Fr James McRory - Army Chaplain

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I can't find this Fathers MIC ... can anybody else see it please ?

    Father James McRory was one of three Derry priests who acted as chaplains during the First World War, along with Father Hugh Smith of Moville and Father William Devine of Castlederg and Coleraine.

    Father McRory's diary which opens with the poignant words 'In the Shamrock Dugout, at the trenches where Ypres once was', offers a moving firsthand account of this terrible time, which saw so many brave men endure unimaginable horrors ....

    He was born in Dunree Desertegne in 1881. He was educated at St.Columb's College, where he made a name for himself as a footballer, and was allowed by the college to play for Derry Celtic. He was ordained in Rome in 1909. On the outbreak of war he joined as a chaplain and remained in that capacity from 1914-1917. One of his contemporaries told how Father McRory had spent six continuous weeks in the trenches "unable to put his nose out" until reinforcements arrived.

    Father James McRory was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele on October 21 1917

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