Nurse Colhoun & The Bombing of Vertekop, 1917

Nurse Colhoun & The Bombing of Vertekop, 1917

It was not the first time the German bombers had struck. The previous summer, when the nurses first arrived at Vertekop, there had been three air raids. This was one was so much worse. Seventeen bombs fell on the Red Cross hospital that morning. When the dust settled,...
The Glorious Madness – An Appreciation by Sebastian Barry

The Glorious Madness – An Appreciation by Sebastian Barry

That great silence which accreted around the extraordinary conflagration of the Great War in so far as it affected Ireland, has been often, ironically, spoken of in our time. But there always has been a trace of the war, silence or no silence, inside, literally,...
Alan Appleby Drew  (1884-1915)

Alan Appleby Drew  (1884-1915)

My hairbrush once belonged to Alan Drew, my father’s great-uncle, who was killed in one of those pointless over-the-top charges in World War One. Prior to his death, Alan taught at Mostyn House (the school near Liverpool where he studied as a boy), learned how...