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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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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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.........
                    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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                    • #11
                      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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                      • #12
                        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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                        • #13
                          My ouldfella is from Inchageela....lots of learys there...


                          Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                          • #14
                            Wonder has he any relatives still alive.
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                            • #15
                              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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