Nearly two years ago I published a post about an intriguing set of medals for sale on eBay, that had belonged to Lieut. Shanley of 5/Connaught Rangers. In addition to ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’, there were also US and French Second World War medals. What was especially interesting for me, was that the British War Medal had a long list of unofficial bars, from the Battle of Kosturino onwards.
Recently I was delighted to hear from the current custodian of the medals, Peter Power-Hynes MA, FRGS, FRSA, FRSAI. Peter kindly provided some more information about Lieut. Shanley.
Patrick Harman Shanley was born in Athlone in 1896. He landed in Salonika just after the withdrawal from Gallipoli. He emigrated to USA in the 1930s and became a Roman Catholic Priest. He served as a US Army Chaplain during the Second World War, hence the US and French medals. In 1953 he became a Bishop and died in 1970 – coincidentally my first article was published on the 49th anniversary of his death! Bishop Hanley is buried in Florida and is commemorated online, where his unusual set of medals can be seen:
Peter also tells me that there are quite a few letters from him in The Ranger Journal which was issued twice a year up to 1969 by his former commanding officer, Lieut. Col. HFN Jourdain.
Lt Col Jourdain and Captain J B E Massy (adjutant) outside the large bivouac shelter at Kajali, which was used as Battalion HQ whilst the 5th Connaught Rangers were in the line on Kosturino Ridge, November-December 1915. PHOTOGRAPHS RELATING TO THE SERVICE OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL H F N JOURDAIN WITH THE 5TH CONNAUGHT RANGERS DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR” (click on image to see full size) © IWM (Q 55142)
The 5th Connaught Rangers preparing to march toward the front line in Serbia, November 1915. PHOTOGRAPHS RELATING TO THE SERVICE OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL H F N JOURDAIN WITH THE 5TH CONNAUGHT RANGERS DURING WWI (click on image to see full size) © IWM (Q 55131)
Men of the 5th Connaught Rangers with two Bulgarian prisoners at Tatarli, 28 November 1915. PHOTOGRAPHS RELATING TO THE SERVICE OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL H F N JOURDAIN WITH THE 5TH CONNAUGHT RANGERS DURING WWI (click on image to see full size) © IWM (Q 55129)
Finally, I’m sure Peter won’t mind me mentioning that, aside from his roles in various Irish organisations in London, he also happens to be Assistant Curator of the London Irish Rifles Museum. 2/18th (County of London) Battalion TF (London Irish Rifles) served in Salonika with 60th (2/2nd London) Division from the end of 1916 to mid-1917, when they went to Egypt.