Search on for relatives of First World War soldiers

THE search is on for relatives of 39 soldiers who fought in the First World War.

The relatives of the soldiers — including one from Cork — will be invited to Glasnevin Cemetery this month for a special commemoration to view the soldiers’ new graves.

The graves of the men and women who fought in the conflict have been identified and marked by the Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The list of servicemen and some other details about their lives can be obtained on the website www.glasnevintrust.ie.

One of the soldiers was Kieran Shiels. He served as a sergeant in the Leinster Regiment and died on November 19, 1919.

His age is unknown but researchers discovered that he was the husband of a Harriet Shiels and came from No 45, Gardiner’s Hill, Cork.

Anybody related to Sergeant Shiels or the 38 others who have been reinterred, is being invited to ecumenical and military ceremonies which will take place at O’Connell Tower, Glasnevin Cemetery at 3pm on Thursday, November 11.

The centre piece of this year’s commemoration will be the rededication of two war memorials which have been moved from the Prospect Gate at the back of the cemetery to a position close to the main Finglas Road entrance.

The ceremonies will be attended by a number of dignitaries, including the British Ambassador to Ireland Julian King, who will lay a wreath and erect a plaque at the memorials.

Meanwhile, Glasnevin Trust chairman John Green said: “We would urge families that can attend this special commemoration to do so.

If you are unsure about your family’s links to these noble men and women, then please use our online genealogical search facility which contains full burial records by logging on to www.glasnevintrust.ie/genealogy.”

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