Edward Casey, an underfed, under-sized and semi-literate Irish Cockney from Canning Town, was no war hero. Even so, his account of four years of war service with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers is a remarkable chronicle, revealing his personal and sexual insecurities, his remarkable experience of Irish unrest during periods of training and leave, and his excitement as a military tourist in France, Salonica and Malta.
The memoir was written in 1980, six decades after his departure for New Zealand, yet retains a strong Cockney flavor. The editor has selected the chapters with the greatest interest for Irish readers, placing Casey's story in the broader context of the Great War and its sometimes devastating psychological consequences.
|Publisher:||Cork University Press|
|Series:||Irish Narrative Series|
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About the Author
David Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. His books include "Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Migration to Australia" and "Politics and Irish Life, 1913-1921: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution". He is also the series editor for Irish Narratives, all published by Cork University Press.