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Tragic Loss of Second-Lieutenant C. H. C. Vance Reverberates in Limerick

The sombre news of the death of Second Lieutenant C. H. C. Vance, as published in the casualty list from General Headquarters on the 10th inst., has cast a pall of sorrow over Ardagh, Co. Limerick. This community, where his father, Reverend Chancellor Vance, M.A., serves as Rector, mourns the loss of the gallant young officer, aged 21, who met his end in action near Ypres.

Second Lieutenant Vance’s journey to the front lines began with his voluntary enlistment from the Campbell College Training Corps, subsequently joining the Ist Battalion Regiment, as officially gazetted on the 10th of August last year. His swift deployment to the theatre of war reflected his dedication and readiness to serve his country.

The Vance family’s connection to the military service runs deep, with another son of Chancellor Vance enlisting from the Trinity College Training Corps just last September. As the conflict rages on, the family’s sacrifice is compounded by the knowledge that one of their own continues to brave the perils of the fighting lines.

In response to this heartbreaking news, the Select Vestry of St. Mary’s Cathedral convened yesterday, offering unanimous expressions of sympathy and condolence to Chancellor Vance and his family. The motion, led by the Chairman Reverend [Name], underscores the profound sense of loss felt not only within the Vance household but also within the wider community of Ardagh.

The passing of Second Lieutenant Vance serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by countless young men who have answered the call of duty during this time of conflict. His bravery and commitment to the cause will be remembered with reverence, and his name shall forever be etched into the annals of Limerick’s history.

As the war continues to exact its toll on communities across the nation, the loss of Second Lieutenant Vance reverberates as a poignant reminder of the human cost of conflict. Yet, amidst the grief, there remains a steadfast resolve to honour his memory and the sacrifices of all who have given their lives in service to their country.

The Vance family, along with the people of Ardagh and beyond, mourn the untimely passing of a beloved son, brother, and comrade. In this time of sorrow, they find solace in the outpouring of support and solidarity from their fellow countrymen, as they come together to honour the memory of a true hero.

Dublin Daily Express – Wednesday 17 March 1915

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