Can You Help?February 2, 2015 ADMIN 0
We received an email from author Allan Stanistreet who is looking for some help in obtaining some biographical information on two recipients of the Albert Medal (the UK’s highest civilian award before the George Cross in 1940). Both men were from Balbriggan. As the author of two books on the Albert Medal (the UK’s highest civilian award before the George Cross in 1940) I am always seeking biographical information on its recipients. I understand that TWO recipients were natives of Balbriggan. From my research over the last thirty years, it is a unique honour for Balbriggan, as nowhere else have I found more than one recipient.
One of these men (they are both men) was Nicholas Rath, who earned the AM in Gold for his rescue of a pilot from a 300 foot radio mast in the Great War, the act taking place in England.. David Snook of Rush mentioned this in the Fingal Independent last December.
Much less is known of the other man. This was No. 3152 Private Edward (or Edwin) McCarthy of 2nd Battalion the Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment ((Royal Canadians). McCarthy had already earned the Military Medal (London Gazette 23 February 1918) for bravery in the field (unfortunately there is no citation for this) but on 6 January 1919, while stationed in Germany, he saved the lives of two small children who were in the path of two runaway horses pulling a limber in the village of Wermels-Kirchen. Unfortunately, the reins broke and he was thrown under the limber, sustaining injuries from which he subsequently died. He lies buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 5. The London Gazette announced the posthumous award of the Albert Medal on 18 July 1919
I would very much appreciate any help anyone can give regarding biographical information on either or both of these gallant men.
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