Tuesday 16 January 2018

Medal search for Taghmon descendants


Taghmon's Great War memorial.
Taghmon's Great War memorial.

RESEARCHERS from a genealogy website are trying to trace the descendants of a Thomas and Fanny Murphy from Taghmon to help with the return of a World War One medal found in Germany in the 1960s.

Irish Genealogy said it had been approached by a man restoring the medal who wants to return it to the family of the man it was awarded to.

The person restoring the medal, who has not been named, said it had been found on a building site.

Irish Genealogy quotes him as saying: 'I said I would endeavour to return it to the owner's family if possible. I believe J Murphy came from Taghmon and, possibly, 4319 Edward Murphy, Pte 1st Batt Royal Irish Rifles, KIA France, 16th Mar, 1915, could be his brother.

'I am in the process of restoring the medal as it is incomplete. Any guidance to locate heirs would be most appreciated.'

Irish Genealogy said if anyone can point it in the direction of this Murphy family, the information will be sent to the person with the medal.

According to the 1901 census, J and Edward Murphy were the children of Thomas and Fanny Murphy of house labelled No. 31 in Taghmon. In 1901 James is listed as being 22 years old and a carpenter. I think he was given as 30 in 1911. Edward is listed as a scholar in 1901 and a servant at 18 years old in 1911.

Dr Jane Lyons from the Irish Geneaology website said on Friday that she had received messages from at least three people saying they are related to Murphy's in Taghmon and of those, there was only one who may be related. Her grandfather was a Jimmy Murphy from Taghmon. 'My question on my Irish Genealogy Facebook page and the response of people to that question has been incredible to say the least and if we find the family who should have this medal then it will be one of the stories to be told,' Dr Lyons told this newspaper. Edward Murphy is one of the men commemorated on a memorial, erected by the Taghmon Historical Society, to those who were killed in the Great War and which was unveiled in 1914, the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

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