The AMMA held an official opening for their new Exhibition, “Aylmer Remembers WWI” on Sunday. It takes a look at the men and women of Aylmer and Malahide who served during the First World War. 464 men and women from Aylmer and Malahide served in World War I. Fifty-five were killed and countless more were wounded.
“The main type of fighting used during World War One was trench warfare … It has been estimated that one third of the allied casualties on the Western Front were killed in the trenches … The conditions in the trenches were very harsh. Millions of rats infested the trenches … Lice were also a problem … Trench foot was caused by cold, wet, and unsanitary conditions and it could result in amputation.”
The exhibition ends with a wall of those who were killed and reason for a sober pause to consider the faces and information on each – most sons of local families, often very young and some where brothers were both lost.