Sligo’s VC soldier is remembered
Private Martin Moffatt, VC from Sligo town was recently honoured at special remembrance events in Ledegem, Belgium.
On 14 th October 1918, Ledegem, which was under German occupation for four years, was liberated by the 2nd Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians).
Private Moffatt had joined the Connaught Rangers in 1914 but was transferred to the Leinster Regiment in 1918.
During the battle of Ledegem, Private Moffatt was advancing with five others across fields when they came under heave rifle fire at close range from a strongly held house. Rushing forward, Moffatt threw some grenades and then rushed the door killing two soldiers and capturing thirty.
For his bravery he was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V.
He returned to Sligo in 1919 to a heroes welcome and worked with the Sligo Harbour Commissioners as a Harbour Constable until shortly before he was killed in a drowning accident at Rosses Point in January 1946.
The Leinster Regiment Association was granted the Freedom of Ledegem in October 2008 and recently attended the town for ceremonies marking the 100 th Anniversary of its liberation.
Mrs Anne Farmer with members of her family at the ceremony.