"Maybe Your Own Officer Would Shoot You"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Discipline could be harsh in the British Army, Jack King, who fought in the Royal Irish Regiment, outlines strong measures used to stiffen the nerves of the troops.

  • Title
    Memories of World War 1
  • 1st Broadcast
    24/10/1984
  • Contributor
    Jim Fahy (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:05
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Looking West
  • Clip title
    "Maybe Your Own Officer Would Shoot You"
  • Extended description

    Jack King recalls the tough disciplinary measures used in the British Army including beatings and shootings.

    "You had to follow instructions if you didn't maybe your own officer would shoot you as well as the others, you see that was how it was. They would they would shoot you if you didn't do what they told you. Or they would beat you..some of them would beat hell out of you." 

    Jack also remembers been given a liquid to drink before going into action.  "When you have it drank about half an hour after you would go through the wall. There was no wall in the world would stop you. Whatever the hell was in the thing."   

  • Information

    An interview with First World War veteran Jack King for the series 'Looking West' broadcast 24 October 1984.

    'Looking West' was a series presented by Jim Fahy looking at people, places and events in the west of Ireland.

    The photograph accompanying this clip is courtesy of King's College London and shows Lords Granard, Powerscourt and Headford at the Dardanelles in 1915.

  • Local keywords
    World War 1, First World War, Great War, Conflicts, Wars, Jack King, British Army, Royal Irish Regiment
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1984
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB1937
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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