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He Fought For Three Armies

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    "Short but eventful life". No kidding.
    "The people of New Ross in Co Wexford will on Sunday honour Victoria Cross winner Martin Doyle who returned to the town as a war hero 100 years ago and later joined the IRA.
    There will be a parade through the streets of the town before the unveiling of a paving stone recognising the medal he earned in September 1918.
    Ronan McGreevy tells the story of a man who came to embody the shifting loyalties of Irish people a century ago.

    There are 623 graves for British military personnel in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin. Each headstone is identical to the other being, according to the old imperial measures, 30 inches (76 cm) tall, 15 inches (38 cm) wide and two inches (3.2 cm) thick. They are made of white Portland Stone.
    The grave of Martin Doyle, tucked into a corner at the entrance of the graveyard, looks like all the rest, but it is not a real Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.
    Its provenance revealed by the inscription at the bottom - “erected by his old comrades in the regiment” - the regiment being the Royal Munster Fusiliers.
    In his short, but eventful life, Martin Doyle fought for three armies, the British Army, the IRA and the National Army of the Free State. Yet, he was buried as a British soldier, 20 years after his country fought a war of liberation against the same country.
    In death, as in life, this extraordinary soldier personified many of the contradictions of Irish identity in the country he grew up in."
    www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/the-man-who-fought-for-three-armies-british-ira-and-free-state-1.4159106?mode=amp&fbclid=IwAR346bzkyfi9VEFgT_dvLaKbn2dw9awYQ6Ums0vZ2BsvvmdcAYWnVZ4gF-w
     
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    I'd like to have sat down for a pint of Guinness with him.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    I was thinking of Yang Kyoungjong, the Korean who fought in the Japanese Army and was captured by the Soviets during the border wars of 1939. Then he was put in the Red Army and captured again, this time by the German Army. The Germans later put him in one of the Ost Battalions that was deployed to Normandy. He was captured by the US Army there.

    Yang Kyoungjong - Wikipedia


    These three men had extraordinary lives to say the least.
     
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    I remember that story as well. Another extraordinary individual
     
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    Yeah, remember both those stories. Just shows you.
     
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    what county did he hail from?

    Ah...Wexford
     
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    Leinster, I think.
     
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    An HBO 10 part miniseries would do them justice I think. Talk about some great subject matter to work with!
     

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