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Limerick Heroes in the Trenches

In a remarkable display of valour and commitment, a contingent of Limerick’s finest gentlemen has been reported serving at the front lines, their names a testament to the region’s storied contribution to the ongoing conflict. Among those listed are Lieutenant-General Kiggel and Colonels Bunbury, S. Hamilton, and O’Donnell, with the latter also holding a distinguished position in the Royal Army Medical Corps (R.A.M.C.).

The list further includes Lieutenant-Colonel Franks, alongside Major K. Gabbett, who has been reported wounded in action, showcasing the stark realities faced by our forces in the field. Notably, Major Gabbett served with the Welsh Fusiliers, a unit known for its bravery and resilience under fire.

Captains M. Furnell, G. Furnell, and C. Furnell have been identified among those serving in the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A.), illustrating the diverse branches of the military where Limerick’s sons find themselves. Moreover, Captain Howley, Norfolk Regiment, engagement with the regiment underscores the widespread involvement of local officers across various units, including the prestigious Life Guards and the Royal Army Medical Corps, where Captain S. O’Grady serves.

The narrative of courage extends to Captain Guillamore, representing the Irish Horse in distant lands like East Africa and Egypt, marking the global footprint of Limerick’s military participation. Additionally, Captain H. Ryan’s affiliation with the Lancers Regiment and Captain J. Waller, who has also been wounded, further highlights the sacrifices made by these individuals.

The Dublin Fusiliers, a unit with a storied history, sees representation from Captain K. Massy Westropp and Captain Stacpoole, Lyons, adding to the distinguished list of officers engaged in the theatre of war. The Hussars, known for their daring cavalry charges, count among their ranks Lieutenant K. Rainey and Lieutenant G. Bannatyne, with the latter serving in the 11th Hussars.

The list continues with Lieutenants Gerald Harry of the Army Veterinary Corps, J. Delmege of the Dragoon Guards, and H. Place of the Army Air Corps, showcasing the variety of roles undertaken by Limerick’s military men. The Royal Irish Fusiliers, a regiment with deep connections to the area, is served by Lieutenants R. Power and J. Massy Westropp, further cementing the local contribution to the war effort.

Tragically, the ultimate sacrifice has been made by Captain A. U. M. O’Brien and Lieutenant G. Gore, both killed in action, their names forever etched in the annals of heroism and service to their country.

This distinguished roll call of Limerick’s servicemen at the front serves as a poignant reminder of the bravery, dedication, and sacrifice of those from the region who have answered the call to arms. Their contributions across various theatres of war, from the trenches of Europe to the deserts of Africa, underscore the global impact of this conflict and the personal costs borne by communities back home. As the nation continues to grapple with the realities of war, the stories of these officers, from their gallantry in the face of adversity to the ultimate sacrifices made by some, remain a source of both pride and solemn reflection for the people of Limerick.

Dublin Daily Express – Tuesday 12 January 1915