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Fallen WWI soldier’s medals donated to Clare Museum

The service medals of a Clare-born casualty of World War One, including a Purple Heart, have been donated to Clare Museum. Private Dennis Liddane from Rehy in Kilkee, who emigrated to the United States when he was 18 years of age, died in the Meuse-Argonne sector of the Western Front on October 10, 1918.  He served in the same Division and fought alongside Sgt. Alvin York, the most decorated American soldier of World War One. Born in 1893, he was the youngest of ten children and emigrated to the United States, arriving in New York on August 30, 1913, joining his siblings who had emigrated before him. He lived in New Jersey, became an American citizen and obtained a position as a guard at NY Edison – an electricity company.  He worked there until he was drafted into the US Army in 1917 following America’s entry into World War One. He was sent to France with the 327th Infantry Regiment …

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