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information sign, placard: 'Irishmen! Heavy Uproar in Ireland....

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Catalogue number
  • FEQ 310
Display status
IWM North
Production date
1916
Materials
  • sign: paper
  • wood
Dimensions
  • general: 381 mm
  • general: 534 mm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: information sign, placard: 'Irishmen! Heavy Uproar in Ireland....
  • SIMPLE NAME: sign, German
Object Type
sign
Category
equipment

History note

First World War period placard improvised by German troops on the Western Front and commemorating the 'Easter Rising' in Dublin, Ireland, in April 1916. This placard together with another (FEQ 172) referring to the fall of Kut, was placed on the German parapets opposite the 8th (Service) Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers at Hulluch. At 1am on 10 May 1916 a patrol led by Lieutenant F J Biggane of the battalion cut the German wire and captured both placards from an enemy sap at H25d49, 1 in 10,000 map sheet 36CNW3. The placards were presented to King George V on 25 July 1916, by Lieutenant-Colonel Williamson, Commanding Officer of the 8th Munsters. (See History of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Vol 2. ) Polaroid photo in signs card index

Physical description

Sign, board and stake: rectangular wooden sign board (15 x 21 inches) and stake made from packing case timber with paper notice nailed to face, bullet-holed. Inscription/message (in ink) reads as follows: ' Irishmen! / Heavy uproar in Ireland / English guns are firing at / your wifes and children! / 1st May 1916'.

Ink manuscript

Irishmen! Heavy uproar in Ireland English guns are firing at your wifes and children! 1st May 1916

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