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Leinster Leader 23 April 1977

Fought In First World War
A man who fought with distinction in World War I and took part in most of the major battles in France died last week at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy, at the age of about 83. He was Mr. Dick Warren, Killeen, Narraghmore. He served in the Irish Guards. Standing just 6 ½  feet tall, he was once described by a senior officer as the finest looking man in the regiment.
One of the great encounters in which he took part was the Battle of the Somme. He was wounded a number of times, and lost part of his fingers under cannon fire.
On return to civilian life he became a road maker for Kildare County Council, and later worked his horse and cart for that body. He lived on his small farm with his sisters, the Misses Bridget and Anne Warren, who survive him. Also surviving him is his brother, Michael.
As a young man he was a prominent athlete, and won important sprint races. Throughout his life he remained remarkably active, and up to about a month ago continued to cycle.
He was a very pleasant, unassuming man people liked and trusted instinctively. An interesting conversationalist, he was quite an authority on local history. The many who knew him deeply regret his passing. He was interred in Crookstown Cemetery after Requiem Mass.

The Leinster Leader of 23 April 1977 reports on the death of a WWI veteran from Athy

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