WW1 Irish rememberedtags: World War I, Ireland
IT'S difficult to fathom. But Private John Mulalley from Newcastle, Enfield, Co Meath was just 20 years old when he died in Flanders, Belgium as WW1 was just beginning - and less than three months after he entered active service to fight the enemy with the Connaught Rangers.
His niece Marie Maher (80) paid tribute to him today (see video) in tandem with the launch of a new archive - "Ireland's Memorial Records' - the online digital archive of Ireland's First World War records which lists all those from the island of Ireland who died in Belgium during WW1 or who died in Belgium as result of injuries sustained during battle....
The new records are part of a much larger project at In Flanders Fields Museum called The List of Names.
The latest project, which is a joint collaboration by the In Flanders Fields Musuem, Google and the Department of Foreign Affairs, shows that 11,060 of the 49,000 Irish men who perished in the First World War actually died or were buried in Belgium and not in France as previously recorded....
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