Visit to Ireland 1900, the Queen Victoria’s Commemoration Medal, Police Sergeant T. Doyle, Dublin Metropolitan Police.
Officially engraved: “P.S. T. Doyle. D.M.P.”
A few men named Thomas Doyle as served in the DMP over the years, but there is only one T. Doyle who was likely to be still serving at the time, this was Thomas Doyle, born during 1861, previously a labourer living in Killaveney, Ballinglen, Wicklow.
He joined the DMP on 21st July 1882. (The other youngest Thomas Doyles had joined the DMP in the early 1870s)
He appears to be the same Sergeant who died suddenly at the station during 1903 as found in the local Irish newspapers.
Irish Independent, 2nd April 1903 reads: “DOYLE – March 31, 1903, suddenly, at the D.M.P. Station, Kilmainham, Station Sergeant Thomas Doyle, only brother of Michael J. Doyle, Knockmaroon and Ashtown. Deeply mourned by his wife, young family, mother, brother and numerous friends. High Mass at St Pauls, Mount Argus, Harold’s Cross, at 10 o’clock this Thursday, Funeral immediately after for Glasnevin, R.I.P.”
Freeman’s Journal, 3rd April 1903:
“FUNERAL OF STATION SERGEANT DOYLE D.M.P.
The remains of the late Station-Sergeant Thomas Doyle, A Division, Kilmainham, who died under such sudden circumstances, were removed from the Church of the Passionists, Mount Argus, after requiem mass, yesterday for internment in Glasnevin Cemetery.
The funeral was proceeded by a party of constables, followed by the band of the force, playing the Death March, alongside of which walked a number of friends of the deceased, there being brought up by a number of constables walking 4 deep.
The remainder of the procession consisted of the mourners, and a number of carriages occupied by civilian friends and members of the force.
The Late Mr Doyle was for a considerable period stationed in the C division and was a highly respected member of the Metropolitan Force, Sergeant Denis Carey, of the Drill Staff, Kevin Street, was in charge of the police arrangements.”