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I Embarked for France: The War Diaries and letters of an English family in the Great War: Evelyn Ansell, 19th King’s Liverpool Regiment


Reviewed by Linda Parker. Although this narrative of a family’s journey and the mixed fortunes of war is focused on Evelyn Ansell, its first chapter, describing the end of a family holiday in August 1914, introduces his family as the lens through which the Great War is seen. As Meryl Moore comments 'I read these family letters and lived the war ye…

An Irish Soldier in the British Army


Survivors of 47 Brigade going back to rest area after the Battle of Guillemont-Ginchy, September 1916. Image: ‘Claremen in the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers’. J Kidney is listed in the section ‘Clare men in the Royal Munster Fusiliers and where they came from’. 16th (Irish) Division and the Gas Attacks at Hulluch (Loos) A…

'Ireland in the Great War in Cartoons' with Professor Chris Williams


‘Ireland and the Great War - in Cartoons’ with Chris Williams. Professor Chris Williams is the Head of College, at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork. He studied history at Balliol College, Oxford and for eight years was a history lecturer at the University of Swansea. This talk examines the ways in w…

The golden locket, the hidden grave and the forgotten soldier : Ireland April 1916


On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, as the independent Irish Republic was being declared from the steps of the General Post Office in Sackville Street (now O' Connell St), Dublin, Ireland, a young British army officer was preparing to go on duty. Lieutenant Guy Vickery Pinfield was twenty-one years old and was a rugby-playing, former student of Cambr…

Island of Ireland Trustee


Role/Purpose:  Promoting the constitutional aims and objectives of The Western Front Association on the island of Ireland and supporting all Irish branches and members. Key Function:  Island of Ireland Trustee As a trustee and member of the executive committee, liaise with and provide support to Irish branch chairmen and members, establish cont…

Gerry White


  Gerry is a founding member and chair of the Cork Branch since 2010.   He served forty-three years in the Irish Defence Forces and retired in 2017. During his military service he had the honour of representing Ireland at the Centenary Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme at Thiepval in 2016.   He has also published a number of books and …

9 February 1917 : Pte Phinlo St. John Quirk


Phinlo was the second son of Hugh Quirk (a master mariner and teacher of navigation) and his wife Anna (née Deadon) of The Hill, Armagh. There were three boys in all: Richard, then Phinlo then Gerald.  Phinlo was educated at Rathgar National School, Dublin. On leaving he was apprenticed as an Engineer at Harland & Wolff, Belfast. At t…

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. 28 – Military Recruitment in Ireland, 1916 – Dr William Butler


Dr William Butler (University of Kent) talks on ‘Can you any longer resist the call?’ Military Recruiting in Ireland, 1916. This was part of the branch’s Somme Conference held in October 2016. The normal routine of interviews will begin after the summer break.

Ep. 29 – Commemoration of the Great War in Ireland – Dr Chris Manson


Dr Chris Manson talks on ‘Commemoration of WW1 in Ireland’. This talk was given to Antrim and Down branch of the WFA in 2016. The normal routine of interviews will begin after the summer break. Your browser does not support the audio element. …

Ep. 60 – Wherever the firing line extends – Ronan McGreevy


Irish Times Journalist Ronan McGreevy about his book Wherever the Firing line Extends, published by the History Press Ireland. This book examines the legacy of the 23 Irish memorials to fallen men on the Western Front. In the podcast, Ronan talks about documentary he made that looks at the Irish involvement in the 1917 campaign. Details of where to…

Major Willie Redmond MP


William Hoey Kearney Redmond was born on 13 April 1861 to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother. After leaving school at Clongowes Wood College in Kildare he was commissioned as an officer in the Wexford Militia before becoming actively involved in politics. He campaigned for Charles Stewart Parnell in the 1880 General Election and two years la…

30 March 1918 : Corporal Joseph Blackwood


His parents were George and Elizabeth (née Lundy).  At the 1901 Census, age 5, Joseph was living at home, the youngest of eight children.  At the 1911 Census, age 15, Joseph was living at home with his parents and his much older brothers George and William, cousin Lizzie and a nephew.  He went to school at Coramlet National School and Armagh…

Ep. 86 – Dublin’s Great Wars, 1912-23 – Prof. Richard Grayson


Professor Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about his new book charting Dublin’s Great Wars, 1912-1923, that covers the role of Dubliners in the Great War, Easter Rising and Irish Revolution. His book is published by Cambridge University Press. …

Ep. 120 – Popular Responses to the Outbreak of WW1 – Prof Catriona Pennell


Prof Catriona Pennell, from the University of Exeter, talks about her book on the popular responses to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 (published by OUP). Your browser does not support the audio element. Her own interest in the perio…

Ep. 152 – Defence of Trinity College during the Easter Rising – Dr Rory Sweetman


Dr Rory Sweetman, of the Centre for Scottish and Irish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand talks about his recent book on the defence of Trinity College Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916. This is published by Four Courts Press.

Ep. 159 – The 2nd Inniskillings at Festubert, 1915 – Michael Nugent


Michael Nugent talks about his recent book into the 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the 1915 Battle of Festubert. This is published by Reveille Press. 

Ep. 163 – Tom Barry – British First World War soldier to IRA leader – Gerry White


Gerry White, Chairman of the Cork branch of The Western Front Association, talks about his research into Tom Barry, who was a British soldier in the First World and became a leading IRA commander during the Anglo-Irish War.

