Stoker Hugh Byrne

Royal Naval Reserve, from Dublin

Killed In Action on board H.M.S. “Indefatigable.” 31st May 1916

At the Battle of Jutland

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Around 4:00pm, on Wednesday afternoon, May 31st, Indefatigable was hit around the rear turret by two or three shells from the German battlecruiser Von Der Tann. She fell out of formation to starboard and started sinking towards the stern and listing to port. Her magazines exploded at 4:03 after more hits, one on the forecastle and another on the forward turret. Smoke and flames gushed from the forward part of the ship and large pieces were thrown 200 feet (61.0 m) into the air.

Of her crew of 1,019, only two survived. Hugh Byrne’s body was never recovered. He is remembered with honour on the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Hugh left behind a widow, Isabella, of 27 Fishamble Street, Dublin

Portsmouth Naval Memorial Photo from www.rutlandremembers.org
Portsmouth Naval Memorial
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HMS INDEFATIGABLE Photo from www.militarian.com
HMS INDEFATIGABLE
Photo from http://www.militarian.com

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

George S.Patton

 

 

 

 

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Sergeant John ‘Jack’ Moyney VC

A little side theme of mine is collecting autographs to holders of the Victoria Cross (VC). The Victoria Cross can be best described as;

The highest military decoration awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy” to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories.

Photo taken from solarnavigator.net
The Victoria Cross Photo taken from solarnavigator.net

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The Citation for John’s action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross reads as follows;

“On 12/13 September 1917 north of Broenbeek, Belgium, Lance-Sergeant Moyney was in command of 15 men forming two advanced posts. Surrounded by the enemy he held his post for 96 hours, having no water and very little food. On the fifth day, on the enemy advancing to dislodge him, he attacked them with bombs, while also using his Lewis gun with great effect. Finding himself surrounded, he led his men in a charge through the enemy and reached a stream, where he and a private (Thomas Woodcock) covered his party while they crossed unscathed, before crossing themselves under a shower of bullets.”

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John Moyney VC aged 22 Photo from wikimedia.org

John Moyney was born in Rathdowney, County Laois, Ireland. He was 22 years old, and a lance-sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards, British Army during the First World War when he was awarded the VC.

In 1920, he joined the Great Southern Railway as a porter at Roscrea. As his family grew to six children, he was plagued by money worries.

However despite everything, he maintained a close association with his old regiment. During the Second World War, his only son was among many Southern Irishmen who enlisted in the Irish Guards. He served in North Africa and was taken prisoner in Italy.

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In Later Life
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Jack Moyney retired as head porter at Roscrea station after forty years on the railways. He was a devout Catholic who raised thousand of pounds to help poor boys study for the priesthood.

Described in old age as a ‘fit,bright-eyed man’, he was a familiar figure in Roscrea, cycling each week to the local post office to collect his pension well into his 80s. The last surviving Irish VC winner of the First World War, he passed away on 10 November 1980. aged 85. His most valuable possessions, his hard won row of medals, were bequeathed to the Irish Guards.

Jack Moyney's Medals Photo fromwww.victoriacrossonline.co.uk/
Jack Moyney’s Medals
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Shortly before his death, in a typically candid interview, he recounted his harrowing experiences on the Western Front. His abiding memory was of Passchendaele – ‘an awful joint altogether’

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At Rest

Lance Corporal Henry Textor

2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

Killed in Action 10th November 1917, aged 29 from Drumcondra,  DublintextorIMG

“Lest We Forget”

Lance Corporal Christopher Doran

Lance Corporal Christopher Doran

2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Wounded St Julien, Loos, April 1915

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“We were very surprised to seem them walking. We had never seen that before. The officers went in front. I noticed one of them walking calmly, carrying a walking stick. When we started firing we just had to load and reload. They went down in their hundreds. You didn’t have to aim. We just fired into them.”

 German soldier in his diary, after the Battle of Loos, September 1915

Loos September 1915 Photo from http://40.media.tumblr.com
Loos September 1915
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Private Christopher Connolly

9th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 11 August 1915, in Galipolli, aged 29 from Dublin

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them”

Laurence Binyon

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Storming the crest at Sari Bair, Gallipoli August 1915. http://www.bharat-rakshak.com

“A SOLDIER OF RABAUL
GALLIPOLI & FRANCE
HIS DUTY DONE”

Rifleman Edward Collins

2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

aged 22, from Dublin

taken Prisoner of War 26th August 1914,

At Caudry, Nr Le Cateau

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Photo from http://www.pinterest.com

Sergeant Henry Peter Brennan

7th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 30/04/1916 (Easter Week)

 

From Dublin, Aged 24, Died from gas poisoning at Hulluch April 1916

 

Gas Attack! Hulluch April 1916 Photo taken from the irishpost.co.uk

“Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends”

At Peace LE TREPORT MILITARY CEMETERY, Dieppe,France
At Peace
LE TREPORT MILITARY CEMETERY, Dieppe,France