World War One: An Ulster perspective

Charlie Warmington
Charlie Warmington

The News Letter will be commemorating WWI with daily coverage all next week from Monday until Saturday, compiled by journalist Charlie Warmington.

Whether on land, sea, or in the air – at home or further afield – read all about Ulster’s ‘then and now’ in The War To End All Wars.

MONDAY: From political entrenchment to the trenches.

An introductory round-up of the three main theatres of war, land, sea and air, from an Ulster perspective.

TUESDAY: From green to foreign fields.

The Great War is characterised by the horrors of the trenches. Ulstermen were torn from their picture-postcard thatched cottages and implanted in the trenches.

This is the account of the evolution of trench warfare – the conditions, strategies and weaponry that Ulster’s young soldiers experienced.

WEDNESDAY: Ulster’s greatest sea change.

Ship-building was our major wartime forte, with Harland and Wolff and Workman Clark pulling out all the plugs. Our coverage will focus on the burgeoning of the north of Ireland’s ship production and how it affected Belfast, with detailed stories of some historic Belfast-built and/or currently Belfast-based players in the Great War on the Oceans.

THURSDAY: The less recounted theatres of war.

We take a look at the Ulster doctors, spies, workers, and even animals, involved in the war effort.

FRIDAY: War hero Robert Quigg VC.

Robert Quigg VC, was one of Ulster’s most remarkable war heroes, and is soon to have a statue in his memory in Bushmills. He went alone into no-man’s-land under constant enemy gunfire seven times, and each time brought home a wounded soldier.

SATURDAY: The pen versus the gun.

What our most famous writers penned during WWI, or about the Great War.