If I was to do it on a national basis it would be a huge task. Anybody else with similar contributions is free to post of course.

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    April 18

    1949

    The Irish Free State became the Irish Republic on Easter Monday. King George VI sent his good wishes.

    1980

    Three Irish soldiers serving with UNIFIL were taken at gunpoint from a multi contingent convoy near Bint Jubayl, Lebanon. Taken to a house in the village, Ptes Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett were murdered by a man named Mohammed Bazi of the SLA in revenge for the death of his brother at At Tiri the previous week. The third man Tpr John O’Mahony was wounded but managed to escape.

    1983

    The US Embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber. 62 people died.

    1996

    A Fijibatt base at Quana in Lebanon was shelled by Israel and 91 Lebanese civilianssheltering there were killed. Israel called the attack an "unfortunate mistake". A UN investigation concluded the base was deliberately targeted.

    Died

    1945

    Fireman John Collins, son of Richard and Mary Collins, Bandon, Co. Cork. He died aboard S.S. Empire Gold.

    1980

    Summarily executed in Lebanon by the SLA


    Pte Derek Smallhorne. UNIFIL
    Pte Thomas Barrett. UNIFIL
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    April 19

    1775

    The Battle of Lexington-Concord started the American Revolution in earnest. Paul Revere made his famous ride to warn the men of Lexington that the British were coming.

    1995

    A large car bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, and injuring 500.

    Died

    1923

    Volunteer Jim Egan IRA. KIA Dublin. From Co. Tipperary.

    1940

    580583 Sgt William Mullally, 107 Sqdn, RAF. Aged 21, he was the son of Michael and Margaret Mullally, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary. His name appears on the Runnymede Memorial.

    1943

    KIA in Tunisia. 6851179 Rifleman David Nolan 2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps. From Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. He was the husband of Eileen Nolan and he was 32 years old when he died.

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    1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising put down
    On this day in 1943, Waffen SS attacks Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto.

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    1889

    Adolf Hitler was born.

    1912

    Bram Stoker, Irish writer and inventor of Dracula, died. Actually he didn't invent Dracula, who was a real person in Transylvania-but he made him famous as the blood-sucking, immortal of legend.

    1915

    Lieutenant George Roupell from Co. Tipperary was in command of a company of the 1st Bn East Surrey Regt under heavy bombardment at Hill 60 in the Ypres Salient. Although wounded several times, he remained at his post and led his company in fighting off a strong German assault. In the evening he personally brought reinforcements from battalion headquarters, over ground swept by heavy fire. He held his company’s position until relieved next morning and was awarded the Victoria Cross. Lt Roupell survived the war, served in the Second World War and was promoted to Brigadier. He died in 1974, aged 82.

    1918

    S/4677 Sgt John Fitzgerald 11th Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. From Co. Waterford.
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    April 21

    1509

    Henry VIII became King of England following the death of Henry VII.

    1689

    William III (of Orange) and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.

    1836

    Victory in the Battle of San Jacinto meant that Texas won independence from Mexico and became a republic. Sam Houstonled the Texans against the Mexican army of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

    1916

    Sir Roger Casement landed from a German submarine at Banna Strand, Co. Kerry.

    1918

    The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen was killed in a dogfight over Amiens, as he pursued a Canadian pilot with jammed guns. Two miles behind Allied lines, Richthofen was mortally wounded when he was fired upon simultaneously by Australian ground troops. He was succeeded by Hermann Goering. Von Richtofen the highest-scoring German ace of World War I with 80 victories. He was 25 years old when he died.

    1941

    Greece surrendered to Nazi Germany.

    Died

    1916

    15130 Pte John Walsh 7th Bn Gloucestershire Regt. Killed in action, Mesopotamia. From Waterford City.

    1918

    10074 Pte John Madigan, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. KIA Western Front From Waterford City.

    Chaplain James Shine Army Chaplains Dept. Attached Middlesex Regt. Died of wounds, Western Front. From Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary.

    1923

    Capt Martin Hogan IRA. KIA Poulacapple, Co. Tipperary. From Dromineer.

    1943

    Third Radio Officer Michael Sheehan, son of Michael and Margaret Sheehan, Templeglantine, Co. Limerick. Died aboard the S.S. Ashantian. Age 18.

    1967

    PFC Maurice O’Callaghan from Dublin serving with the USMC in Vietnam. Killed in Action.
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    1889

    Adolf Hitler born.
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    Originally posted by combatlogo
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    1889

    Adolf Hitler born.
    Was it Irony,or luck that saw Soviet forces enter Berlin on his birthday in 1945? Happy Birthday Herr Furher....your finished!:D

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    April 22nd

    1855

    Private Joseph Bradshaw from Dromkeen, Co. Limerick serving in 2nd Bn The Rifle Brigade and another private on their own attacked and captured a Russian rifle pit situated among rocks overhanging the Woronzoff Road. The pit was occupied every night by the Russians and its destruction was of great importance.

