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Katherine's Dad sent in this real WW2 army trench shovel. He told us the following information-
During WW2 American soldiers lived in Rathmore. The convent was their base and they lived and worked there. Rathmore was used as a radio tower. The building was run down at this time and wasn't used as a school until 1949.
Several years ago one of the American soldiers visited the school and was amazed that the building was now a school.
He later returned to Rathmore and gifted this Army trench shovel to the school. The soldier had brought it with him on D-Day one of the biggest battles of WW2.
The date on the shovel says 1942. It was used to dig trenches that soldiers would sleep in. The shovel could also be used as a weapon.
What an interesting piece of WW2 history!