Unique silvered/chromed? Death Plaque to David John Kearns. 165.

This man has been accepted by the In From The Cold Project six weeks ago on 17/10/2019 to be included in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission sometime in the future.

Initially served under number 17098 with Depot Battery, R.F.A. and discharged on payment of £10 at Woolwich, in 1897. Served with the Leinster Regiment under number 5469 from 1898 to 1905. Served pre-war in Canada, at home and South Africa in the Boer War. Re-engaged on 26/09/1914 at Dublin. Served with the R.D.F. from 26/09/1914 to 29/10/1915, then promoted and transferred to the Army Cyclist Corps.

Husband of Catherine  Kearns (nee Katie Geoghegan, married at St Laurence O’Toole Church, Roundwood, County Wicklow on 06/02/1905)daughter of Thomas Geoghegan, labourer, Knockraheen, County Wicklow), Kilquade, Rathdrum (address from Julia’s birth cert). Father of Norah, Mary Ann, and Julia Kearns. Son of Michael Kearns, and Dorn Kearns, Farmer, Thorncliff Camp, Kent (address from marriage cert). One of his daughters, Elizabeth, born 30/11/1907, died 08/12/1916.

Died after discharge at Mullinaveige, Annamoe, County Wicklow, from Epilipsy folllwoing shell shock 3 1/2 days cardiac failure 2 hours certified. His brother Michael was present at death. Discharged 16/02/1917 ‘no longer physically fit for war service’-General Paralysis of the Insane.