Loan Van Banfields Sea Plane

Model of Von Banfield’s Löhner Seaplane: Gottfried von Banfield (the son of Richard Banfield from Cork) shot down nine enemy aircraft during the First World War. An Austrian Navy officer, he was the last person to be awarded the prestigious Order of Maria Theresa. Gottfried von Banfield died in 1986 in Trieste, Italy, the last of the Austrian Wild Geese.


Zulu Shield

Zulu Umbhumbhulosu Shield, 1879: Armed with a cowhide shield and long thrusting spear, Zulu warriors were organised into distinct and permanent groups of men with individual identities and visual symbols, a structure not that different from British regiments. The more white on the individual warrior's shield, the greater his relative seniority in his unit, called an 'impi'.


Fenian Uniform

Fenian Uniform, c.1866: Organised by the revolutionary Fenian movement, they decided to attack Britain by launching a raid north into Canada. If they could not capture Canada, the Fenians hoped at least to provoke an international incident between Britain and the United States.




Cocked hat of Assistant Surgeon Backhorse

Cocked Hat of Assistant Surgeon Backhorse: Medical care was provided to soldiers, but whether you survived depended largely on luck. A wound that penetrated the body was a probable death warrant. If your arm of leg bone was shattered, the surgeon’s best option was to cut off the limb, hopefully using a sharp saw. If the stump did not become gangrenous, you would probably recover.


The Snare Druum of the 1st Batallion Royal Munster Fusiliers

Snare drum of the 1st, battalion Royal Muster Fusiliers:  Drummer Luttrell carried this drum throughout the Boer War, beating time of the marching soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. A photo in this gallery suggests both the youth of many drummers (they could enlist at 14) and one of the uses to which a snare drum could be put in the field – a desk to write a letter home.

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