“Since I last wrote you, I have been taken prisoner having been gassed and wounded”.
The words of a Mr. Billy Byrne on a postcard to his good friend Mr. Scott, on this day, 100 years ago.
Mr. Scott was a resident of 5D, Patrick Street. His friend, Billy Byrne was captured by the German’s during World War I.
On June 17th 1916, Billy wrote:
Since I last wrote you I have been taken prisoner having been gassed and wounded. I was hit just below the elbow on the left arm, it has effected my hand a bit.
I cannot say how Johnny Whelan faired as I have not seen him for a long time.
I have been treated well since I have been captured.
Remember me to the boys in the shop and Mrs. Scott and the children.
I heard there has been some trouble lately in the city. Don’t forget to drop me a line.
I remain, your sincere friend,
Writing as he did on June 17th 1916 as a Prisoner of War, Billy Byrne had heard of “some trouble lately in the city”. Little did he know that a full scale rebellion against British rule in Ireland had been mounted, destroying much of his home town.
Thanks indeed to the sender – Pat Hayes, Billy Byrne’s Grandson.