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's 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. Robin joined the SCS in 2003 and served on the committee for 18 years as journal and web editor. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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