Seven Shillings A Week

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Denis Kelly describes the conditions endured by troops at the front in return for seven shilliings a week.

  • Title
    Roscommon World War 1 Veteran
  • 1st Broadcast
    05/06/1981
  • Contributor
    Jim Fahy (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:01
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Looking West
  • Clip title
    Seven Shillings A Week
  • Extended description

    Denis Kelly describes the conditions endured by the troops in return for seven shillings a week.

    He recalls being surrounded by the bodies of dead men and horses. Exploding shells filled the trenches with clay smothering men buried by the earth.

    The supply of rations and reinforcements to the front lines was often disrupted by shell fire, which meant that the soldiers went hungry. Cigarettes, however, were plentiful.

  • Information

    An interview with First World War veteran Denis Kelly for the series 'Looking West' broadcast 5 June 1981.

    '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 shows British soldiers in a front line trench with a Lewis light machine gun.
    Courtesy Library of Congress LC_B2_4683_6

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Denis Kelly
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1981
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB3194
  • 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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