Shane MacGowan’s widow issues appeal to help find ‘stolen’ 1916 rifle

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1 May 2024, 14:33

Shane MacGowan on stage, Shane with wife Victoria Mary Clark

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The widow of The Pogue’s musician Shane MacGowan has begged fans to help her find his missing 1916 rifle. 

Victoria Mary Clarke took to X (formerly Twitter) to plead with followers to track down the historical weapon, a Lee-Enfield rifle, which was used during the Easter Rising. 

In her post, she described the rifle as “historically significant” as it was used during the Irish rebellion in 1916, which saw insurgents seize the General Post Office, or GPO, in Dublin. It was there when the proclamation beginning the insurrection against British rule was made. 

Victoria wrote: “Shane’s 1916 rifle has gone missing, most likely been stolen. It was a birthday gift to ⁦@ShaneMacGowan⁩ from a dear musician friend and it was used in the GPO so it was historically significant. It was a Lienfield 303 and it has H Munn etched on it.”

Shane sadly passed away aged 65 in November 2023 after years suffering from numerous health issues. 

He was diagnosed with encephalitis in December 2022. Shane had recently returned from hospital after a long stay in intensive care and had been using a wheelchair since 2015 after damaging his pelvis and right knee.

Victoria has been open with fans about her grief following the loss of her musician husband, and revealed in an interview with Good Morning Britain in December that she had “dreaded” his death after years of health issues. 

She said at the time: “I thought that I would fall apart. I thought I’d die, I thought I’d not be able to speak, comatosed or go on drugs myself - something like that.”

However, she added comfortingly to viewers: “I want you all to know [losing a loved one] is not as bad as you think it’s going to be and there’s a huge amount of love that comes your way when you lose someone that you didn’t really expect.”

Victoria also hinted at the prospect of compiling some unheard melodies into a book of 'unpublished stuff' in the future.

She told The Guardian: “I guess at some point we will be doing a book of his unpublished stuff because there are quite a lot of unpublished songs,” she shared.