The Irish at the Front

The Irish at the Front

The Irish at the Front

The Irish at the Front

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"Though I am an Englishman, I must say the Irish soldiers have fought magnificently. They are the cream of the Army. Ireland may well be proud of her sons. Ireland has done her duty nobly. Irishmen are absolutely indispensable for our final triumph."--Letter from Brigadier-General W. B. Marshal, of the 29th Division, on service at the Dardanelles.

"Your Irish soldiers are the talk of the whole Army. . . . Their landing at Suvla Bay was the greatest thing that you will ever read of in books. Those who witnessed the advance will never forget it. . . . God! the men were splendid."--Captain Thornhill, of the New Zealand Force.

"As you know, I am not Irish. I have no Irish connections whatever. In fact, I was rather opposed to the granting of Home Rule; but now, speaking honestly and calmly, after having witnessed what I did--the unparalleled heroism of these Irishmen--I should say nothing is too good to give the country of which they are, or rather were, such worthy representatives. My God I it was grand. It filled one with admiration and envy. . . . I have no religion, but it was most charming and edifying to see these fine chaps with their beads and the way in which they prayed to God. We are all brothers, but to my dying day I bow to the Irish."--Letter from a Scottish soldier at Gallipoli.

"Tell Ireland she may well be proud of the Irish Division. No men could have fought more gallantly or achieved better results. More of our countrymen are required to beat the Germans. I am certain that Ireland will respond as enthusiastically now as she has always done throughout her past history. Eire go brath!"--Lt.-General Sir Bryan Mahon, Commanding the 10th (Irish) Division.

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