Sligo’s VC sol­dier is re­mem­bered

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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.

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