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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Royal Irish Fusiliers

Royal Irish Fusiliers

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

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...

British War Medal

British War Medal

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

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...

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...

Postcard

Postcard

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

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...

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...

Matchbox cover

Matchbox cover

German matchbox holder inscribed on front with a crown surrounded by a laurel wreath border with the words Gott Mit Uns (God With Us). German soldiers...

HRH Prince of Wales in the gardens of the Chateau which was his headquarters in France

HRH Prince of Wales in the gardens of the Chateau which was his headquarters in France

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of the Prince of Wales in uniform and gaiters posinig at garden bench. ‘HRH Prince of Wales in the gardens of th...

Kamerad! Dazed Huns pour out of their fortified cellars at Pilken in answer to our bombs

Kamerad! Dazed Huns pour out of their fortified cellars at Pilken in answer to our bombs

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of German soldiers being arrested at gunpoint by British troops. 'Kamerad! Dazed Huns pour out of their fortifie...

The sniper finds his mark! Stretcher-bearers remove an officer wounded by an unlucky bullet

The sniper finds his mark! Stretcher-bearers remove an officer wounded by an unlucky bullet

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of a sniper. ‘The sniper finds his mark! Stretcher-bearers remove an officer wounded by an unlucky bullet’ Stret...

At the Bayonet's point our troops surprise a Jerry machine gunner

At the Bayonet's point our troops surprise a Jerry machine gunner

Stereoscope Photograph shpwing a view of British soldiers arresting a German machine-gunner. Entitled 'At the Bayonet's point our troops surprise a Je...

British Red Cross Society

British Red Cross Society

British Red Cross Ashtray, Order of St. John. Issued during the First World War....

36th Ulster Division Flag

36th Ulster Division Flag

36th Ulster Division Flag. In the centre the Hand of Ulster surmounted by a crown. Above sewn on in orange cloth "36th (ULSTER) DIVISION". Below "BASE...

Zeppelin shot down near Colchester: even with its back broken it towers over nearby farmhouses

Zeppelin shot down near Colchester: even with its back broken it towers over nearby farmhouses

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of size of Zeppelin shot down over Colchester. ‘Zeppelin shot down near Colchester: even with its back broken it...

Military Compass

Military Compass

First World War Prismatic Military Compass with a pearl dial for low light reading, possibly made by Thomas Armstrong & Brothers, Manchester & Liverpo...

After attack on Mouqet farm, Theipval Ridge

After attack on Mouqet farm, Theipval Ridge

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of dead soldiers and tangles of barbed wire. 'After attack on Mouqet farm, Theipval Ridge, taken by our matchles...

Food - Don't Waste it

Food - Don't Waste it

First World War recruitment poster; 'Food - Don't Waste it' 1 - buy it with thought. 2 - cook it with care. 3 - use less wheat and meat. 4 - serve ju...

Hark Hark The Dogs Do Bark

Hark Hark The Dogs Do Bark

Printed paper on wood, entitled `HARK HARK THE DOGS DO BARK'. A map of Europe showing British bulldog, French poodle, Russian bear, Belgian griffon an...

'An American view. (from the New York "Life"). Ballad of Sinn Feiners'

'An American view. (from the New York "Life"). Ballad of Sinn Feiners'

Poster 'An American view. (from the New York "Life"). Ballad of Sinn Feiners'...

Zero Hour! Prompt to the second our men go over the top in an assault on Wytachaete Wood

Zero Hour! Prompt to the second our men go over the top in an assault on Wytachaete Wood

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of British troops scaling sides of trench, with ladder in foreground. 'Zero Hour! Prompt to the second our men g...

He Died for Freedom and Honour

He Died for Freedom and Honour

Next of Kin Memorial Plaque, in original packaging, awarded to the family of Patrick Magee. Private Magee 20920, "C" Coy. 8th Bn., Royal Irish Fusilie...

North Irish Horse

North Irish Horse

This is the service jacket of Lord Farnham, an officer of the North Irish Horse regiment. The jacket has a roll collar on which bronze collar badges a...

Lord Roberts and escort of imperial Yeomanry entering Kroonstadt

Lord Roberts and escort of imperial Yeomanry entering Kroonstadt

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view relating to the Boer War; Lord Roberts entering Kroonstadt with escort. ‘Lord Roberts and escort of Imperial Yeo...

Savars improved safety ear syringe

Savars improved safety ear syringe

Boxed ' Savars improved safety ear syringe' used in a First World War hospital, Birmingham....

Ring

Ring

Ring. Grey alloy, plain brass inset, German First World War....

