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The Warke family pictured in 1910. From left to right, back row: Bobby, Jack, Margaret; middle row: John, Debbie, Julia, Elizabeth, Willie; bottom row, Edie, Samuel and Jasper; and girl on her own. Picture by kind permission of Ken McCormick

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This year marks the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. In honour of this, there are free events across the country, online activities and special broadcasts.




"Don't worry, he'll never see the front" - Elizabeth Warke was given words of reassurance when she went to complain that her youngest son, 16 year old Samuel, had gone to Castle Street in Derry to sign up for the army. Three weeks before the end of the war he was dead. The war also claimed the lives of his brothers, Martin, Bobby, and Jasper.



Window erected in memory of the Warke familyMany families were touched by the war. But one Derry family was devastated by it. Ken McCormick went to St Columb's Cathedral with Mark Patterson to relate the story of the Warke family.






People's War


Diamond War Memorial Site
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