Over the years we have had the pleasure to meet a great many people who have had their own stories to tell about a family member that served in the Great War; and because of the obvious pride and pleasure that was displayed to us, we have decided to create a section on our website just for them (and you).
If you would like to let us know about your Great War relative then we would be honoured to include their story. If you only have their name, rank, serial number and regiment, that's no problem, for we will include them so that their name can be remembered with respect and honour on this website, which is dedicate to the Irish men and women that served in the hell that was World War 1. However, we would ask that you make you story as concise as possible so that we do not have to edit it. If you wish that your details are not included and would prefer to remain anonymous, then please also let us know.
You can submit your story via the following;
Your Family's Great War Stories
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27122 Pte. James Joseph Sullivan - Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Enlisted: 6th June 1916 at the Grafton Street recruiting office in Dublin.
Age: 18 yrs.
Residence: Irishtown, Co.Dublin
Posted: 10th (Service) Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers at the Royal Barracks (later Collin’s Barracks), Dublin. The 10/RDF joined the 190th Brigade of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division in France.
Action: The Battle of Ancre (13th-18th Nov. 1916) where Pte. Sullivan was wounded by shrapnel on the first day of the battle at Beaumont Hamel.
Action: 2nd Battle of the Scarpe (23rd-24th Apr. 1917) where Pte. Sullivan fell ill.
Posted: 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers - 16th (Irish) Division in 1917 after illness and appendix operation.
Posted: 75th Brigade HQ – 25th Division
Demobilized: September 1919 - Cologne, Germany
Pte Sullivan’s granddaughter Rosemarie Meleady has published his memoires in an interesting short book entitled, ‘James Sullivan’s First World War Diary’ ISBN 978-0-9567233-9-0 and is priced at €10 (or €5 download).
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4161 L/Sgt. James Gerard Egan - Irish Guards
Maurice John Malachy Egan’s great uncle, 21 year old Lance Sergeant JAMES GERARD EGAN, Service No. 4161, of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards was killed in action on the 22/02/1915 in the trenches at Cuinchy. Apparently, he did not die instantly and was able to speak to his comrades for a short time before he passed away. It appears that although John Gerard survived for a short while after receiving his mortal wound(s), he died before medics could treat him.
He was present with the battalion when it left Locon on the 30th January with the 2nd Coldstream and marched via Béthune to Cuinchy. The 1/Irish Guards were in the Line engaged in repairs and improvements to the trench system while still engaging the enemy’s trench around 70 yards away. In the month that L/Sgt Egan was killed a further 4 officers and 33 other ranks were also killed by either sniper fire or enemy shelling with 5 officers and 85 other ranks wounded.
L/Sgt Egan was eventually laid to rest at the Pas de Calais Cuinchy Communal Cemetery in grave No. II.D.3. He was the son of John and Margaret Egan of Elerton, Loughrea Co. Galway.
For further information on the Irish Guards engagements, please see the history of the Irish Guards in the ‘Regimental Histories’ section.
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This next article for 'Your Stories' was given to us by Avril Daly from Cork. It is an extract from her grandfather's memoires, which were written when he was around 90 years of age and used in the BBC series and accompanying book called 'the Veterens'.