Remembering the men from Ireland who fought side by side at Messines

100 years ago next week men from the unionist 36th Ulster Division and the nationalist 16th Irish Division fought alongside each other at Messines in Belgium. Prof Laurence Kirkpatrick outlines the background to their joint effort in the battle, and its outcome

A bronze plaque, left, showing an overview of the attack and, right, the replica round tower, both in the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgian Flanders
NEXT Wednesday, June 7, marks another centenary in the seemingly endless Irish decade of centenaries, this time the Battle of Messines Ridge. This significant First World War battle has several Irish [...]

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