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The army career of Peter Henry, of Oldcastle
Peter Henry, my grandfather
Certificate of transfer to reserve
Peter Henry was my grandfather. He joined the 6th Bat. of the Leinster Regiment and trained in Fermoy and Basingstoke. He went to Gallipoli (Dardanelles) in July 1915, and fought at Sunla Bay and in the battle for "Chocolate Hill". He survived Gallipoli then went on to Salonika (where he may have contracted malaria), then to the river Struma (Bulgarian Lines?). After the Balkans, to was sent to Egypt and Palestine. The 6th Leinster were then split up between 3 regiments. My granddad went into the 6th Dublins off to France, about September 1918.The 6th Dublin fought at Le Chateau and on the Hindenberg Line. So he ended the war with the Dublins. After the war, he came back to Ireland and was beaten up by the Black and Tans. He fought in the civil war, "Cork Command", stationed at Cobh and Youghal (on Collins side). Served 5 years in the British Army and about 1.5 years in the Irish Army, as a private in both wars. He died in 1957, buried at Oldcastle, Co Meath, at age 82, despite being gassed, suffering shrapnel wounds etc etc! He had 3 maybe 4 medals.