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Battle of the Garigliano – Italy, 17-18 January 1944

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FRANCIS LEDWIDGE; SOLDIER, POET

ENNISKILLEN CONCERT TO CELEBRATE AN INNISKILLING FUSILIER AND WAR POET Francis Ledwidge was born in Slane, County Meath in 1887. He was the son of a farm labourer and worked in the local copper mines. In his early years Ledwidge

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Lieutenant Cormac Patrick James WRAY

A courageous Inniskilling is killed during a trench raid, 15th/16th July 1916. Trench Raids. Trench raids were carried out by both sides, usually at night, for a variety of reasons: To obtain information on enemy defences and units. To capture prisoners

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Opening of The Quartermaster’s Store

Phase one of our Great War Legacy Project saw the opening on 13 April of the ‘Quartermaster’s Store’, Information Desk and Shop, by former Inniskillings Museum Curator and Trustee, Maj (Retd) George Stephens MBE DL in celebration of his 90th birthday.

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1917 – Darkest Days

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An Intrepid Campaigner

Lieutenant Colonel Terence T. Macartney-Filgate OBE,  1898 – 1981 Known as ‘Phil’, he came from a military family from Co Louth, and joined the Inniskillings’ Special Reserve in 1915. On obtaining his commission in 1917, he was posted to the

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Four Memorials to a Young Soldier

Lieutenant Richard Playe Abney Smith – 1859-1882 There are three memorials to Richard Smith in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen and one in St Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury. His grave stone is in the Cathedral grounds, just to the left of

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The Battle of The Somme

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Somme Bugle to sound the ‘Advance’ 100 years on

On 1st July 1916, Drummer Jack Downs of the 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, sounded the ‘Advance’ of the 36th (Ulster) Division at the Battle of the Somme. Over the first two days of the battle, the Division lost some

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Battle of Jutland, 31 May – 01 Jun 1916

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