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Saturday 20 September 2014

Five of the fallen

Published 10/05/2014 | 02:30

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1 FR WILLIAM JOSEPH DOYLE

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A chaplain with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 16th Division, he was killed in action while ministering to the wounded. He died under heavy fire at Frezenberg Ridge, Ypres, on August 17, 1917. He was 44 and was posthumously awarded the Military Cross.

2JOHN LEDWIDGE Born in Bray, Co Wicklow, John was a "rifleman" in the Royal Irish Rifles, 2nd Battalion. He died of wounds sustained in battle in France on November 26, 1915. He was 22.

3JAMES O'MAHONEY Born in St Andrew's parish near Westland Row in Dublin's south inner city, James had a rank of private and served for the East Surrey Regiment 1st Battalion. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme in July 28, 1916. He was 24.

4THOMAS O'MAHONEY Born in Cork and with the rank of "boy", Thomas served on the Royal Navy ship Tiger. He was killed on January 24, 1915, as a result of a shell explosion sustained at the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea about 100km off the coast of England. He was 17.

5ALBERT EDWARD SMYTHE

From Old Leighlin, near Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, Albert was a private in the Irish Guards, 1st Battalion. He was killed in action in France on November 1, 1914, just months after war had been declared. He was 23.

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