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  • The Awards of Captain Thomas R. Brady, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • The Awards of Captain Thomas R. Brady, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • The Awards of Captain Thomas R. Brady, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Item: GB1487

The Awards of Captain Thomas R. Brady, Royal Dublin Fusiliers


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The Awards of Captain Thomas R. Brady, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Queen's South Africa Medal, 6 Clasps - CAPE COLONY, TALANA, TUGELA HEIGHTS, ORANGE FREE STATE, RELIEF OF LADYSMITH, TRANSVAAL (6090 PTE. T. BRADY, RL. DUBLIN FUS.); King's South Africa Medal, 2 Clasps - SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (6090 SERJT. T. BRADY. RL. DUBLIN FUS.); 1914-15 Star (2. LIEUT. T. BRADY. R.DUB.FUS.); British War and Victory Medals (CAPT. T. BRADY.); and France: War Cross 1914-1918, Bronze Palm Clasp (unnamed). Naming is officially impressed. Boer War pair on suspension with swing bar pinback, edge nicks, polished; WWI medals unmounted, dark patinas. Light contact on all, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of paperwork authorizing his awarding of the QSA, KSA, 1914-15 Star, BWM and VM and 110 photographs of records from a hardbound book in the National Archives housing extensive records, including his Attestation Papers, Service Records, Medical Records, Innoculation Certificates, along with recommendation letters and various signed correspondence between Brady and assorted officials, among other papers, on CD. Footnote: Thomas Richard Brady was born July 7, 1878 to Anne and Patrick Brady of Dublin. He signed his Attestation Paper on June 17, 1897 at Curragh Camp in Dublin, Ireland, stating that he was 18 years and 11 months of age, that he had previous military service in the 4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, that he was not married and that his trade as that of Clerk. He served at home from July 17, 1897 until December 23, 1898, after which he was sent to South Africa, where the 2nd Dublins were based in Natal Colony and where they would still be when the Boer War began in 1899. Brady was promoted to Corporal on October 22, 1899 and is credited with having been there from December 24, 1898 until February 11, 1902, earning him the six clasp QSA and the two clasp KSA. After the war was over, he was transferred to the East Indies, from February 12, 1902 until November 8, 1903 and promoted to Sergeant on October 16, 1902, returning home thereafter, for two years. He is listed as having been in China from November 4, 1905 and posted as Sergeant, Chinese Regiment, until his departure on October 1, 1906. A request was received from the Commandant of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps, asking for a recommendation from the Commanding Officer, 2nd Dublin Fusiliers, in regards to the possible placement of Sergeant Brady in a possible vacancy in the stall of instructors in the Corps. The Commandant delivered a positive reply, stating that Brady was "an excellent accountant & clerk" and gave him a full recommendation. While serving at home for the next four years, in addition to his re-engaging for additional service on July 6, 1908 at Naas, Ireland and his promotion to Colour Sergeant on February 19, 1909, he married at the age of 28, Abigail Bertha Matthews, herself age 21, at Farham, on March 30, 1909. Brady is listed in his service records as having served in India from November 8, 1910 until December 23, 1914, although it is known that the 2nd Battalion itself left for Aldershot, England in 1910, where it received its new Colours from the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief the following year. The 2nd Battalion remained in England until the Great War began in 1914. What is confirmed is that he was Appointed Colour Sergeant Major on November 16, 1914 and stationed in England from December 24, 1914 until February 10, 1915. The 2nd Battalion RDF was now being prepared for action in the French and Belgian theatres, with Brady being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on February 11, 1915. He arrived with the 2nd Battalion RDF in France on March 23, 1915, ready for action. The Battalion took part in all but one of the subsidiary battles during the Second Battle of Ypres that took place between April 22 and May 24, 1915. The Battalion suffered heavily at the Battle of St. Julien, the second subsidiary battle, incurring hundreds of casualties. Brady was involved in a gas attack here by the Germans, at the age of 37, on May 2, as documented in a Medical Report, "whilst in trenches in front of St. Julien, during an attack, gas was sent over from German trenches. The gas got into his throat and lungs making him gasp and cough but he went on with his work. He could not walk more than a few yards without feeling exhausted." The next day, he was sent to hospital, where he remained until May 7, after which he embarked for England from Boulogne, France for Dover aboard the ship, St. Patrick. He spent three weeks hospitalized but did recover from the effects of the gas poisoning, returning to duty in early June, again with the 2nd Battalion in the French theatre. One year later, the British launched the Somme offensive on July 1, 1916, with the 1st and 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers taking part in the First Day of the Battle of the Somme that saw the British forces sustain horrific casualties, some 60,000, about 20,000 of which were killed. Brady was wounded on that very first day, suffering shell (shrapnel) wounds of his jaw and both legs. He was placed aboard the ship Oxfordshire, embarking Le Havre, France for Southampton, England on July 3, for treatment at St. Thomas Hospital in London. He was later transferred to his home country of Ireland, for additional treatment and convalescence at Central Military Hospital, Cork. The jaw mended well but a fever and the injured left knee continued to hobble him, imparing his general health. After several months and many medical reviews, he was deemed unfit for General Service but deemed fit for Home Service by a Medical Board. He was granted leave from the 2nd Battalion, RDF on November 16, 1916 as the result of his wounds suffered at the Somme and was placed with the 3rd Reserve Battalion, RDF at Cork. He remained at home for the duration of the war, seeing a promotion to Captain on June 6, 1918. (Prior to bidding, please be sure to read our terms and conditions including buyers premium)
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