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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2012
I got this book as my Granfather was killed in WW1 who was in the Tyneside Irish as were numerous Miners in Colliery Villages in County Durham who were not in fact Irish. It is well written and researched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2014
This book has been published for a while, but on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Britain's enry into the war, it seems fitting to write a few words here.

John Sheen knows Durham and the north east well and has also co-authored a book on the Tyneside Scottish. This is a thoroughly researched tribute to the men of the 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Northumberland Fusiliers which charts these battalions' evolution and formation through to active service and the all too familiar tale of young lives lost in the face of German machine guns and barbed wire. Profusely illustrated and benefiting from vignettes and portraits of many of the participants as well this book would be well worth the investment on this basis alone. That it also include seven extremely useful appendices listing gallantry awards and nominal rolls for all four battalions (and the 30th, Reserve, Battalion) is a fantastic added bonus. If your ancestor was an original member of these battalions he should be named here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
A great read, the detail and personal recollections really made it for me. The folk history of the North East is made richer by the work and the memory of the men of the Tyneside Irish is emblazoned on every page. Ordinary men, engaged in extraordinary deeds. It was an honour to read and remember.

Lest we forget
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2013
Sad and thought provoking. WWI brought home describing local men, areas and streets making the loss of lives more upsetting than statistics alone. 100 years on and still seems like yesterday.
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on 5 December 2014
Fantastic insight into the formation of one of the North's Pals battalions for WW1.
Great production, great pics, some great stories of bravery, loss, humour, and gives a real feel for how the men felt about getting out of their sometimes poor quality of life, only to be brought down to earth by their experiences in the European battlefields and their wish for it all to be over.
One of the most useful and interesting books on the First War I have come across.
A relative of mine was killed in action with the Tyneside Irish and his name appears in the Roll of Honour.
A great read from Mr. Sheen.
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on 9 June 2012
I have been carrying out research in connection with a soldier from WW1 who lived in Haughton-le-Skerne and is buried in the churchyard. A friend told me to read this book as the Major served with the Tyneside Irish for short time in France. The author has put together a poignant piece of social history and the information is a invaluable.
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on 13 January 2014
I research my family tree and I used this book to find my Grandfather and his brother in law that were both killed during the first war.

It also explains why whole villages and friends went to war in the same regiments and the experiences that the had in really bad conditions.
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on 2 October 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is an extremely comprehensive account of the whole life of the 'Irish'. The little vignettes of private soldiers are quite moving. I have been trying to trace the life of my grandfather and this book (and JS the author) have proved invaluable.
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on 8 April 2015
Well written book and well researched from regimental diaries written at the time adding local newspaper reports and the Tommy's letters home. Of a similar ilk to John Sheen's book about the Durham Light Infantry. This is a good research tool.
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My Grandfather served in the Tyneside Irish and researching ww1 and in particular the Northumberland Fusiliers I came across this book. Helpful historical examination of how and why so many 'Irish' fought and died in the British Army.
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