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Cork Recalls Five Men Killed in Irish Poplar Tragedy of WW2

19th December 2018
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Irish Shipping's general cargoship 'Irish Poplar' from the collection of the Irish Naval Service painted by Kenneth King. Irish Shipping's general cargoship 'Irish Poplar' from the collection of the Irish Naval Service painted by Kenneth King. Photo: Evening Echo

#HistoricBoats - As the trumpeter sounded the Last Post reports the Evening Echo, it was an emotional time as those attendent and sang ‘Abide With Me’, while the names of five men who died in Cork Harbour just before Christmas in 1942 were recalled.

They were John Higgins, Patrick Wilshaw, Frank Powell, William Duggan and Frank Lloyd.

“These men were the only people that lost their lives on active service to the country during the Second World War. They lost their lives on service to the nation in Cork Harbour,” said Fred Crudge, Chairman of the Cobh Branch of the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women.

While Christmas is a time of celebration and enjoyment, it is also a time of remembrance of tragedy in two Cork coastal communities – at Cobh and in Castletownbere.

In Cobh on Saturday morning, what is known as the Irish Poplar tragedy was recalled.

To read more on the story click here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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