Tamery Pass

Tamery Pass (and Willowfield Walk) lies below Beersbridge Road between Woodstock and Castlereagh roads. This mural, at the lower entrance to the area, celebrates the area’s contribution to the Young Citizen Volunteers who fought in WWI. Willowfield Street, Belfast.

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Copyright © 2008 Peter Moloney

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Rising Sons Flute Band

“Rising Sons Flute Band (Fb) East Belfast 1985″ with the emblem of the Red Hand Commando on either side, flanking the insignia of the 36th (Ulster) Division, Ulster Volunteers, Royal Irish Rifles, UDR, and B-Specials (Ulster Special Constabulary). “Their name liveth forever more.” Seen in progress in 2005.

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The Battle Of The Somme 1916

Soldier from the 36th (Ulster) Division go over the top at the battle of the Somme – the original photograph is included below. In faded/running letters on the right, “At the going down of the sun/And in the morning/We will remember them.”

The UDA mural on the left of the youth club is to Sgt Lindsay Mooney.

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William McFadzean

“Pte William McFadzean, 36th (Ulster) Division (109 Brigade), 9th October 1895-1st July 1916, Age 20, Victoria Cross.” McFadzean earned the VC for throwing himself on some live grenades that had fallen into the trench. To the left and right are the emblems of the 36th Division and the Ulster Volunteer Force. Sperrin Park, Londonderry.

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1st July 1916

Soldiers from the 36th (Ulster) Division of the British Army participated in the Battle Of Albert on July 1st, 1916, the first battle in the Battle Of The Somme, which would continue until November 18th. In those four and half months more than one million soldiers were killed or wounded, including, on July 1st alone, about 60,000 British troops. The 36th (Ulster) Division, on the left flank, pushed ahead of other units and found itself unsupported; 5,240 of its soldiers died.

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Female Guardians

This pair of images — “Deserted! Well – I can stand alone” from the anti-Home Rule campaign that continued during WWI and the other a more contemporary scene of “a protestant farmer’s wife guard[ing] her husband against sectarian attack from across the border” — was previously painted in (what remains of) Moscow Street, next to the Rex bar on the Shankill. (See X00066. See also M00558 lower Shankill | M00621 east Belfast | M02302 east Belfast). The plaque on the right was not originally part of the mural (see J2395) and the mural would later be modified by the removal of the Orange Order and St Andrew’s flags (but not the UVF emblem), replaced by a shamrock-strewn banner reading “Fight To A Finish” (M08026).

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