Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Irishmen in the Great War
Reports from the front 1915
By Tom Burnell
Following the success of the first book in the series covering 1914, Irishmen in the Great War: Reports from the Front 1915 contains over 150 hand-picked news stories taken from a selection of twenty-seven Irish newspapers throughout the course of that year.
These rare and untapped stories, many of which have not seen the light of day since the 1920s, give a unique insight into life on the front line and on the home front during the Great War. We see letters from lieutenants in the Leinsters, privates in the Munsters at Egypt, the Connaughts at Turkey, a fifteen-year-old soldier of the 18th London Irish Rifles, a Kilmoganny soldier writing to the Kilkenny People during a lull in the fighting, letters explaining how the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles fought at Neuve Chapelle and an officer’s harrowing description of a gas attack at Hill 60.
The author, Tom Burnell, lives in Tipperary. He is an Irish Army veteran of ‘The Troubles’; historian, lexicographer author and former Research Curator at St Mary’s Famine and War Museum, County Tipperary. He has spent the past seven years compiling forgotten articles from all the regional newspapers. He has eight previously published titles, seven covering the war dead of Ireland.