Historian Seamus Breslin will explore the mindset of soldiers from Derry who were fighting on the Western Front, after hearing about the events of the Easter Rising.
Nationalist soldier Tom Kettle’s words on hearing of the Rising have become famous: ‘These men will be go down in history as heroes and martyrs: and I will go down – if I go down at all – as a bloody British officer.’
But to what extent was this true of Derry soldiers? In the years after the armistice, did Derry nationalists turn their backs on the men who risked their lives fighting for ‘the rights of small nations’?
This talk is one in a series of events being delivered by the Tower Museum in partnership with Creative Centenaries. Entry is free.