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Photograph of Private Gerald Arthur Coffey, 770, 5th Battalion, Connaught Rangers Photograph of two war medals and the cap badge of gerald Arthur Coffey 2 Photographs of the headstone on the grave of Gerald Arthur Coffey at Weston Mill Cemetery, Devonport, Plymouth.
Gerald Arthur Coffey was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary in the year 1878. At the outbreak of The Great War, he was living in Dublin City and he immediately volunteered to serve. He travelled to Liverpool in England and enlisted in the 5th Battalion, Connaught Rangers , which battalion formd part of the 10th Irish Division. After his training, the battalion embarked for Gallipoli in July 1915 from the Port of Devonport, Plymouth. Only two short months later, Private Gerald Coffey was seriously wounded while storming a Turkish position, believed to have been the attack on Hill 60 by the Connaught Rangers on August 21st 1915. Gerald was transported on the Hospital Ship, the S.S. Canada, bound for Plymouth, but he succumbed to his wounds and died on board on 7th September 1915. He was buried at the local cemetery at Weston Mill, Devonport in Plymouth on 11th September 1915, just over two months after he had embarked from that very Port on the great adventure which was to end his life. His sacrifice will be remembered by his descendants