Great War survivors

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 5 (Sept/Oct 2012), Letters, Volume 20, World War I

Sir,—I wish success to the organisers of the monumental project to record all those from Ireland who survived the Great War (Sidelines, HI 20.3, May/June 2012). For readers who are interested, details of over 1,400 Great War survivors who at enlistment in the various branches of armed forces declared that they were born in County Louth have been available for a number of years on the County Louth genealogical website (click on the link to ‘The Returned Army’). This material was collected during research for my book The unreturned army—County Louth dead in the Great War 1914–1918 (2005) and is regularly updated. It is drawn from contemporaneous newspaper reports, casualty lists, and archive material both domestic and foreign. The most rewarding aspect of my project has been the facilitation of families who wish to have the role their ancestors played in the Great War acknowledged publicly.—Yours etc.,


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