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15 August 1917 : Pte Samuel Young


He was the son of John (a brickmaker) and Elizabeth. At the 1891 they lived in Gold's Green, West Bromwich, though ten years later, when Samuel was 10, the family had moved to Tunbridge Wells. Another decade and in April 1901 Sam was visiting relatives, the Lloyd family, back in Gold's Green. Another decade and he is married with children - he h…

Willie Redmond and the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Messines


June 7th 2017 was the centenary of the Battle of Messines, a battle in which the Catholic and Nationalist 16th(Irish) Division fought side by side with the Protestant and Unionist 36th (Ulster) Division. In view of this Irish involvement, a joint Ireland – United Kingdom commemoration was held at the Irish Peace Park in Messines. As the great-gran…

Who was Ronald Johnson ? 29 May 1917


Prologue With the Glazer family takeover of Manchester United Football Club between 2003 and 2005 a group of Manchester United supporters, who were disillusioned at the way that ‘modern' football was being run (and organised in general), decided to form their own, totally democratic, supporter-owned, breakaway club. After much discussion, this new…

Ep. 16 – The Myths of the Irish at Messines – Dr Tim Bowman


Dr Tim Bowman, University of Kent, gives a guest lecture at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines (7 June) which involved the Irish raised divisions, 16th Irish and 36th Ulster. His talk addresses the myths which have grown up around the battle. …

Ep. 93 – Willie Redmond MP – John Green


John Green talks about his relative Irish nationalist politician Major Willie Redmond MP, who was killed at the Battle of Messines in June 1917.