Archive for August 23rd, 2012

August 23,

Hoofer Gene Kelly. First VC Winner of World War I on this day in Irish History

August 23: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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August 23: TODAY in Irish History:

1912: Hoofer Gene Kelly is born in Pittsburgh. The fleet footed dancer and star of Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris and other popular movies was the grandson of Irish immigrants.


Gene Kelly: Singin’ in the Rain




1914: First World World War I Victoria Cross Winner

Death of Maurice Dease the first soldier to win a Victoria Cross medal in WWI. Dease was born in Coole, Co. Westmeath.He won the posthumous award for his bravery during the Battle of Mons Belgium, just nineteen days after World War I breaks out.


Dease’s name is spelled incorrectly in this clipping

Dease was awarded the Victoria Cross for his valor, the first posthumous recipient of the VC. His citation reads:

“”On 23rd August 1914 at Mons, Belgium, Nimy Bridge was being defended by a single company of Royal Fusiliers and a machine gun section with Lieutenant Dease in command.  The gunfire was intense, and the casualties were heavy, but the Lieutenant went on firing in spite of his wounds, until he was hit for the 5th time and was carried away to a place of safety where he died.”



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