Come Home 2 A Real Fire

A vintage republican graffito (e.g. Getty Images) against the RUC is resurrected for use in loyalist Woodvale. Both refer to the “Real Fire” ad campaign from the 80s (e.g. one | two). The Solid Fuel Advisory Service still (2018) uses the image of the dog, cat, and mouse side-by-side. Disraeli Street, Belfast.

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Proactively Supporting Nationalist Ideology

These are two pieces of anti-police graffiti on Woodvale Road, Belfast. In the first, the force’s initials are changed from “Police Service of Northern Ireland”; the second reads “Fuck the PSNI” (and below, “Fuck the LVF”).

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Lt Col Trevor King

Trevor “Kingso” King served time for his part in the Battle At Springmartin in 1972, in which seven people, including a British soldier, died. In 1994, having been shot by the INLA and paralysed from the neck down, King took the decision to remove his own life-support (WP).
The words on the left are from Suicide In The Trenches by WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon:
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads pass by
Sneak home and pray you’ll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go

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Killed By Weapon Systems

Two plaques in Guildhall Square, London-/Derry: “In memory of all those from and within the city and district who have lost their lives as a result of war and conflict.” “In memory of all those killed by weapon systems produced within the City & District.” The reference is to Derry-made Raytheon missiles, perhaps specifically for their part in the Israeli invasion of Lebanon (orbops | indymedia).

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No 5 Platoon

This UVF platoon 5, A company, 1st battalion, mural is just across Conway Street from the Noel and Tombo Kinner mural, which is also a platoon 5 mural. The plaque is “in memory of a true soldier, Big Bill Campbell”; for more info on Campbell, see Loyalist Prisoners & Widow’s Welfare (from when the plaque was moved up to the Shankill Road).

The verse on the left is from Siegfried Sassoon’s Suicide In The Trenches. “At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them” is from another WWI poem, Laurence Binyon’s For The Fallen.

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They Gave Their Tomorrow For Our Today

Information about the people named in this mural is patchy.

UVF volunteer Noel Kinner was imprisoned for the killing of Brendan McLaughlin in 1980 (politics.ie); he died of a heart attack on 4th November, 1996, two years after his release; there is a ballad describing his life (youtube).

Thomas “Tombo” Kinner was a YCV volunteer of the same unit: platoon 5, A company, 1st battalion.

Volunteer Noel Shaw is described by Sutton as dying in a UVF feud.

Most/All of the people mentioned were members of the Sons Of Ulster flute band (Fb).

“When you go home/Tell them of us/And say for your tomorrow/We gave our today.” is a WWII epitaph by John Maxwell Edmonds in Kohima Cemetery.

Conway Walk, Belfast.

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