In Memory of Britain’s Declaration of War with Germany Aug. 4th 1914

Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler, Listed for the Connaught Rangers, 1878, Oil on canvas, 107 x 169.5 cm, Collection Bury Art Museum
Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler, Listed for the Connaught Rangers, 1878, Oil on canvas, 107 x 169.5 cm, Collection Bury Art Museum

Verse from the poem “Doing His Duty” by my grand-uncle Private Edward Cunningham (Castlebar), 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers:

“You’d be proud of the old Connaughts

When they rush in to prod the Huns

On the Marne and Yser we used the trusty steel

And it proved our faithful all on many a bloody field.

And at the close of each victory

We cheered for Home Rule and the Volunteers.”

Le Havre, France (15th May, 1915)

Edward Cunningham died at the Battle of Hanna on January 21st 1916 which took place between Basra and Bagdad. Around 140 miles from Bagdad and 250 miles from Basra. One of the most infantile campaigns of the British generals in the First World War.

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