New Figures on the Irish Who Fought for Canada in WW1

There's a very good article here from The Irish Times on new numbers from the Department of National Defence in Canada on the Irish who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War 1, although the number is likely underestimated. There is a new history project initiative in Sligo to help find a more exact number of deaths than just the 11 men accounted for from that county. Read the original article here:

New figures show almost 20,000 Irishmen fought for Canada in WW1

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Tags: Battles, Canada, Military History, WW1, World War 1, history

Comment by Jim Curley on August 2, 2014 at 12:39pm

Anybody else catch the irony: Small countries must be free. Belgium, yes; Ireland, no.

Comment by Fran Reddy on August 2, 2014 at 1:07pm

Yes, Jim, I had thought about that re: the poster when I added it...

Comment by Joseph F. Collins on August 5, 2014 at 1:19pm

There is a line in "The Foggy Dew" that goes "Twas England bade our Wild Geese go that small nations might be free.  But their patriot graves are by Suvla's waves or the fringe of the great North Sea."  Suvla was one of the battle grounds in the Gallipoli Campaign.

Comment by Jim Curley on August 5, 2014 at 2:39pm
Suvia's actually the bay upon which Gallipoli is situated.

Joseph: As you know, that song then continues "But had they died by Pearse's side or fought with Cathal Brugha. Their graves we'd keep where the Fenians sleep 'neath the shroud of the foggy dew."

Actually I've heard "Valera true" substituted for "Cathal Brugha" I guess which you prefer would depend on what you think of Dev.

Comment by Fran Reddy on August 5, 2014 at 3:32pm

Interesting that it came from the song! Thanks!


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