The battle of Passchendaele

Michael Jones Battle of passchendaele

The First World War battle of Passchendaele came to its bloody end 100 years ago this month.

Amidst the devastating casualty rate, horrific conditions and countless tales of suffering I think of my grandfather, John Patrick O’Reilly, a lieutenant in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and his futile protests against the orders of his superiors – which he believed were needlessly wasting lives.

I wish it could have been different.