Francis Ledwidge

















































Francis Ledwidge 1887-1917

Born in Slane, Co. Meath. He left school at a young age and worked as a labourer, miner and shop assistant. He was interested in poetry from an early age and his works include Songs of the Field, Songs of Peace and Complete Poems. He was a member of the Irish National Volunteers but he answered Redmondís call and served with the 1st Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers in the War. He was killed by a shell while laying planks on muddy terrain to make easier the movement of artillery and equipment. A memorial was erected at the spot on 31st July 1998. 

            Ledwidge is buried about 100 metres from where he fell, in Artillery Wood Cemetery. Photos by Marco Hoveling


Further information, location and directions to the grave are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book