In this Easter Week 2018 we celebrate the recent presentation by Noreen O’Sullivan (née Hickey of Mill Lane, Millstreet), Kilcummin, Killarney of three wonderfully historic items relating to Denis Hickey who was awarded a prestigious medal having died in Gallipoli in 1915. The excellent items are presented in memory of the late Owen Hickey, Coolatouder, Kileady, Ballinhassig whose father, Ted, is a native of Mill Lane, Millstreet. The brother of Denis, J.F. Hickey of the Royal Irish Regiment who died in 1918 is remembered in the West End Cemetery. We wish to express our sincere thanks to Noreen, Ted and the Hickey Family for this very important historic presentation to Millstreet Museum. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
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This is a very generous gift from the family. It is hard for us now to know the sacrifice that these men made at the time. We have so far found 42 Millstreet men that died in WWI, and many more that took part.
Denis’ medals above are the:
* 1914-1915 Star, a bronze medal with a red, white and blue watered silk ribbon was awarded to those who served in any theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 31st December 1915, and the
* Memorial Plaque, which was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war.
But the A.O.H. badge (?) is as interesting because I have found it hard to get any information on them.
I forgot to mention that the ribbon pictured above is actually the ribbon for a Victory Medal, and not the 1914-1915 Medal. Denis would have been eligible for the Victory Medal, so is it possible that the ribbon came from his victory medal and was put on the Star by mistake or is there another reason ?
“The ribbon of the 1914 Star as well as the 1914–15 Star, British World War I military campaign medals, 32 millimetres wide with equal width watered bands of red, white and blue”
“The Victory Medal ribbon, 38 millimetres wide with a “two rainbow” design, with the violet from each rainbow on the outside edges moving through to a central red stripe where both rainbows meet.”