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Obituaries

Hoeys Dublin Mercury 30 Apr - 2 May   1771: Deaths: At his house in Great
Booter Lane, aged 85 years, Maj Walter WOLFFE ... his nephew Gen WOLFFE

Wolfe John E. May 31, 1897, at 358 W. 47th St., husband of Bridget, nee Carmody, aged 44 yrs., native of Ashgrove, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Funeral from St. Cecelia's Church to Mt. Olivet   (see Missing Friends)

Woulfe Thomas Jan. 26, 1898, at 702 W. 43rd st., husband of Maria, nee Broderick, brother-in-law of James Broderick, native of Rouskey,  Aurdee, Co. Limerick. Funeral from St. Gabriel's Church to Calvary   (see Missing Friends)

Burial

Buried at the ruined (the old church) church of Clonmel about 3/4 mile north of Cobh is the grave of the Rev. Charles Wolfe (l791-l823), author of The Burial of Sir John Moore.

The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna

Not a drum was heard, nor a funeral note,
As his corse to the rampart we hurried;
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O'er the grave where our hero we buried.

We buried him darkly at dead of night,
The sods with our bayonets turning;
By the struggling moonbeam's misty light
And the lanthorn dimly burning.

No useless coffin enclosed his breast,
Nor in sheet nor in shroud we wound him;
But he lay like a warrior taking his rest
With his martial cloak around him.

Few and short were the prayers we said,
And we spoke not a word of sorrow;
But we steadfastly gazed on the face that was dead,
And we bitterly thought of the morrow.

We thought, as we hollowed his narrow bed
And smoothed down his lonely pillow,
That the foe and the stranger would tread o'er his head,
And we far away on the billow!

Lightly they'll talk of the spirit that's gone
And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him,--
But little he'll reck, if they let him sleep on
In the grave where a Briton has laid him.

But half of our heavy task was done
When the clock struck the hour for retiring:
And we heard the distant and random gun
That the foe was sullenly firing.

Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
From the field of his fame fresh and gory;
We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
But left him alone with his glory.

Charles Wolfe



Notes:
The battle of Corunna was part of the Peninsular Warb(Portugal - Spain)

January 16, 1809: Sir John Moore, given command, takes the small British army through Portugal and into Spain to support the rumoured Spanish uprising and relieve Madrid. When this proves to be false, he has to retreat over and through terrible snow covered mountains pursued by Bonaparte himself with a massive army. Though saving Spain from fulI occupation and conquest by the French, he partially loses control of his army and scenes of drunkeness ensue. At Corunna harbour, he defeats the French pursuit under Marshal Soult but is killed at the moment of victory.

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