1916 Trench Sign: Irish Uprising
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|Title||1916 Trench Sign: Irish Uprising|
|Notes||The history of the photo is that it was given to my granddad by a Major Hand in the 1930's. My granddad was working for the Major (a retried British Army Officer) as a gardener in Mooncoin, co. Kilkenny. |
The Germans knew that the trench in front of them was occupied by a Irish Regiment, and put the sign up to tell them what was going on back home in Ireland, the Major told my Granddad that they fired a few rounds at the sign and did not believe or understand what the sign was about till weeks later when the news filtered through about the 1916 rising back home in Ireland. The Major took the photo, after the British had captured the German trench a month later.
Photograph of wooden board with pinned paper message: 'Irishmen! Heavy uproa[.] in Ireland, english guns are firing at your wives and children | 1st May 1916'.
|Item Date||May 1916|
|Creation place||The Somme|
|Item medium||Photographic paper|
|Copyright||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor|
|Digital repository||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford|
|Contributor Name||Peter Carolan|
|Contributed on the behalf of||NO|