The First Soldier, by Philip

Story Title: The First Soldier

Collection: Bear in Mind: Stories of the Troubles (collection)
Organisation: An Crann / The Tree (organisation)

One of 69 contributors who gave personal accounts about the Northern Ireland conflict that were published in the book: 'Bear in Mind: Stories of the Troubles' (2000).

This account by Philip consists of an extract from 'Night Rider', a "sixty-minute documentary recording a Belfast taxi driver's memories of the troubles". In this extract Philip recounts an incident in the New Lodge Road when a British Army tank was used to break through a number of barricades in the area. [Although no date is given, this incident is likely to have occurred during 'Operation Motorman' on 31 July 1972 when the British Army entered the 'No Go' areas in Derry and Belfast.]

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Title
The First Soldier, by Philip
Description
One of 69 contributors who gave personal accounts about the Northern Ireland conflict that were published in the book: 'Bear in Mind: Stories of the Troubles' (2000).
Creator
An Crann / The Tree
Publisher
Lagan Press, and An Crann / The Tree
Date
2000
Format
Text; pages 52-53 in the book.
Language
English
CAIN: Chronology: 31 July 1972 - 'Operation Motorman'
CAIN: Sutton's Index of Deaths: Robert Curtis
CAIN: Events: Violence: Internment
Story Title
The First Soldier
Story Available
Yes
Story Format
Text
Story Source
Story contained in the book:
An Crann / The Tree. (2000). Bear in Mind: Stories of the Troubles. Belfast: Lagan Press, and An Crann / The Tree.
Interviewee Surname
Curley
Interviewee Forename(s)
Philip
Interviewee Gender
Male
Religion
Catholic
Birth Country
Northern Ireland
Status
Civilian
Story Abstract
This account by Philip consists of an extract from 'Night Rider', a "sixty-minute documentary recording a Belfast taxi driver's memories of the troubles". In this extract Philip recounts an incident in the New Lodge Road when a British Army tank was used to break through a number of barricades in the area. [Although no date is given, this incident is likely to have occurred during 'Operation Motorman' on 31 July 1972 when the British Army entered the 'No Go' areas in Derry and Belfast.]
Themes/Topics Mentioned
No Go Area, Internment
Dates Mentioned
30 July 1972 [1970s]
Events Mentioned
'Operation Motorman' (30 July 1972)
Places Mentioned
New Lodge Road [north Belfast, Northern Ireland]
Organisations Mentioned
British Army (BA)
Specific Deaths Mentioned
Gunner Robert Curtis (6 February 1971)
The first British soldier to be killed during the current conflict.

Collection InformationShowHide

Title
Bear in Mind: Stories of the Troubles (collection)
Description
'Bear in Mind' is a book containing 84 stories related to 'the Troubles'
Creator
An Crann / The Tree
Subject
Stories of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Publisher
An Crann / The Tree
Date
2000
Rights
Stories are copyright of the individual contributors (2000).
Format
Book
Language
English
Identifier
An Crann. (2000). Bear in Mind: Stories of the Troubles. Belfast: Lagan Press / An Crann The Tree.
ISBN 1 873687 13 3
Stories Collected
84

Organisation InformationShowHide

Title
An Crann / The Tree (organisation)
Description
"Founded in 1994, An Crann / The Tree was an arts-based, charitable organisation ‘dedicated to providing a space in which people can tell - and hear - the splintered, complex, often contradictory stories of the ‘Troubles’ as part of a process which contributes not only to the ethos of peace, healing and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, but also to building a more inclusive, rounded story of the conflict.’ [from organisational literature]." Kelly, G. (2005).
Creator
An Crann / The Tree
Subject
Personal Accounts / Story-Telling related to the Northern Ireland conflict.
Relation
CAIN Bibliography: List of An Crann publications
Date Formed
1994
Status
No longer exists (project ended in 2004?).
Work
Recording and Exhibiting Stories; story-telling.

Citation

An Crann / The Tree. (2000). The First Soldier. Lagan Press, and An Crann / The Tree.
Accounts of the Conflict; Accessed: 30 November 2021 <http://accounts.ulster.ac.uk/repo24/items/show/2194>

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