Saturday 21 April 2018

Remembering my great-grandfather and the Irish heroes lost to history

Tomorrow, President Higgins will view the Colours of the disbanded Irish Regiments from World War I

Handing Over The Colours St. George's Hall Windsor Castle June 1922. Photo: Facebook/Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Handing Over The Colours St. George's Hall Windsor Castle June 1922. Photo: Facebook/Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Attestation Papers (formal enlistment) for Sylvester James Cummins, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, dated 24 November 1914
Private Sylvester Cummins' signature on the receipt for his British War Medal, dated 26 May 1921.
Sylvester Cummins
Dr Elaine Byrne

Elaine Byrne

Alice was from France and her grandfather had fought in World War I.

We were waiting at 4am to catch the bus into the annual ANZAC Day service in Sydney city centre. This national day of commemoration is held at dawn every year to honour the Australian and New Zealand war dead that fell at Gallipoli, their biggest loss of life in the Great War.

I was a tourist with my camera taking photographs of old soldiers with their chest of medals. She was impatient, insisting we push through the large crowds of St Martin's Place toward the World War I cenotaph, the central focus of the commemoration.

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