    1870

    Still in Russia. Lenin was born, Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov.

    1903

    At Daratoleh in Somaliland (Somalia), Major John Gough from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary was awarded a Victoria Cross when he assisted, under fire, two other officers who were with a mortally wounded comrade. They managed to get him on a camel, but he was wounded again and died immediately. Brigadier General John Gough died of wounds on the Western Front on 22nd Feb 1915. His father and uncle were also VC recipients.

    1915

    The Germans initiated chemical warfare by using chlorine gas in the Ypres salient, signalling the start of the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

    1994

    Former US President, Richard Nixon, died, aged 81.

    Died

    1916

    3298 Pte William Phelan 7th Bn Leinster Regt. Died of wounds Western Front. From Waterford City.

    1917

    W/405 Sergeant John McKeown. From Waterford City. KIA Western Front serving in 16th Bn Cheshire Regt.

    3571 Gunner Edward Stapleton. From Waterford City. Died Western Front serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

    1943

    Patrick Maher, son of Thomas and Annie Maher of Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary. He was aged 22, a Bar Steward in the Merchant Navy when he was killed aboard MV America.
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    It was Good Friday and that means the Battle of Clontarf. King Brian Boru drove the Danes from Ireland and was killed at the moment of victory by Brodir.

    Actually the truth, as so often in Irish history, is not as simple as that. Brian’s enemy was the King of Leinster and Norsemen fought on both sides. The battle over, the survivors went about their lives and Ireland’s Norsemen contributed a fair bit to Irish heritage. If you live in Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Howth or Helvick, your homeplace has a Norse name. Even the name Ireland is what the Norsemen made of Eireann. And all those Fitzs, Joyces, Butlers, Burkes and Roches just made a few stops along the way before getting here :D.

    1564

    It's William Shakespeare's birthday and also his anniversary. He died on his 52nd birthday in 1616. Anybody who has played Trivial Pursuit will recall that he bequeated his wife, Ann, his second best bed.

    1661

    The Stuarts were back (temporarily). Charles II was crowned King after the Restoration of the Monarchy. Those who had beheaded his Father got short shrift and even poor old Oliver Cromwell was dug up and hung pour encourager les autres.

    Died

    1915


    3/3132 Pte John Smith from Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary. KIA Western Front with the 1st Bn Yorks & Lancs.

    1916

    6577 Pte William McGrath , 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. KIA Western Front. From Waterford City.

    1917

    26101 Bdr Edmond O'Brien, 11th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds on the Western Front Aged 34. He was the husband of Ellen O'Brien, Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary. His three brothers also served in the war and survived.


    1918

    CH/21243 Pte David O'Sullivan Royal Marine Light Infantry from Tallow, Co. Waterford. He is buried in a CWGC Cemetery in Flushing in the Netherlands. Presumably his body washed ashore on neutral Holland after the Zeebrugge raid.

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    William Joyce was born in New York to an English mother and an Irish father. The family moved to Mayo in 1909 and to England after the 1921 truce, Joyce’s father being a Unionist. In 1923 William joined the British Fascisti but left in 1925. In 1932 he joined Moseley’s British Union of Fascists and became its Director of Propaganda and Deputy Leader in 1934. In 1937 he had a falling out with Moseley and left the BUF to form the British National Socialist League. In 1939, facing internment for the duration of the war, Joyce fled to Germany, where he broadcast propaganda to Britain until the final days of the war. He was nicknamed Lord Haw-Haw because of his voice. His final broadcast was on 30 April 1945. He was captured near Flensburg after the war’s end and tried for treason. He was executed in Wandsworth Prison on January 3rd 1946, a few days after John Amery who had tried to form a Freikorps from British POWs to fight for Germany.

    1915

    CSM Frederick Hall of the 8th Manitoba Regt, Canadian Army earned a Victoria Cross at St Julian in the Ypres Salient. He made two attempts to rescue a wounded comrade under enemy fire but was killed at the second attempt. Fred Hall emigrated to Canada in 1910 and lived in Pine St, Winnipeg. Two other men from the same street alse earned a VC in WW1 and it was later renamed Valour Rd by the city . Incidentally this is the third Paddy the Canadians have claimed in a couple of months. : (

    1916

    It was Easter Monday. Approximately 2000 Irish Volunteers led by Padraig Pearse seized control of several points around Dublin city. Pearse read the Proclamation of Independence from the steps of the GPO in Sackville St and the Easter Rising commenced in Dublin. Initially the rebels had the upper hand since there were only about 500 troops in Dublin. But they were quickly reinforced and the rising suppressed within a week. Approx 450 government soldiers died and about 75 rebels. The rebel names are reproduced here or as many as I could find anyway since the exact dates of death are unknown.

