It's 1914 and World War One is raging in Europe and thousands of soldiers
on both sides are being shot. Blown up, maimed, drowned in the shell holes
they have slipped
into, to be sucked down into the mud and some left with shell shock and some
of the officers don't believe them and they are shot for cowardice in a land
that is more shaped like Hell. And yet day after day they still went over
the top knowing they could be killed, such brave men.
Well back to the men parading down Queen's Street in Belfast this is a recruitment
parade the only real soldiers there are the officers at the front and the
band in the middle.
These men have all volunteered join up, yes that's
right Volunteered for in Northern Ireland there was no conscription
so if you didn't want to go you didn't have to. Men came from the South of
Ireland which was neutral and volunteered because they belived in the cause.
But they did in their thousands and sadly thousands didn't come back.