Thomas Callaghan (1924 - 1944)

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Thomas Callaghan
1924 - 1944
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c. 1924
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April 25, 1944
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Thomas Callaghan was born c. 1924. He died on April 25, 1944 at 20 years old.
Updated: July 24, 2019
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Manchester Southern Cemetery Sec. I. R.c. Grave 1125. in United Kingdom
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Service number: 14537471
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: Royal Ulster Rifles
Unit/ship/squadron: 1st Bn. The London Irish Rifles

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Thomas Callaghan died on April 25, 1944 at age 20. He was buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery Sec. I. R.c. Grave 1125., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1924. We are unaware of information about Thomas's immediate family.

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In 1924, in the year that Thomas Callaghan was born, on January 21st, Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union died. He had survived two assassination attempts but had subsequent physical problems, suffering 3 strokes. He was in such great pain, it is said that he asked Stalin to poison him. The circumstances of his death are still disputed. He did oppose Stalin as the next leader - nonetheless, Stalin won a power struggle and ruled as a Soviet dictator until his death in 1953.

In 1930, Thomas was just 6 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1934, by the time he was just 10 years old, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1944, in the year of Thomas Callaghan's passing, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

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