Ireland and the First World War by D Fitzpatrick (Ed.)


xiii, 120 pp, illustrated. Paper cover.  IRE5.95. The Lilliput Press, Gigginstown, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Republic of Ireland. 1988. ISBN 0 946640 34 4.  This book, written by students from Trinity College, Dublin, first appeared in 1986. It sold out almost at once and has now been revised and expanded.  A quarter of a million Irish men en…

Revolution? Ireland 1917-1923 by David Fitzpatrick


173 pp. Paperback. IR £3.95.  Trinity History Workshop, Dublin.  1990 ISBN 0 9511400 5 1.  Readers will recall the earlier book in this series, the essays by undergraduates of the University, entitled: Ireland and the First World War published in 1988. This latest book breaks new ground again and the article which is likely to be of most interes…

Irish Voices from the Great War by Myles Dungan


[This review first appeared in the September 2001 edition of Stand To! No. 62] Irish Academic Press Dublin, 1995, 219pp. $34.50. ISBN 0 7165 2573 9.  The Great War was the last time all Ireland fought a war as part of the British Empire. Indeed, Nationalists hold that the Great War gave birth to the legal entity that in time became the Republ…

Ep.230 – 'Staking the coffins' – the 1918 flu Epidemic in Ireland – Dr Ida Milne


Dr Ida Milne

Dr Ida Milne, Lecturer in European History at Carlow College, Ireland, talks about her recent book, 'Stacking the Coffins', that looks at the impact of 1918 Spanish Flu in Ireland at the end of the Great War and early 1920s. Her book is published by Manchester University Press.

20 February 1915 : Pte Owen Carroll, 4th Bn Irish Guards


His father was Edward Carroll (a gamekeeper) his mother Julia (née Clinton) He was wounded in the face serving with the 4th Bn Irish Guards some time between 1-6 November 1914.  He died in Hospital at Warley Barracks, Brentwood, the following year on 20 February 1915.  He is buried in Stabannan, County Louth, Ireland 3907 Pte Owen Carro…

Essex and the Irish War of Independence


On Wednesday 11th of May at the Village Hall at Hatfield Peverel, Jim Kevany will present a talk looking at the role of the Essex Regiment and Men of Essex during the period of the Irish War of Independence, 1920-22.  Meet at the hall 7:30 for an 8pm start. Bar facilities are available. Suggested entry donation is £3.50 As ever the meeting is ope…

Seminar Series 2022-2023


In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper – School of History, University of Kent in partnership with the Western Front Association and the Gateways Partnership present details of the seminar series, 2022-23. This is the seventh series of eight seminars on the history of the First World War, free and open to all. Ieper venue and start times: Educational…

'Wartime Dublin' with Professor Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London)


Traditionally, the story of Irish involvement in the First World War has been told in narratives separate to those of the Easter Rising and the wider Irish Revolution. Richard Grayson's 2018 book Dublin's Great Wars, offered a new narrative which combined all these events and processes, showing how the conflicts were closely intertwined. It also to…

Ep.272 - The Political and Social History of Ireland in the First World War - Dr Niamh Gallagher and Prof Richard Grayson


Dr Niamh Gallagher, University Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History at the Faculty of History, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge and Professor Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History, Head of History at Goldsmiths, University of London discuss Niamh’s recent book Ireland and the Great War. …

Irish Recruitment in the Great War


In May Dr Timothy Bowman will give a talk on: Irish Recruitment in the Great War Overall, about 210,000 Irish men and a few thousand Irish women served in the British forces during the Great War. The traditional view of Irish recruitment, established immediately after the Great War, was that only Ulster Protestants had responded to Britain's call…

Addison Barnes Perrott Hadden MC - South Irish Horse in the First World War


For many years, I have had in my sewing basket the buttons from the uniform of the South Irish Horse and the cap badge of the Officer Training Corps (OTC)from Trinity College Dublin. These were given to me by my grandmother with reference to my grandfather, “who had received a medal” in the First World War. She did not describe what he had done. M…

‘French Military Intelligence in Ireland 1913 to 1923’ by Will Bryant


This presentation will examine the activities of France's external military intelligence service, the Deuxième Bureau de l'État-major general, in Ireland from 1899 to 1923. It will look at the political and military situation in Ireland at that time, along with some of its main political and military leaders. The successes of French military intell…

'The United States Naval Air Service in Ireland' by Will Bryant


During the last months of the Great War, five United States Naval Air Stations were constructed in Ireland. The aircraft located in these stations were tasked with providing ‘top-cover’ for Allied convoys and attacking German U-boats. Four of the stations contained Curtiss H-16 Flying Boats. These aircraft were built by the Curtiss company and the …

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves and War Memorials in Ireland by Tom Spillane


Over a number of years, Tom Spillane has visited cemeteries all over Ireland to photograph the headstones on Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) graves from the Great War. He has also photographed a number of war memorials and the headstones of service personnel buried in Ireland who survived the conflict. In this presentation he shares some …

Ep.325 – County Mayo, 1912-23 – Prof Joost Augusteijn


In this podcast Professor Joost Augusteijn talk about his in-depth study of County Mayo, 1912-23.


Delving into a period of unprecedented turmoil, this examination offers a comprehensive loo…

First World War Seminar Series 2023-2024 : Opportunities to explore the history, legacy and impact of the First World War


This annual seminar series, now in its eighth year, and supported by The Western Front Association is organised by the University of Kent School of History and the In Flanders Fields Museum, Leper/Ypres, Belgium. It will cover a variety of topics on the First World War. As in previous years the lectures will alternate between Canterbury and Lep…

Ep.333 – Ireland in Ypres, 1914 – 2014 – Dr Dominiek Dendooven


Dr. Dominiek Dendooven delves into the history of Ireland’s involvement and representation in Flanders during the First World War.

Dominiek, an expert in this field, offers insights into the c…

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