Jimmy Crozier

About 8 years ago I read the story of Jimmy Crozier (from the Shankill Rd, Belfast) who was the youngest soldier to be executed in the 1st World War. He was only a lad - 15 years old who lied about his age to get into the army. He was signed up by his namesake Col. Frank Crozier (no relation) who later gave the order to execute him. He suffered "shellshock", which was not recognised as a medical problem but was seen to be cowardice. Many soldiers suffered SS but if you were Irish - North or South, Protestant or Catholic, Loyalist or Republican - you were 3 times more likely to be executed. Barbarically it was member of Jimmy’s own regiment (as always the case) who were chosen to shoot him in order to try to eliminate cowardice.
This story haunted me for years and I just couldn't get the song but one night about 2 weeks ago, after a feed of főzelék (a Hungarian dish), I had another go and it came. I hope you like it.

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