"They Gave Us Six Hours To Bury The Dead"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Johnny Burke talks about his experiences during the First World War including a heavy defeat to the Turks in the Mesopotamian campaign. During a break in the fighting to bury the dead Johnny recalls meeting with Turkish soldiers.

  • Title
    Johnny Burke
  • 1st Broadcast
    17/01/1965
  • Contributor
    Ted Nealon (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:38
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    On The Land
  • Clip title
    "They Gave Us Six Hours To Bury The Dead"
  • Extended description

    Johnny Burke tells reporter Ted Nealon about his experience during the First World War. Johnny fought first in France after the retreat at Mons. From France Johnny went to Mesopotamia where the British army suffered a heavy defeat. Johnny praises the Turks for allowing time for the dead to be buried. During the amnesty for the dead to be buried Johnny met some of those he had been fighting. His memory of the Turkish soldiers is of the poor condition they were in.

    Johnny Burke also recalls marching through the desert to Baghdad and to Falluja. When it was time to be sent home, he was told he was going to the UK (United Kingdom) but Johnny had no idea what the UK was and had to ask an officer to explain.

  • Information

    'On the Land' was a weekly programme for farmers broadcast from 1962 to 1971. Jack White, Head of Public Affairs, Telefis Eireann, wrote,

    "Good cover of farming is a basic duty for a television network that serves an agricultural country. Telefis Eireann is anxious to do its bit to make for a better life on the land."

    (RTV Guide, 9 February 1966. Vol.1, No.11, p.6)

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Johnny Burke,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Ballinasloe, Galway, France, Mons, Baghdad, Falluja
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1965
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    D1723
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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