A very interesting Great War Medal, to a Drogheda man who served in the Royal Irish Rifles. (2109006)


10198, Private John Murray, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Rifles, was a Drogheda Co. Louth man who was taken prisoner of war at the early stages of the Great War. An interesting medal to an early PoW, worthy of further research. See description for full details researched so far.

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The medal on offer here is the 1914-1918 Silver War Medal, officially named and numbered as follows: 10198 PTE J. MURRAY. R. IR. RIF. There are some edge dents near the numbering on the medal. The medal comes with a replacement length of ribbon. Copies of paperwork also included.

John Murray was a pre war regular soldier attached to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. He was also entitled to the 1914 Star and Victory medals for his war service. His qualifying date of entry to the Western Front was 14th August 1914 at the start of the war. He was taken as a prisoner of war on 27-10-1914. This is noted on the Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Battalion roll of decorations earned. Copy included.

French Red Cross (on line) documents give us some additional information. From them, we see he had a home address in Drogheda Ireland. It is probable that he was taken prisoner at Ligny during the First Battle of Ypres on 27th October 1914. He was held as a prisoner of war by the Germans at the PoW Camp of Giessen, near Frankfort. (copy documents included). This is an interesting research piece. Please click on all images for close up pictures and details.

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