PRONI's latest blog entry captures life after Somme

PRONI's continuing First World War blog series has been released to cover the period of August and September 1916.

PRONI hold a wide range of records, including letters, diaries and memoirs, relating to the First World War and to contemporary events in Ireland, providing firsthand accounts of all aspects of war as well as on life at home.

The most recent entry assesses the continued assaults by the British army through the summer months. 

Successive assaults were made on the German positions along the Front with troops from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India taking part. In September, the 16th (Irish) Division launched attacks on the villages of Guillemont and Ginchy. ]More than 4,000 men fell in these assaults.

Elsewhere the major Russian offensive in the East ground to a halt and in the south the Italian army launched successful attacks on Austro-Hungarian positions on the Isonzo line at Gorizia.

Among the August and September entry is heartfelt correspondence to Corporal George Hackney of Belfast, serving with the Royal Irish Rifles, from a number of friends and family. 

Each month PRONI will publish short transcripts from the papers of a number of individuals who lived through the period.

Click here to view the August/September blog.