    John Adams, Thomas Allen, William Burke, Andrew Byrne, James Byrne, Louis Byrne, Charles Carrigan, Philip Clarke, Sean Connolly, James Corcoran, Edward Costello, John Costello, John Crenigan, John Cromien, Charles Darcy, Brendan Donelan, Patrick Doyle, John Dwan, Edward Ennis, Patrick Farrell, James Fox, George Geoghegan, John Healy, Sean Howard, Sean Hurley, John Keely, Con Keating, Gerald Keogh, Francis Macken, Peader Macken, Michael Malone, Peter Manning, James McCormack, William McDowell, Charles Monaghan, Michael Mulvihill, Richard Murphy, Daniel Murray, Richard O’Carroll, Patrick O’Connor, Patrick O’Flanagan, John O’Grady, The O’Rahilly, John O’Reilly, Thomas O’Reilly, John Owens, James Quinn, Thomas Rafferty, George Reynolds, Fredrick Ryan, Domhnall Sheehan, Patrick Shortis, John Traynor, Edward Walsh, Philip Walshe, Thomas Weafer, Patrick Whelan, Peter Wilson, Richard Kent.


    1980

    Operation Eagle Claw met with disaster in Iran. Col Charles Beckwith’s Delta Force was supposed to rescue the 52 American hostages held by Iran since the overthrow of the Shah the previous November. The plan was to set up a refuelling area at a location codenamed Desert 1 to refuel Delta Force’s helicopters. The D Force men would then be flown to a location south east of Tehran and be trucked in to the city the following night for the hostage rescue. The choppers would take them and the hostages to an abandoned airfield near Tehran which was to be secured by Army Rangers, from which transport planes would evacuate everybody. At 2200 on the 24th Beckwith and his men were at Desert 1 when a bus load of Iranians turned up and had to be taken prisoner. They were quickly followed by a fuel truck which was destroyed and a pick up which escaped. The helicopters were late arriving due to a sandstorm and two had to be abandoned due to mechanical problems. At Desert 1 another chopper went down and Beckwith scrubbed the mission. As they took off to fly back to the USS Nimitz, a helicopter collided with a C-130 and crashed, killing 8 men.

    1982

    Britain suffered it’s first casualty of the Falklands War when a Sea King helicopter ditched in the sea. He was Petty Officer Kevin Casey from HMS Hermes. The heli pilot was rescued.

    1993

    A PIRA truck bomb at Bishopsgate devastated the financial district of London, killing one man, a News of the World journalist named Edward Henty and injuring 40.

    Died

    1915

    1st Bn Royal Irish Regt

    9487 PteThomas Connell. KIA Western Front. From Waterford City.

    9208 Pte John Flynn. KIA Western Front. From Tramore, Co. Waterford

    7199 Pte Thomas Leahy. KIA Western Front. From Killenaule, Co. Tipperary.

    2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt

    8385 L/Cpl Thomas Doheny. From Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    1916

    2/Lt James Howard Calvert, 6th Bn Royal Irish Rifles KIA Dublin. Buried at Seagoe Cemetery, Co. Armagh.

    Lieutenant Gerald Aloysius Neilan, 10th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. KIA at the Mendicity Institution on Usher Island, Dublin.Aged 34. Son of John Neilan, of Ballygalda, Roscommon. Buried at Glasnevin Cemetery, Co. Dublin.

    2/Lt F.R. O'Neill, Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

    2/Lt Guy Vickery Pinfield, 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars KIA Dublin. Aged 21. Buried in Dublin Castle grounds, later moved to Grangegorman Military Cemetery.

    Capt Alan L. Ramsay, 3rd Royal Irish Regiment. He was killed in the attack on the South Dublin Union, aged 26. Son of Daniel Ramsay, of Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin. Buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Co. Dublin.

    Captain Alfred Ernest Warmington, 6th Bn Royal Irish Regiment.He was killed in the attack on the South Dublin Union and was the son of Alfred Warmington, of Naas, Kildare. He was initially buried at King George V Military Hospital, Dublin and later moved to Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Co. Dublin.

    1917

    43103 Pte Patrick Croke 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died on the Western Front. From Killenaule, Co. Tipperary.

    1918

    Capt Learo Alymer Henry Hackett, 10th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Son of Edward A. and Emilie Elliott Hackett, of Castletown, Ballycumber, King's Co. Born Clonmel

    42300 Bdr Patrick Coady 255th Siege Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery Son of Mr. T. Coady, of 18 O'Neill St, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    13007 L/Cpl William Walsh 2nd Bn, Devonshire Regt. From Waterford City.

    M2/018649 Pte Arthur Warmington Royal Army Service Corps. From Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

    1940

    Able Seaman James O’Toole died aged 37 aboard the S.S. Rydal Force He was the husband of Kathleen O'Toole, Ballsbridge, Dublin. His brother John also died on service.

    1943

    6466329 Fusilier Thomas Wood, Royal Fusiliers. Son of Thomas and Josie Wood, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. KIA Tunisia.

    1945

    Able Seaman, Patrick Tyrrell, died aboard the S.S. Monmouth Coast. He was the husband of Julia Tyrrell, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
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