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1914-1918 First World War

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1914-1918 First World War

The First World War

This section deals with recruitment to the forces, including not just infantry, but sailors, airmen and medical and nursing practitioners. It focuses on British/Irish wartime propaganda and reportage and on anti-conscription sentiments and the huge impact of the war on the home front, economically, culturally and socially. It deals with the material legacy of that war in terms of weapons, uniforms, souvenirs, written documents and medals.

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When the thaw set in on the Somme our artillery ploughed thro' mud and slush to Gemmacourt

When the thaw set in on the Somme our artillery ploughed thro' mud and slush to Gemmacourt

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of line of British artillery marching through mud. ‘When the thaw set in on the Somme our artillery ploughed thr...

Royal Irish Fusiliers

Royal Irish Fusiliers

These are the khaki trousers beloning to the number two battle dress uniform of the Royal Irish Fusiliers....

SAFETY MATCH CONTAINER

SAFETY MATCH CONTAINER

Leather Safety Match Container. Two piece container which has rough striking strip of metal on bottom. The slide on top has two cut away portions to f...

Enlist To-day!

Enlist To-day!

First World War recruitment poster; 'Justify the faith of your fathers, and earn the gratitude of your children. Enlist To-day!'; published by the Par...

Ration card, Ministry of Food

Ration card, Ministry of Food

event : World War I;condition : good. issuing authority : Ministry of Food. description : numbered M 263053 ; issued to John A. Holness of Belfast ; l...

'Every recruit joining the army has the option of becoming attached to Colonel Lynch's purely Irish Brigade'

'Every recruit joining the army has the option of becoming attached to Colonel Lynch's purely Irish Brigade'

First World War recruitment poster; ' Every recruit joining the army has the option of becoming attached to Colonel Lynch's purely Irish Brigade' This...

Is it a Capitalist War?

Is it a Capitalist War?

National War Aims Committee pamphlet 'Is it a Capitalist War?' by William Stephen Sanders. No. 19 in the Searchlight Series....

Cautiously working their way across the shell-swept plain of Picardy in great Somme push

Cautiously working their way across the shell-swept plain of Picardy in great Somme push

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of soldiers elbowing their way acrss ground with shells bursting in front of them. ‘Cautiously working their way...

'To the women of Britain. Won't you help and send a man to join the army to-day?'

'To the women of Britain. Won't you help and send a man to join the army to-day?'

First World War recruitment poster; 'To the women of Britain. Won't you help and send a man to join the army to-day?'; published by the Parliamentary ...

Stand not upon the order of your going but go at once

Stand not upon the order of your going but go at once

First World War recruitment poster; 'Stand not upon the order of your going but go at once. Enlist now'; Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Com...

'Royal Marine Labour Corps. Irishmen wanted'

'Royal Marine Labour Corps. Irishmen wanted'

First World War recruitment poster; 'Royal Marine Labour Corps. Irishmen wanted, ‘Royal Marine Labour Corps’ poster seeking men ‘between 42 and 55 yea...

Framed Photograph of Officer

Framed Photograph of Officer

Framed Photograph of Officer. Full length studio portrait photograph of an officer with MC and ribbon : taken from X45006 : in glazed brown wooden fra...

Field Entrenchments: Spadework for Riflemen

Field Entrenchments: Spadework for Riflemen

Manual written by 'an Engineer Officer', edited by E. John Solano, entitled 'Field Entrenchments' including instructions for trenchs to offer hasty fi...

British War Medal

British War Medal

design : Inscribed to "1823 PTE. H. Timbey, H. IR. H. Ribbon blue, black, silver, gold....

King George and Queen Mary at Government House, Calcutta

King George and Queen Mary at Government House, Calcutta

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of the Royal Visit to India; King George V and Queen Mary at Government House, Calcutta. The new sovereign and h...

Our troops occupy Houthoulst Forest: combined British-Belgian attack having ousted the enemy

Our troops occupy Houthoulst Forest: combined British-Belgian attack having ousted the enemy

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of soldiers advancing through skeletal trees, with fatality to right. 'Our troops occupy Houthoulst Forest: comb...

Uniform

Uniform

American Doughboy uniform as worn during the First World War. Uniform consists of an engineer regiment tunic, gas mask, mountain peak style hat, shove...

'The kitchen is the key to victory. Eat less bread'

'The kitchen is the key to victory. Eat less bread'

First World War recruitment poster; 'The kitchen is the key to victory. Eat less bread'; Poster no. 22. This poster signifies the war time need for wo...

Postcard

Postcard

Embroidered First World War Royal Engineers postcard, unused...

'Colonel Lynch's Irish Brigade. Young Men of Ireland, the men of your race from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are calling to you from the Western Front.'

'Colonel Lynch's Irish Brigade. Young Men of Ireland, the men of your race from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are calling to you from the Western Front.'

First World War recruitment poster; 'Colonel Lynch's Irish Brigade. Young Men of Ireland, the men of your race from America, Canada, Australia and New...

Christmas card

Christmas card

36th Ulster Division British Expeditionary Force 1916 Christmas Card...

Join the Brave Throng that goes Marching Along

Join the Brave Throng that goes Marching Along

Parliamentary Recruiting Committe poster No.118 'Join the brave throng that goes marching along'; Original artwork by Gerald Wood. The poster shows a...

Our mine, fired during furious thrusts for St Elay blots out a jerry machine-gun nest, Ypres

Our mine, fired during furious thrusts for St Elay blots out a jerry machine-gun nest, Ypres

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of an explosion. ‘Our mine, fired during furious thrusts for St Klay blots out a jerry machine-gun nest, Ypres’...

London Territorials pass the wrecked Doll's House on the shell-swept La Brassoe road

London Territorials pass the wrecked Doll's House on the shell-swept La Brassoe road

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of London Territorials marching past wrecked building. ‘London Territorials pass the wrecked Doll's House on the...

Do your bit. Save food

Do your bit. Save food

First World War recruitment poster 'Do your bit. Save Food.' A poster featuring the head and shoulders of a uniformed sailor, with a number of dreadno...

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