"We Saw The First Wounded We Had Ever Seen"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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The British invasion of Gallipoli in Turkey proved to be disastrous. The Lansdowne Pals found themselves in the thick of it. Edgar Poulter describes conditions at Chocolate Hill.

  • Title
    The Irish Brigades In The First World War
  • 1st Broadcast
    10/11/1974
  • Contributor
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
    Tom McGurk (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:44
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "We Saw The First Wounded We Had Ever Seen"
  • Extended description

    Edgar Poulter was with the Lansdowne Pals advancing on Chocolate Hill at Gallipoli here he heard and saw the effects of battle. He remembers, "First time we all began to feel a little bit funny in the pit of the stomach we saw the first wounded we had ever seen coming back".

    Edgar Poulter recalls the commanding officer Colonel Geoffrey Downing, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers walking along unconcerned as the men lay for cover.

  • Information

    'The Irish Brigades In The First World War' was a two part documentary for radio. The programme examined the participation of the Irish Brigades in the Great War using personal accounts of the battles from surviving members.

    The documentary was produced by Kieran Sheedy and presented by Tom McGurk. The clip used here was taken from part one and broadcast on 10 November 1974.

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows wounded British soldiers in a communications trench.

    Courtesy Library of Congress LC_B2_4724_11

  • Local keywords
    World War 1, First World War, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Edgar Poulter, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, British Army
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Gallipoli, Turkey
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA15863
  • 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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