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Title: Passchendaele: Exhibition panel commemorating Joseph Redmond, Irish Guards, born Rathfarnham
Authors: Power, David
Power, David
Keywords: Third Ypres
Issue Date: 2018
Description: Joseph Redmond was the son of a General Labourer and had six siblings. He lived in Willbrook Rathfamham. The 1901 Census shows their home as No. 10 in a row of houses, the first of which was a public house. This makes the most likely location of their residence as Willbrook Street cottages which are next to what was the Tuning Fork pub. Only four of the cottages remain. Joseph Redmond joined the Irish Guards in Dublin between 1910 and 1911. He arrived in France on the 25th of May 1915 and saw action in the Battle of the Somme. He was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery. Unfortunately the action in which he was earned the award is not recorded. The Irish Guards were next engaged in the Third Battle of Ypres. Pte. Redmond was severely injured in the Battle of Pilckem which was described by Rudyard Kipling’s History of the Irish Guards thus: ". . . The standard of comfort in the Salient at that time was lower than on the Somme. All posts were elaborately concealed from overhead observation, for the enemy aeroplanes roved over them, bombing and machine-gunning at large... the Battalion was lucky in its four days’ turn, it lost on the night of the 4th September... four men killed and twenty-three wounded." It is likely that Joseph Redmond was one of these 23 wounded. He succumbed to his injuries four days later on the 8th of September 1917. Joseph Redmond lived within 100 yards of another Rathfamham casualty of Ypres, Richard Rodgers, and they died within 40 days of each other.
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