Visit to Ireland Medal 1903, EDVII, King Edward VII’s Visit Commemoration Medal, with shamrock top brooch (pin missing), Acting Sergeant E.J. Donnelly, Royal Irish Constabulary.
Very high research potential as he is mentioned in many newspaper entries and court documents from his long and distinguished service in the Irish newspaper archives.
The enlistment records show Londonderry Born Edward J Donnelly as having enlisted during 1889.
Noted as appointed Head Constable in the County of Louth at Dundalk Station from 1st September 1913.
Shown on the 1914 Constabulary lists volume 25, for 1914, as Sergeant in Charge of Castle Island Police Station in Kerry.
Northern Whig, 10th Dec 1917: “D.I. Congratulated, The Magistrates at Dundalk Petty Sessions congratulated Head-Constable Donnelly on being promoted to be D.I. of Manorhamilton.”
Londonderry Sentinel, 04/12/1917.
“Head Constable Donnelly, Dundalk, has been promoted to the rank and pay of District Inspector, the New District Inspector joined the force in 1890 from county Londonderry. He was promoted Acting-Sergeant in 1903, sergeant in 1906, and counties of Kilkenny, Down, Kerry, Cork, Louth and is going to Manorhamilton on his promotion.”
Edward James Donnelly was born on 8th August 1870, in Londonderry,
His appointments over a long career ending as a high ranking 2nd District Inspector:
Constable, 15th May 1890
Acting Sergeant, 1st Jan 1903 (Just before earning this medal)
Sergeant, 1st May 1906
Head Constable, 1st September 1913
3rd District Inspector, 3rd December 1917
2nd District Inspector, 21st May 1918.
The remarks on his promotion to an Inspector: “Has served before promotion in Kileavy, Antrim, Donegal, Waterford, Down, Kerry, Cork.”
Finally retired to a handsome pension of £240 per annum once he reached the age of 50 on 15th October 1920.