Welcome to my Adopted Soldier

A unique archive of Irish Soldiers in World War One.
Researched and produced by Irish History Students.

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July 31st 2017 | Commemorating 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele
The "courage and bravery" of those who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of World War One has been remembered, 100 years after it began. Read more..

As part of an extensive programme of commemorations in 2016
RTE Nationwide has produced a special documentary
following our students on the 'my adopted soldier' project.
This documentary is now available to view on the RTE website
For more information please visit our blog

'my Adopted Student'
by David Dunlop

Who is she
who kneels above
my shrapnel-splintered bones
who pours potato-scented soil
to draw me to my home
who reads my name
through tear-dark eyes
who breathes a choking prayer
as roses bloom to match her dress
and the colours of her hair?

I do not recognise her face
her kin unknown to me
but in her love our county speaks
and keeps my memory
would she had known me as I lived
and held me when I fell
she lifts me now up heaven's slopes
for I served my time in hell

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