Framed and glazed memorial plaque to Denis Liddane, US Army.
Framed and glazed memorial plaque to Denis Liddane, US Army., Contains a colourised photograph of Denis Liddane; a colour photograph of his grave site in France; a Purple Heart medal; a World War One Victory medal with Meuse-Argonne battle clasp; a citation from President Barrack Obama. Liddane, a native of Carrigaholt, died of wounds on 10th October, 1918.
Dennis Liddane was born in 1893 in Rehy, Carrigaholt, Kilkee, the youngest of of ten children born to Ellen Pope and Thomas Liddane. His family were evicted from their home in Rehy at the close of the 19th century and moved to Tullig, County Clare. Emigration took its toll on the family and Dennis Liddane’s brothers and sisters left Clare for to both the United States and New Zealand as they grew into adulthood.
In 1911, the census records that Dennis was a 17 year old agricultural labourer, living at home with his elderly parents, and would have been 19 years old when he an his brother James emigrated to New Jersey on board the SS Baltic, arriving there on 30th August, 1913. He subsequently became an American citizen and on 7th September, 1917, following American entry into World War One, Dennis was drafted into the US Army, aged 23 years and 5 months. He died of wounds in France on 10th October, 1918.
The memorial contains a colourised photograph of Denis Liddane; a colour photograph of his grave site in France; a Purple Heart medal; a World War One Victory medal with a Meuse-Argonne battle clasp and citation from President Barrack Obama. It was compiled by Marty Halpin, a great grand-nephew of Dennis, and sent to his cousins in Kilkee for presentation to the Clare Museum. Dennis has subsequently been included on a mobile application for the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, which tells personal stories of soldiers who are buried in the cemetery.
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