1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Walter Henry Irish

Contributed by: Simon Todd, on 2008-11-09

Walter 'Ben' Irish
Rank
First Name Walter Henry
Surname Irish
Year of Birth 1899
Year of Death 1973
Regiment Royal Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Bromley, Kent

Walter Henry's Story

Walter "Ben" Irish was knick named after a famous jockey. He joined the 19th Service Battalion Royal Fusiliers in April 1915 and was discharged in early November that same year with epilepsy given as the reason.

My grandfather never suffered from epilepsy, but was said to have told my Mum that he had been gassed. I have been told that he may have suffered ill effects from carbide gas during training.

He harboured guilt throughout his life that he stayed at home when his friends went off to die for their country.

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