WW1: An Irish Story

Follow the lives of the Armstrong family from Moyaliffe, Co. Tipperary during the First World War, beginning in late June 1914. Relive the experience of this family in wartime through weekly updates from their diaries and letters.

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Week 1

Week 1
Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July 1914


Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July 1914

July 1914 dawned gloriously warm and sunny, with temperatures soaring to almost 30 degrees. In Folkestone, Mrs Armstrong and her daughters were looking forward to the inter-regimental polo tournament finals at Hurlingham, which King George V and Queen Mary were also attending. In Netheravon, Pat Armstrong had more serious business in mind. Dissatisfied with his mother’s living arrangements in a boarding house and her reticence on the subject, he decided to take matters into his own hands and find more suitable accommodation for the family. Things were a bit cooler in mid-winter New Zealand, where Colonel Algie Neill sat down after a long day’s work to warm himself by the fire while writing a letter to …

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