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Two Limerick Heroes Display Great Gallantry at the Dardanelles

In a harrowing account from the front lines of the Dardanelles, Lieutenant Frank Morrogh, of the Munster Fusiliers, son of the late Mr John Morrogh, MP.. for Cork County, has recounted a tale of immense bravery amidst the horrors of war. Dated 11th June, a letter penned by Lieutenant Morrogh vividly portrays the relentless shelling and dire conditions faced by the soldiers, with particular emphasis on an act of extraordinary courage by two men from Limerick.

The shelling endured by the troops is described as “simply awful,” with the enemy’s artillery inflicting devastating damage. Despite the chaos and carnage, Lieutenant Morrogh reserves his highest praise for Private Twomey and Corporal Slattery, both hailing from Limerick.

The scene unfolds on a raid-day, with the soldiers stationed in reserve dug-outs while the Dublin’s occupy trenches on a ridge approximately 600 yards away. The tranquillity is shattered when a transport wagon comes into view, only to be mercilessly targeted by Turkish shells. Amidst the dust and smoke, with shells raining down relentlessly, a miraculous sight unfolds as the wagon, though battered, remains intact, with its horses desperately trying to break free.

It is at this moment of peril that the valiant actions of Twomey and Slattery come to the fore. Private Twomey, displaying unparalleled bravery, dashes from his dug-out across treacherous terrain to aid the imperilled horses. Ignoring the mortal danger, he reaches the wagon, clinging to the horses’ heads as another shell strikes, leaving him dazed and wounded.

As hope seems dim, Corporal Slattery emerges, displaying remarkable courage akin to his comrade. With steady determination, he races towards the wagon, his every move watched intently by fellow soldiers. Despite the imminent danger, Slattery reaches the wagon, rescuing Twomey and the horses from the inferno of battle.

The daring rescue earns Twomey and Slattery widespread admiration and acclaim. Their names are promptly forwarded to the Commander-in-Chief for recognition of their heroic deeds. Corporal Slattery, already known for his bravery prior to this incident, is recommended for a commendation, testament to his unwavering commitment to duty.

Lieutenant Morrogh’s account also highlights the presence of a remarkable priest among the troops, who selflessly tends to the spiritual and emotional needs of the men amidst the turmoil of war.

The bravery of Private Twomey and Corporal Slattery serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration amidst the darkness of war. Their selfless actions epitomize the courage and resilience of the soldiers serving on the front lines, reaffirming the indomitable spirit of the human heart in the face of adversity.

Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 10 July 1915