Captain Redmond writes home about the horrors of the front
Killaloe, 11 February 1916 - ‘The destruction, havoc, and suffering I have encountered, even in a short time, is truly appalling,’ Captain William Redmond said in a letter from France.
The letter was sent by Captain Redmond to Rev. Dr Fogarty, Roman Catholic Bishop of Killaloe.
He told the bishop: ‘Our first spell in the trenches was for 12 days, and in that time we had no change of clothing – just stayed on as we were all the time.’
‘The shelling was terrific and the division suffered some losses. The day before we came out the enemy began to celebrate the Kaiser’s birthday, and we were shelled without ceasing for 24 hours.’
‘The men of our division behaved very well, and received good reports, so the General said. Our men are very attentive to their chaplains, and flock into the churches in the little French villages.’
‘I was at one place where, amidst ruins all around, a big crucifix stood alone untouched.’
Captain Redmond is currently serving in France with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment.
[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]