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JW1985
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Please forgive the amateurish approach, I’m new to this.

can anyone assist with the following?

i am looking into private John McGrath as I have a hunch that I may know his son. I am aware from David Raws book that there were taped interviews that appear to be additional to those that are on the Iwm site. Is there anyway I can access the material that David raw uses in his book?

Obviously the mr McGrath I know is not of an age that means he is an internet user!

any info at all on this subject would be hugely appreciated.

JW

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johnmelling1979
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Hello JW

 

I guess we are talking about Private John  McGrath of the 18th Battalion and the firing squad incident !

I had a read of the pages in Bradford pals book by pen and sword

and then listened to bits of the 5 interview reels 

If the extra interview stuff still exists it would be interesting:thumbsup:

 

John

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JW1985

Hi John

 

thanks for the reply.

 

I do not know about the firing squad incident. please let me have the details.

 

I have only read the David Raw book thus far. I have also listened to the reels I found on the IWM website but don't recall anything about a firing squad.

 

JW

 

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johnmelling1979
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Chapter 12  of the Bradford Pals By David Raw

Pen and Sword, 15 Jun 2006 - History - 319 pages

 

About the two men Herbert Crimmins and Arthur Wild shot at dawn on 5th September 1916 by the 18 Battalion firing squad,  Private John  McGrath 18/230 was witness to events I believe and his thoughts etc are written about in the chapter above

 

John

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JW1985

thanks John

 

I have just read the chapter in the David Raw book. very interesting.

 

I think the Bradford library may have some taped interviews of John McGrath from the footnotes to the chapter.

 

JW

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johnmelling1979

Yes i

42 minutes ago, JW1985 said:

thanks John

 

I have just read the chapter in the David Raw book. very interesting.

 

I think the Bradford library may have some taped interviews of John McGrath from the footnotes to the chapter.

 

JW

 

I'm wondering if they still exist or what condition they are in? as they may not been looked at since 2005/2006

Might be worth emailing Bradford Library at some point, its a pity coronavirus has stopped everything 

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ilkley remembers

The Bradford Heritage Recording Unit conducted interviews in the 1980s and are held at the Central Library in Bradford. This is a list of what they have including the tapes 

 

https://www.bradford.gov.uk/media/1649/sourcesinbradfordlocalstudiesrelatingtoworldwar1914.pdf

 

Obviously the library is closed at the moment but they may reply to emails

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