Over 200, 000 Irishmen and women enlisted in the Great War, 1914-18. Over 35, 000 were killed, including Jack Coleman, my mother’s uncle. This is something I only found out about in the last couple of weeks, and something I plan on researching more. His sister married a British soldier, Jack Moore and was somewhat ostracized from the family for doing so, whilst his brother, Jim “Pops” Coleman, my grandfather, was a member of the Mullingar Batallion of the old IRA.
Irish family histories are often steeped in rumour and heresay; positive discrimination when it comes to involvement in the War of Independence, mixed discrimination when it comes to the Civil War, and often ignorance when it comes to the Great War or WWII.
I came across the above pictures a week or so ago on the dublin.ie forum, a stained glass window in Cathal Brugha Barracks dedicated to the memory of the 16th Irish Division. It was from looking at this that my mother started talking about the family history so I thought it was worth sticking these up here.
Credit to Breener for the images.