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    Headstones will be erected in honour of the Irish servicemen and women who lost their lives as a result of the First World War and Second World War.

    Relatives of the troops, whose names are listed on the the Glasnevin Trust website, are asked to come forward for an ecumenical service in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery on November 11.

    Historian Shane MacThomais said war dead were part of history. Their graves will be marked under a project by the Trust and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    "These people are somewhat the forgotten people, anonymous people, who joined the British Army and lost their lives," said Mr MacThomais.

    "They were buried in unmarked graves and forgotten about generation after generation."

    The majority of the 41 men and two women were in their late teens or early 20s when they died. Many were poor, living in workhouses or tenements, and had contracted the Spanish flu or infections from combat wounds.

    Mr MacThomais revealed other soldiers had been gassed in the trenches in France and Gallipoli, discharged and came home to Dublin, where they later died from the knock-on effects like diseases of the lungs.

    While many poor families could simply not afford to buy a grave for loved ones, he revealed other soldiers, shamed for joining the British forces, had served under false names.

    Mr MacThomais added: "In 1914 it was very popular to join the British Army, but by 1918 it was very unpopular so these people would come home and say nothing."

    The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
    (George Bernard Shaw, Playwright, 1856 - 1950)

  • #2
    Sad to think they lay in Glasnevin all those years without recognition


    • #3
      Originally posted by sofa View Post
      Sad to think they lay in Glasnevin all those years without recognition
      Indeed. And anyone pointing this out was labelled as a " revisionist " historian.