North Clare Soldiers in World War I

soldiers.jpg (15589 bytes) The Last Goodbye

Our picture shows 9143 Private Patrick Halloran, 1st Battalion, Connaught Rangers saying his last goodbye to his mother, Mary and sister, Bridget at Ennistymon Railway Station in late 1914 on his way to France to fight in World War I.  Patrick was mortally wounded and died at 11:13 a.m. on the morning of 29th April, 1915.  The commanding officer of the Lahore Division, General Keary, made special mention of the Connaught Rangers for the gallantry shown by them in the field of battle.  Patrick is buried in Hazebrouck communal cemetery in Northern France, (Plot 11, Row H, Grave 13).  The medals awards posthumously to Patrick include 1914 Star, 1914/15 Star, The British War Medal, The Victory Medal, The Silver War Badge.

(by Gus O'Halloran)
Ennistymon Parish Magazine 1998.