A documentary about my grandfather who served in the first world war
This is James Prendiville. In 1914 he enlisted in the Royal Munster Fusiliers of the British army, fighting in the First World War against Germany and her allies and for Irish independence. Ireland was under British rule when he volunteered for the British army, one of over 140,000 Irish volunteers who served in Britain's forces during the conflict. Even staunch Irish nationalists believed that supporting the British war effort would help Ireland achieve independence especially when John Redmond (an Irish MP) encouraged Irishmen to volunteer to help Britain in their war efforts believing
this would lead to a unified Ireland gaining home rule. James grew up a fierce patriot during a time of rising Irish nationalism when talk of Ireland's Home Rule dominated many Irish households. Despite this many in Ireland saw the fast growing German Empire's aggressive 'Weltpolitik' as a major threat and the war as the biggest barrier to finally achieving home rule and saw serving in the British army as the best way to achieve a lasting peace in which Ireland was finally able to self-govern.