Museum’s Bid to Find War Hero

The Star, Thursday, November 13, 2008

A museum is trying to track down the family of a World War I soldier whose Victory Medal was found buried in the grounds of Clarecastle church, Co. Clare. The memento, awarded posthumously to an army private in the South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Battalion, was handed in to Clare Museum after a public appeal for artefacts.

It has been traced to a serviceman called Patrick King, originally from Turnpike, Ennis, Co. Clare, who died during battle in France on February 2, 1915.

John Rattigan, museum curator, said the museum have failed to trace any relatives of the fallen soldier. “According to the 1901 Census, Patrick King was a 17-year-old farm-hand working close to Kildysart in Co. Clare”. Mr. Rattigan said records indicate Mr. King was 32 when he was killed.

The medal has been placed on display marking the war’s 90th anniversary.

Mr. King would have been one of the 350,000 Irish volunteers in the Great War from 1914 to 1918.

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