08 May 2010

Corporal Thomas Michael LAHIFF

NX131474 Corporal Thomas Michael LAHIFF has proved to be a difficult man to track. Bill and Yuku really had to dig hard to track down a relative. Through electrol rolls, service records and BDM records we have located Lahiff's great grand nephew.
Lahiff died in 1978 and is buried at Botany Catholic Cemetery (now Eastern Suburbs memorial), where he joined his mother and his brother Joseph who died of phneumonia, while in hospital recovering from wounds recieved during WWI. Thomas' RSL Sub-Branch had to stepped in and pay for his funeral to excuse him a 'pauper's funeral', which truly is the greatest insult a nation can show to a soldier.
These medals are in as issued condition.
The returned medal tally is now 642.

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