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Lest we forget sacrifices of our countrymen and women

What do Joseph Pierce Murphy, of 2 Thorncastle Place, Ringsend, Dublin, and Joseph Lynch, of Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, have in common? It is that on August 6, 1914, they were the first Irish servicemen to be killed in action in the Great War, after their vessel, HMS Amphion hit a mine in the opening naval battle in the North Sea.

At least two other sailors, Martin Murphy and Jeremiah Minahane, who were lost on the Amphion, were probably Irish, but are not listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission official lists. They are thus doubly forgotten.

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