Cork’s Victoria Cross Winner – Painter Sean Keating – Dr. Barnardo

September 19: TODAY in Irish History:

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David Lord VC

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1889: Painter and Artist SEAN KEATING

Irish painter Sean Keating is  born in Limerick. Some sources suggest his birth date was Sept. 28th. Whatever, he was a great Irish gift to the world of painting.

This painting Men of the South is on display at the Crawford Gallery in my native Cork.

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1905: Philanthropist Dr. Thomas Barnardo

Dublin born Thomas Bernardo, philanthropist and founder of Dr. Bernardo’s Home for disadvantaged kids dies. Over one hundred years later, disadvantaged kids still benefit from his great work and vision.

Dr. Thomas Barnardo
Dr. Thomas Barnardo 1845-1905

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Barnardo studied medicine with the intention of doing medical missionary work in China although he never formally qualified as a doctor despite the title of his homes. However, the poverty and despair he saw amongst young children in the slums of London. With the support of some wealthy benefactors, Barnardo opened the first Dr. Barnardo’s in 1870. By the time Thomas Barnardo died in 1905, the charity he founded ran 96 homes caring for more than 8,500 children. Following his death his work continued and now Barnardo’s helps more than 190,000 children, young people and their families every year.

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READ: Detailed article on “Dr.” Thomas Barnardo

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1944: Victoria Cross Winner David Lord

Cork born David Lord (1913) was killed at Arnhem, Holland. Flight Lieutenant Lord was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in piloting a Dakota during resupply operations.

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David Lord VC
Cork born David Lord VC. 1913-1944,

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Lord’s VC citation reads:

“Flight Lieutenant Lord was pilot and captain of a Dakota aircraft detailed to drop supplies at Arnhem on the afternoon of the 19th September, 1944. Our airborne troops had been surrounded and were being pressed into a small area defended by a large number of anti-aircraft guns. Air crews were warned that intense opposition would be met over the dropping zone. To ensure accuracy they were ordered to fly at 900 feet when dropping their containers.

While flying at 1,500 feet near Arnhem the starboard wing of Flight Lieutenant Lord’s aircraft was twice hit by anti-aircraft fire. The starboard engine was set on fire. He would have been justified in leaving the main stream of supply aircraft and continuing at the same height or even abandoning his aircraft. But on learning that his crew were uninjured and that the dropping zone would be reached in three minutes he said he would complete his mission, as the troops were in dire need of supplies.

By now the starboard engine was burning furiously. Flight Lieutenant Lord came down to 900 feet, where he was singled out for the concentrated fire of all the anti-aircraft guns. On reaching the dropping zone he kept the aircraft on a straight, and level course while supplies were dropped. At the end of the run, he was told that two containers remained.

Although he must have known that the collapse of the starboard wing could not be long delayed, Flight Lieutenant Lord circled, rejoined the stream of aircraft and made a second run to drop the remaining supplies. These manoeuvres took eight minutes in all, the aircraft being continuously under heavy anti-aircraft fire.

His task completed, Flight Lieutenant Lord ordered his crew to abandon the Dakota, making no attempt himself to leave the aircraft, which was down to 500 feet. A few seconds later, the starboard wing collapsed and the aircraft fell in flames. There was only one survivor, who was flung out while assisting other members of the crew to put on their parachutes.

By continuing his mission in a damaged and burning aircraft, descending to drop the supplies accurately, returning to the dropping zone a second time and, finally, remaining at the controls to give his crew a chance of escape, Flight Lieutenant Lord displayed supreme valour and self-sacrifice.”

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