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Finding Wee Paddy Screening

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Nerve Centre

7-8 Magazine Street

Londonderry

BT48 6HJ

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After a successfully funded Kickstarter Campaign, Film Festival Selections and Award Wins, Squeaky Pedal are proud to bring 'Finding Wee Paddy' to the Nerve Centre in Derry telling the incredible true story of the discovery of a lost Derry born soldier’s grave in Shanghai.

On the 24th October 1937,
25-year-old Rifleman Patrick McGowan of Derry/ Londonderry was killed by fire from a Japanese aircraft whilst out on patrol with the Royal Ulster Rifles in Shanghai. His death sent shockwaves around the globe, causing a political outcry as the world teetered on the brink of international conflict.

This documentary tells two incredible stories. That of Patrick McGowan who escaped a troubled upbringing only to be tragically killed by a Japanese force testing the crumbling British Empire’s resolve in the Far East. We will explain why Patrick was sent to Shanghai, and how his death not only plunged Anglo-Japanese relations to a new low, but also created one last flowering of solidarity and comradeship between the remaining great powers before the carnage of the Second World War and the huge commitment Sara made to her Uncle, and the journey she went on to find him.

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