Bombing the Bosche out of their deep dugouts near Martinspuich during our advance on Somme

Bombing the Bosche out of their deep dugouts near Martinspuich during our advance on Somme

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of soldiers throwing grenades into German dugouts, with dead body in foreground. ‘Bombing the Bosche out of thei...

14th century walls and Lille Gate through which British troops marched during defence of Ypres

14th century walls and Lille Gate through which British troops marched during defence of Ypres

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of medieval walls and Lille Gate associated with defense of Ypres. '14th century walls and Lille Gate through wh...

Helmet

Helmet

Khaki Brodie style helmet with leather lining and chin strap. Painted black interior. Marked FS 122. Firth & Sons produced these helmets for British, ...

Surgeon's kit

Surgeon's kit

First World War surgeon's kit containing a range of medical instruments....

Your Country Wants You ... Don't Wait but Join Now'

Your Country Wants You ... Don't Wait but Join Now'

First World War Recruiting poster; PRC No.102 Red, dark blue and white on a khaki background; Your Country Wants You and 300,000 more men like you Don...

Bread Bag

Bread Bag

Linen bread bag used by soldiers during the First World War....

The famous Gurhas with their deadly kukries charge the enemy near Neuve Chapelle

The famous Gurhas with their deadly kukries charge the enemy near Neuve Chapelle

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of Gurkhas charging Germans at Neuve Chapelle. ‘The famous Gurkhas with their deadly kukries charge the enemy ne...

Looking into the depths of the tremendous crater of our mine fired at La Roiselle on the Somme

Looking into the depths of the tremendous crater of our mine fired at La Roiselle on the Somme

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of huge crater. ‘Looking into the depths of the tremendous crater of our mine fired at La Boiselle on the Somme’...

The Royal Irish Rifles

The Royal Irish Rifles

First World War Royal Irish Rifles postcard showing colours of Regiment, and verse reading 'Whenever you read 'Great German loss' Put it down to a dos...

Our Day

Our Day

On a brown ground a red cross outlined in white on a left arm in black "OUR" and on the right "DAY". In the middle a soldier, wearing a khaki cap with...

Hand grenade

Hand grenade

Wooden handled German hand grenade, used during First World War....

General Kelly-Kenny's infantry creeping on the Boers at Dreifontein on the march to Bloemfontein

General Kelly-Kenny's infantry creeping on the Boers at Dreifontein on the march to Bloemfontein

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view relating to the Boer War; Infantry taking fire. ‘General Kelly-Kenny's infantry creeping on the Boers at Dreifon...

'Let Irishmen Remember'

'Let Irishmen Remember'

First World War recruitment poster appealing to Irishmen to remember that 'the Sixteenth Division was the famous Irish Brigade raised under the auspic...

Turkish troops driven from outlying hills by our men, retreat thro' Jerusalem by Jaffa Gate

Turkish troops driven from outlying hills by our men, retreat thro' Jerusalem by Jaffa Gate

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of troops marching in formation through city. 'Turkish troops driven from outlying hills by our men, retreat thr...

Waste not, want not! Save the nation's bread. National ration 4lb each per week

Waste not, want not! Save the nation's bread. National ration 4lb each per week

First World War recruitment poster; 'Waste not, Want not! Save the nation's bread. National ration 4lb each per week.' A poster with the plea to 'save...

Examining a German prisoner to gain information which enables us to anticipate an attack

Examining a German prisoner to gain information which enables us to anticipate an attack

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of a German prisoner being interogated by two British soldierhorses dragging field gun out of mud. ‘Examining a...

Such Courage! Crawling through wire to rescue comrades, victims of a deadly shell

Such Courage! Crawling through wire to rescue comrades, victims of a deadly shell

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of soldiers crawling through wired to rescue wounded comrades. ‘Such Courage! Crawling through wire to rescue co...

'If you cannot join the army, try and get a recruit'

'If you cannot join the army, try and get a recruit'

First World War recruitment poster; 'If you cannot join the army, try and get a recruit'; published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London;...

Military Medal

Military Medal

Victory medal awarded to Private James O'Prey, Royal Irish Rifles. This medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure...

Our troops charge forward into Bernafray Wood to dislodge the Bosche from their entrenchments

Our troops charge forward into Bernafray Wood to dislodge the Bosche from their entrenchments

Stereoscope Photograph showing a view of three British soldiers advancing through trees. 'Our troops charge forward into Bernafray Wood to dislodge th...

Christmas 1914

Christmas 1914

Christmas 1914 box - with engraved image of Princess Mary in centre with border decoration listing the allied countries around the edge; Imperium Brit...

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