Fallen Soldier’s Medal is Claimed

Irish Independent, Friday, 14 November, 2008

The granddaughter of a fallen World War I soldier has claimed a medal which was found in the grounds of a church. The King George V Victory Medal was discovered three years ago on the grounds of Clarecastle Church in Co. Clare by local man Alan Barnes.

Despite discovering that Private Patrick King, whose name appeared on the medal, was originally from Ennis and that he died of wounds in France on February 2, 1915, the taxi driver was unable to trace the serviceman’s family.

Mr. Barnes gave the medal to the Clare Museum in Ennis where it was put on display on Wednesday in the hope that Pvt King’s family would come forward. And within hours, his grand-daughter, Frances Morrissey, made contact. “I remember hearing growing up that my grandmother got a telegraph in 1915 to say he had been killed in battle in France,” she said.

He died at the age of 27 and was buried in France.

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