Trench Pictures from France. With a Biographical Introdcuction by E.M. Smith-Dampier. London: Andrew Melrose, 1917. First Edition. Pp 184, . Frontispiece portrait with two portrait plates in the text. Covers lightly soiled, contents age-tone with a small preforation to one of the chapter title-pages (text not affected), otherwise a good copy of this scarce work.
Major William Redmond was an Irish Nationalish MP, who was killed in action in France in July 1917.
With the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, his brother John Redmond called on Irish Volunteers to enlist in Irish regiments of the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions of Kitchener's New Service Army in the hope that this would strengthen the cause of later implementing the Home Rule Act, suspended for the duration of the war. This caused a split in the Volunteer movement and William Redmond was one of the first to volunteer for army service as a member of the National Volunteers. He addressed vast gatherings of Volunteers and Hibernians, encouraging voluntary enlistment in support of the British and Allied war cause.
"I should like all my friends in Ireland to know that in joining the Irish Brigade and going to France I sincerely believed, as all the Irish soldiers do, that I was doing my best for the welfare of Ireland"