Details about 1916 Easter Rebellion Dublin Trinity College Silver CupSee original listing
07 Sep, 2011 12:01:20 BST
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St Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom
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|Type:||Silver Moira Cup|
|Country/ Organization:||Great Britain||Conflict:||Easter Rebellion 1916|
VERY RARE Silver Moira Cup:
Height 16.5cm and Diameter 16cm:
Maker: West & Sons
Hallmark: Dublin 1914
Inscribed: Pte King
(reverse) DEFENCE OF T.C.D. SINN FEIN REBELLION, EASTER 1916
The Cup was awarded to 9208 Private Garnet Douglas King 4th South African Infantry
Born in Natal, King had already served in the Zulu Rebellion, he later served in German South West Africa, Dublin & France.
He was in Trinity College at the time the Rebellion and was a Lewis Gun Instructor to the OTC.
There were 14 Colonial Instructors at the College and their experience as snipers and in case of King an accomplished Lewis Gunner provided invaluable defending the College. A recent book by Jeff Kildea "Anzacs in Ireland" mention an Aussie fighting with a" kilted" South African.
When King was informed he was to be presented with a Cup he wrote to the OTC and enquired about receiving it as he was leaving for France,
and could the Cup be sent to his mother in South Africa? A reply was sent to his mother on the 11 September stating due to high postage costs it would be retained at the college. (Copies of the letters and his service papers included)
Sadly King was killed the following year, Tuesday 17 April 1917.
However his Cup was sent to his mother in South Africa at a later date.
I did an article for the Medal Society of Ireland No.52 June 2002 on Pte King and the Moira Cup.
(West & Sons advert NOT INCLUDED, it is taken from an original Sinn Fein Handbook: for sale in my Other Items)
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