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Private Joseph Larkin

2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers
Service No: 6279

Joseph Larkin grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Joseph was a boarder with the McMillans and then the Campbells before enlisting

Born / Resided

Ireland / 181 Main St , Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 14/03/1915

Enlisted

Glasgow 1914

Employed

Labourer in the Caledonian Tube Works

Age

35

Buried / Remembered

Ypres ( Menin Gate ) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

Joseph came to Coatbridge from Ireland as a teenager and enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers at the outbreak of war. He was 1 of 38 of his Battalion killed when the Germans attacked south of Ypres on the opening day of the Battle of St Eloi. He is listed as HENRY and 4TH BATTALION on the Memorial. Also remembered on the St Patricks Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Josephs name on the Menin Gate Memorial

Photos
  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  additional photo

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