in County Westmeath - between late 19th Century and early 20th Century

from Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919, pages 3-4:

On 4 August war was declared between England and Germany. The early morning post [5 August] brought my mobilization order to rejoin at Preston at once, so I will have to take the earliest train to Dublin...The country people’s conceptions of the German soldier are based on the German bands that used to travel around Ireland up to 1913. The musicians were square-headed, pot-bellied men without either shape or make, and therefore all Germans must be alike. The German Bands were not popular, as they played music, which the country people did not understand. Did any farmer, shopkeeper or …   more >>
cite as

Edward Roe, and Peter Downham (ed.), Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919 (Barnsley, 2004), p. 3-4. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1402472833619 accessed: 22 November, 2017

location of experience: County Westmeath

Experience Information

Date/Time between late 19th Century and early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors

Notes

Edward Roe was a professional soldier who enlisted in 1905. He served with the East Lancashire Regiment, went onto the Active Reserve list in March 1914, and was recalled to active service at the outbreak of war in August 1914.


Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:47:13 +0100