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Pte. T. FLANAGAN


Peter Bennett
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Is he the same Pte. T. Flanagan who was number 5920 Connaught Rangers ?

Name: FLANAGAN

Initials: T

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Leinster Regiment

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Date of Death: 28/04/1918

Service No: 18108

Additional information: Son of Mrs. E. Flanagan, of 33, High St., West Town, Dewsbury, Yorks.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 12.

Cemetery: EBBLINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY

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Is he the same Pte. T. Flanagan who was number 5920 Connaught Rangers ?

Appears so.....

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Yes he is and confirmed by SDGW and his MIC which notes 5th Bn Connaught Rangers, (as can be seen above ;) )

cheers, Jon

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Thank you for your superb replies, two more questions:

1) Where would he have served in the Balkans ?

2) Why is his Victory Medal inscribed with his Connaught Rangers service number and not as per his CWGC details ?

I am enquiring on behalf of one of his relatives who has the medal.

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Hi,

The 5th Bn Connaught Rangers arrived at Salonika from the island of Mudros on 10 Oct 1915, after their Gallipoli campaign . After being brought up to strenght and a months training in terrible weather they crossed the Greek frontier into the mountains of Southern Serbia.

On 7 Dec, 1915 a large Bulgarian Army overran the trenches of the 10th Irish Division at Kosturino. The Connaught Rangers were forced to retreat back into Greece with heavy losses. Private T Flanagan would have been part of a draft to replace these losses. The 5th Bn Connaught Rangers remained on the Salonika Front for the next 2 years.

A Draft of 90 Other Ranks joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at Salonika bringing it back up to full strength 18 Dec 1915

Two drafts made up from 375 NCO’s and men from the Connaught Rangers who had been attached to the Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Fusiliers, rejoined the 5th Battalion as these men wanted to return to Connaught Rangers and the Brigadier General commanding the 31st Brigade consented. All these men were Connaught Rangers from the 3rd or 4th Battalions, most had taken part in action ON 7 & 8 Dec.in Serbia. 19 Dec 1915

A draft of 29 Other Ranks from the Base Depot joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at Salonika 21 Dec 1915

On 10 Sept 1917 the 5th Bn Connaught Rangers were transferred to the Palestine & Egyptian Front.

Regards Mark

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Mark

I am truly grateful for such comprehensive details.

His brother Timothy who survived the war was also in the Connaught Rangers service number 5158 or 6158 (medal very hard to read) would he have been part of these actions ?

Could some kind soul please find Timothy's MIC

Thank you

Peter

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Thanks again Mark.

Would Timothy have served in the same actions as his brother.

Peter

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Hi,

It does not look like he served overseas until at least 1916 since there is no 1914 or 1914/15 Star on the Medal Card

Regards Mark

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2) Why is his Victory Medal inscribed with his Connaught Rangers service number and not as per his CWGC details ?

Peter

Generally speaking the medals were impressed with the details with which the entitlement was originally earnt i.e. his Connaught Rangers details.

The 1914/15 Star would be impressed with the Service Number, Rank and Unit details the recipient held on entry into a theatre of war, the British War and Victory Medals would be impressed with the same Service Number and Unit details but with the highest rank attained prior to the end of the war. In this instance all medals should be impressed with his Connaught Rangers details and rank of Private.

Regards

Steve

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