Titanic Sea Trials. General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon. Irish Medal of Honor Winner

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1862: Birth  in  County Galway of Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon (d.  29 September 1930), British Army general and Irish Senator.

Mahon had a distinguished military career which included the Boer War and commanding the 10th Division at the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign until he was posted to Egypt May 1916. Later that year he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Ireland (1916-1918). This British Pathe clip shows Mahon in Ireland.

He was appointed to Seanad Éireann by the President of the Executive Council, William T. Cosgrave, in 1922. This though did not prevent him suffering during the Irish Civil War as his County Kildare property was burned down by anti-Treaty forces in February 1923. He was elected to the Seanad in 1928, and served until his death in 1930.

General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon

General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon


1871: Birth in County Waterford of Thomas Francis Prendergast who would win the Congressional Medal of Honor “For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle while with the Eighth Army Corps, 25, 27, 29 March, and 5 April 1899” during the Phillipine-American War.


1912: Titanic sails under her own power for first sea trials, less than TWO weeks before the commencement of her ill fated voyage. She is officially certified as “good for one year from today.”

titanic sea trials april 2

Titanic sea trials April 2, 1912

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