The Great War/ the War to end all wars or the First World War began on 28th of July 1914 and ended on 11th November 1918. 70 million fought in this war and by the time it ended 9 million had lost their lives of these at least 110 and probably many more were from Roscrea.
When John Redmond urged the nationalists to enlist with the promise of home rule, about 500 men from Roscrea and surrounding areas volunteered. Some of those came home with the scars both physically and mentally of what no human should have to see. Some drowned in the mud and even today their bones and equipment are coming to the surface when the land is ploughed each year.
These are typical stories of the men from Roscrea who fought and died. Those who made it home came back to the war of independence .They put their tin trunk under the bed and some never spoke of it again only to have these trunks opened two or three generations later by grandchildren who knew nothing of their story. Very few families in town were not affected by this war in some way.
In the Church of Ireland and in Legion Villas there are memorials to these brave men.
When the guns were eventually silenced nearly 2000 men from North Tipperary alone had lost their lives.
. People like Kate and Gilbert Kavanagh whose five sons went to fight; only one came home after spending time in a POW camp and having his leg amputated. Kate and Jane Nixon who had six sons enlist and only four came back, all those who died as well as those who returned.
These are just two of the many stories that you will find on this page.
Thanks to Dick Conroy for all his help and research with the following articles.