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.