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1901 - The return home of the North Cork Militia Corps.

....The transport Pinemore, from Cape Town, having en board the North Cork Militia Corps, arrived at Queenstown at six o'clock this morning. The Duke of Connaught will meet the officers and men on disembarkation, and will present war medals.
....In addition to the sixteen officers and 457 men of the North Cork Rifles, the Pinemore brought eleven officers and 656 men of the 3rd South Lancashire Militia, fourteen men of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade, two civil surgeons, and two nurses. The Pinemore leaves this evening for Southampton.
....The officers and men of the North Cork Rifles Militia, who disembarked at the deep water quay, were inspected by the Duke of Connaught, Commander of the Forces in Ireland, who subsequently presented each officer and man with a three clasp war medal. Before making the presentation his Royal Highness, in addressing Colonel Cooke Collis, who is in command of the corps, said he came specially to welcome the regiment by command of the King, and to present them with medals. He said the North Cork Rifles had the honour of being the first Militia regiment to volunteer for active service, and during the 18 months the regiment was absent the officers and men had experienced hard work, and conducted themselves with honour to their country. He deeply regretted that some of the officers and men who went to the front did not return, but they had done their duty nobly, and would not be forgotten. After the Duke had warmly shaken hands with all the officers, Colonel Cooke Collis replied on behalf of the regiment, and hearty cheers were given by the people and troops for the Duke of Connaught. Lord Bandon then read an address of welcome to the troops on behalf of the Reception Committee, and Colonel Cooke Collis having suitably replied, the proceedings terminated. There was a large and distinguished gathering present at the presentation.
Derby Daily Telegraph, Thursday 1st August 1901
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