Friday 19 September 2014

Remembering the Sligo WW1 heroes

Michael Moran

Published 08/04/2014 | 05:40

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Hugh Trayer researching the First World War through The Sligo Champion. He is also pictured with the last will and testament of Captain Thomas Joseph Crofton from Ballisodare, who fought in the War.

THE story of many of the Sligomen who fought in the First World War is to feature in a new exhibition.

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And, The Sligo Champion is playing a major role in recalling events of 100 years ago.

Much of the material in the exhibition to mark the centenary of the start of the War comes from the paper's archives.

It includes references to Private Martin Moffitt, son of Mr and Mrs Martin Moffitt, Knappagh Road, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918.

He was one of only three to be awarded the honour in Ireland.

Project Co-Ordinator Hugh Trayer said: "The Sligo Champion has been a good source of information.

"I've been to the County Library looking at old papers on microfilm, etc.

"We're told 390 men from Sligo were killed during the War, but it is probably a greater number.

"Many of them went away heroes in 1914, but the situation had changed completely by 1918.

"They had been fighting for the British. Thankfully, a lot has changed since.

"Now, I want to tell their stories."

Hugh is a former Sligo Regional Technical College student.

He is based at Ross, Killala, and has a deep interest in heritage and history.

The World War I project is a PEACE III funded initiative.

Hugh said: "I'm trying to get the personal stories.

"I've seen letters home thanking people for sending out socks, etc., to the War.

"I'm hoping family members and friends of the men will contact me."

A commemoration ceremony takes place on July 28th next, 100 years to the day the War started.

The exhibition will be open at the Sligo Library and will also travel to Ballymote and Tubbercurry Libraries.

Dates will be announced later.

Hugh can be contacted at 085-190-2223.

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