30 May 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan County Museum was heaving with excited anticipation last Wednesday evening when Sir Jack Leslie, at the age of 97, strode into the museum’s gallery to give a rare public talk on his experiences during World War II. The talk was being held in connection with the museum’s current exhibition; ‘Castle Leslie – Between Two Worlds’.

Over 140 people packed into the museum to hear the story of a man who has truly lived an incredible life. The curtain was brought up for the evening by Monaghan County Museum Curator, Liam Bradley. Mr. Bradley thanked the capacity crowd for supporting the museum as they continue in their yearlong series of events marking their 40th year of serving the community.

He noted how much he enjoyed working on the exhibition and getting to know Sir Jack and the rest of the Leslie family and paid tribute to their openness in allowing their fascinating family story to be displayed in public.

Sir Jack began his story with a rousing shout condemning the horrors of war and led the awe struck audience through his story of honour, duty, war, capture and eventual freedom. He spoke of landing on the beaches of Dunkirk and witnessing a veritable sea of British soldiers marooned on the beaches, over 300,000 in all.

He remembered how he and his fellow Irish Guards landed and began to provide covering fire for the retreating British forces. He along with many of his comrades was captured by the Germans. They were then forced marched along …

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