The fear of his first battle with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers remained with Bill for the rest of his life. It was a bloody affair in which a victory of sorts was secured but at a high cost. Many of his Battalion were killed or captured.
As someone who has relatives who died at Gallipoli and in the Somme, I have an appreciation for how these men and their legacies were overlooked in Ireland for decades.
Twas better to die ‘neath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sud-El-Bar (The Foggy Dew)