Contributed by: John Mahony, on 2008-11-09
|Year of Birth||1890|
|Year of Death||1965|
|Regiment||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Dublin, Ireland|
My father joined the 2nd Battn Royal Irish Rifles in 1908 and went to France with the BEF in August 1914. His battallion was attacked by the Germen Army at Mons on 23rd August when he was shot through the head and, paralysed, left for dead and reported KIA. His mother received a sympathy letter from the King, signed by Kitchener, which I still have.
He was cared for by Belgian nuns until collected by the Germans and taken to a POW camp for Irish prisoners at Limburg. There the prisoners were addressed by Sir Roger Casement who invited them to join an army to invade Ireland. In 1916 he was exchanged by the Red Cross and returned to England where he gave evidence to MI5 to be used at Casement's trial for treason. He then spent some time in a Military hospital until discharge from the Army.