Derry Journal tells tale of soldier shot at dawn

The Derry Journal reports how a 19-year-old soldier from the Inniskilling  Fusiliers was shot at dawn and how an officer refused to be involved with the execution.

The newspaper also states that Private Robert Hope was shot for desertion in 1917 and his teenage bride added the words, ‘Of Waterside, Derry’ to his gravestone.

Hope served under an alias and was originally from Sunderland, where the Inniskillings recruited especially after Home Rule issues meant fewer Irishmen were prepared to volunteer.

To read the original story, click here.

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