‘FRIENDLY FIRE’

CASUALTY’S NOTEBOOK

The First World War in Objects

Private Patrick Kane’s bullet-pierced notebook which was returned to his family after his death.
Patrick Kane, on the right, pictured with a sitting comrade, Private John McKeating, while the two men were at Blackdown Camp in Hampshire.
(IMAGES COURTESY SIMON ARTHERTON (WWW.EUROPEANA.EU) UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

Fighting on the Western Front had barely hours to run when Private Patrick Kane, of the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment, was struck and killed by a single bullet on 9 November 1918. Only the day before, the opposing sides had met to negotiate the terms of the Armistice that would bring peace to the battle-scarred fields on mainland Europe. However, the particularly tragic circumstances of Private Kane’s death were that he was shot by his own side.

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