Erin go bragh! Happy St Patrick’s Day

For St Patrick’s Day I think there is only one appropriate subject: 10th (Irish) Division’s grim action at Kosturino in the winter of 1915.

As luck would have it, SCS Chair – Alan Wakefield – gave an online talk to the Western Front Association (WFA) last month on this very subject which can be viewed on Facebook:

Alan will also be giving a talk to the Dublin WFA on Saturday 20th March at 2pm, entitled ‘Better Than No War At All’ – 10th (Irish) Division in the Salonika Campaign 1915-1917, follow the link below to find out more and book your place on Zoom:

This is also a good opportunity to share that wonderful military march, St Patrick’s Day, which was the quick march of a number of Irish regiments, not just the Connaught Rangers:

and, while I’m at it, I’ll include the song of the Connaught Rangers written by an officer in the Regiment – Lt Charles Martin – to the tune Killaloe at the end of the nineteenth century and given a spirited performance here by the folk group, The Druids in 1971. I can’t believe that the song wasn’t heard in some form as 5/Connaught Rangers marched into Serbia in 1915.

Author: Robin B

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008, when he became the Society's web editor - a role he will soon relinquish. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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