F Scott Fitzgerald – Westmeath’s VC Winner – Bartholomew Teeling Execution

September 24: TODAY in Irish History:

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F Scott Fitzgerald Irish American

F Scott Fitzgerald

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1798: Execution of Young Irishman Bartholomew Teeling

United Irishman Bartholomew Teeling is executed in Dublin following his capture at the Battle of Ballinamuck where an Irish-French army under General Humbert was defeated by the British. Ballinamuck proved to be the end of French efforts to overthrow English rule in Ireland. The captured French troops were repatriated to France, but the a large number of Irish rebels were hanged including Matthew Tone, brother of Wolfe Tone.

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Bartholomew Teeling at today in irish history

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1857: Westmeath Victoria Cross Winner John Alexander

Death of Westmeath born Victoria Cross winner John Alexander during the Battle of Lucknow in India. Alexander had been awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during the Crimean War.

His citation reads: “On 18 June 1855 after the attack on the Redan at Sebastopol, Crimea, Alexander went out from the trenches under very heavy fire and brought in several wounded men. On 6 September, when he was with a working party in the most advanced trench, he went out under heavy fire and helped to bring in a captain who was severely wounded.”

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940

1896: F Scott Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota the son of Edward and Mary McQuillan Fitzgerald.  an Irish Catholic family.

F Scott Fitzgerald Irish American
F Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940

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Fitzgerald’s most famous work The Great Gatsby opens with:

Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;

If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,

Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,

I must have you!”

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READ: A Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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1939: Death of Irish born Victoria Cross recipient, Bangor, Co. Down born Edward Bingham.

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Irish VC winner Edward Bingham
Irish VC winner Edward Bingham

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Bingham’s citation reads:

“On the 31st May 1916 – At the Battle of Jutland, while in command of HMS Nestor, he led his division of destroyers towards the enemy battlecruisers. On his way he engaged a flotilla of enemy destroyers, sinking two of them. He then sighted the enemy fleet and closed to within 3,000 yards to obtain a good position to fire his torpedoes. His division was under concentrated attack throughout this attack and his ship Nestor was subsequently sunk. He was picked up by a German destroyer and taken prisoner.”

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READ: Bio of Edward Bingham

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