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Le Pilly

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Perth Digger

I've looked at the Google map and it looks to me as if Le Pilly, where 2nd The Royal Irish Regiment was destroyed on 20 October 1914, is now just part of Herlies and is a line of some houses and a farm along Rue Le Pilly. It was, in 1914, only a hamlet with a railway station. If anyone has been there, could you give me a brief description of what it is like today? 

 

Thanks

 

Mike

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Michelle Young

Went there once on a very cold March day. Couldn't  really differentiate between it and Herlies. Might be a project for us in September.

 

Michelle 

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Perth Digger

Thanks, Michelle. I believe that the farm of 1914 is still there and the station, now a private house.

 

Mike

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WhiteStarLine

Hi Mike, if Le Pilly itself is as marked on a trench map at 36.T.5.b.9.1 then the square marked in red on Google is close to 'P' in Pilly on the trench map, if that makes sense.  In other words, don't give up too soon!

 

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Perth Digger

Thanks.

 

Mike

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Jervis

Hi Perth Digger

 

I have never visited, but you may be interested in a book called “wherever the firing line extends” by Ronan McGreevy (a GWF member). In the book he devotes a chapter to the Royal Irish Regiment at Le Pilly. What is more relevant is he relates the activities of the modern day residents of Le Pilly & Herlies as the centenary approached as they re-discovered the events. He also maps some of the battlefield to present day buildings. See photo. 

 

Jervis. 

 

 

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Perth Digger

Thanks Jervis. I've bought an E-Book copy of the book.

 

Do you know Ronan's GWF name?

 

Mike

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Perth Digger

Ronan uses his own name, I see!

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Jervis

Yes. He is also a journalist with the Irish Times. 

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mebu

Here's (if it works) is an over-view of today/ 1918 map.

The rail line can still be determined.

Google street view shows scattered modern houses.

Peter

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bobster1

The village of Le Pilly no longer exists.It is now on Rue Pilly on the outskirts of Herlies.Michael Desmond, an historian from Ballymacarbery County Waterford Ireland has researched this battle for over 20 years and was the person responsible for bringing it to the attention of the locals.They unveiled a beautiful memorial to the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in October last year.Check this link for details of the Regimental Association and its involvement in Le Pilly.

Hope this helps.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/963675410382519/

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Perth Digger

Thanks for the update.

 

Mike

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