January 19 1914 AD:The Village That Fought The Kaiser

Enraged by the Kaiser’s expansionist policies in Europe the entire Wicklow village of Crossderrig enlists in the British Army. Only one of them passes the medical, achieving a grade “A-1”. He fought heroically in the dreadful mud and stinking wretchedness and also distinguished himself when he left Crossderrig to fight in France. Three others achieve the grade “moribund”, another two are assessed as “odd looking to an injurious degree” and the remaining thirteen are forced to return home having only been awarded certificates stating: “These men are a dozen sheep and a hen”.

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