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Peter Aloysius Nolan 65300, born Tyrone 27 June 1890, his father
Martin Nolan 44651 was Acting Sergeant in charge of the barracks at
Stewartstown at the time of the 1901 Census.
joined the RIC in May 1910, serving first in Navan before transfer to
Belfast in October 1912. Joined Irish Guards 13 Jan 1915, reported
missing 27 Nov 1917 and declared dead (letter of 20 Aug 1918).
is a possibility he received the 1911 Visit to Ireland medal along
with his Military Medal (and bar) and War Medals.
& The War - Belfast
picture from Larne Times
Thanks to Nigel Henderson (Great War Ulster Newspapers Archive)
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Sergeant J. J. Cunningham, of the Irish Guards, who led a victorious onset at the Marne, waving an Irish flag, is the son of Mr J.S. Cunningham, ex-R.I.C., and at present a member of the Dublin Port police force. In a letter to his mother from the Mayoress of Sligo, of which town he is a native, that lady writes - "You should surely be proud that your son's name should be so inseparably associated with the many deeds of valour which have characterised the conduct of Irish boys in this great struggle for civilisation and liberty"
Irish Times 8 Jan 1916
John Joseph Cunningham 3609 2 Company, 1 Bn/Irish Guards, late London Police; born c1892 Sligo. Brothers Edward F (b circa 1900) James Stephen (b1893 Wicklow) Charlotte Mary (b 1894 Wicklow); Elizabeth Josephine (b 1896 Wicklow); mother Ellen (bc 1870 Leitrim)
July 13 1918 - Sgt Cunningham given commission in Army.
James S(tephen?) Cunningham 43926. Born Roscommon 1861 (confirmed from pension records), married 1891 Leitrim (Ellen Nolan or Gorevan/Gorevin), served Donegal, Reserve, Sligo 1885, Wicklow 1890, pensioned 1 Dec 1904. Paid Dunlavin. Later at 'Pay Office' ie Dublin. Still paying as at 1922/23.
believed died 1925 or 1937 or 1956. DHP possibly in 1911 but I cannot find any of the Cunningham family in the 1911 census
From the 1901 Census: Household Return Dunlavin
Sligo Nationalist 16 October 1915Man Who Raised the ‘Old Green Flag.’ John Joseph Cunningham (3609) belonged to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. He was formerly a member of the London Police. He went out with the Guards as a private, but in recognition of his valour on the occasion of the unfurling of the ‘Old Green Flag’ he was promoted King’s Corporal. He was wounded on this occasion and returned home but again went off to the front. He again figured in another incident some time later. This was when he captured a German spy wearing the uniform of a French soldier. The spy was shot at dawn. Corporal Cunningham was promoted to the rank of sergeant for this successful exploit. Born in Sligo, the hero of this story spent his earlier years in County Wicklow, where his father (Mr James Cunningham) now harbour constable in Dublin, was then stationed. His father’s present address is 7, Muckross Parade, North Circular road, Dublin. Sergeant Cunningham was wounded a second time, and is now in St Omer Hospital suffering from gun shots in the leg. Mr M J Kearns, a local poet, residing at Geevagh, County Sligo, has written the following lines in praise of his friend and countryman and the famous Irish Guards:
Sligo Champion 10 July 1915 The Old Green FlagIn pleasing song I love to hear Of brave undaunted menWho fought for Faith and Freedom too O’er hillside, vale, and glen;In ages past our Irish boys (Of every land the pride)Gave up their lives for Freedom’s cause, For Faith and Freedom died.Old Erin’s sons are fighting now On Belgium’s gory plain,Where heroes died there side by side Their Freedom to retain:The first to meet the daring foe Were Irish Guardsmen true,Their blood soon died the verdant fields Of France and Belgium too.They fought at Mons and Marne Old Belgium to set free,’Twas there O’Leary beat the Huns And won the great V.C.Another of the fighting race, A hero of renown,Was gallant brave young Cunningham From dear old Sligo town.’Twas he who raised "the Old Green Flag" That stopped the prowling Hun,When English troops were falling fast ’Twas Erin’s flag that won,I’m proud he is a Sligo man, A youth of tender age,His name and fame and glory too Will shine in history’s page.And when he is returning To his home of long agoThe genial Mayor of Sligo town Will honour him I know.Yes, Mayor Jinks is always ready, In civic chain and gown,To welcome men like Cunningham To dear old Sligo town.
M. J. KEARNS. Geevagh
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