Faugh A Ballagh

“Faugh a ballagh” (Clear the way) was the motto of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (and then of the Royal Irish Rangers and currently of the Royal Irish Regiment). The Fusiliers served on the western front during WWI – the first and ninth battalions serving in the 36th (Ulster) Division – and the 3rd battalion helped put down the Easter Rising in 1916. Its coat of arm are one of four panels along with the 36th, the Royal Irish Rifles, and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
The Thiepval Memorial, the Cross of Sacrifice, and the Ulster Tower are pictured in the bottom left.
For the large upper board, see So Many; for the one in the bottom right, see Repaying Their Memory.
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text: X04010 willowfield charge from thiepval wood “Never before was a debt owed to so few by so many. Generation after generation owe them everything. Lest we forget.” faugh a ballagh nec aspera terrant terrent quis separabit

Luminaries And Legends

Famous faces and landmarks from east Belfast, including, in the foreground, guitarists Gary Moore and Eric Bell (from Thin Lizzy). Included in the bottom right is the artist himself, Dee Craig. For a complete list, see the info board, below.
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text: X04102 X04103 connswater st urban village NI executive communities belfast mural arts van morrison CS lewis george best david holmes danny blanchflower lucy caldwell marie jones james ellis

Search Party

Here is a final board from the memorial installation to UDR Privates Starrett and Cummings in Thorndyke Street, showing soldiers searching for arms near some outbuildings. For information on Starrett and Cummings, see Ulsters Defenders Of The Realm (also Stop – Check Point).
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Stop – Check Point

Here is a third panel from a new UDR wall in east Belfast, a collage of UDR activities (on the streets, on base, manning check-points, in boats, helicopters, with dogs) with a few pieces of republican signs as backdrop (Free Derry Corner, “Provies rule”, “Such is British justice – remember 9th August”)
Two previous panels: Ulster Defenders Of The Realm
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In All Theatres Of Conflict

“In memory of the men and women from the Orangefield area, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of our freedom in all theatres of conflict, both foreign and at home.” Memorial boards to the members of the 8th battalion 36th (Ulster) Division, formed from men from Avoniel and Strandtown.
For the Clyde Valley boards on the left, see Bloomfield House.
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Ulster Defenders Of The Realm

Privates Fred Starrett and James Cummings died in an IRA bombing on Belfast’s Royal Avenue on February 24th, 1988. Both Orangemen, their deaths are commemorated every year by a parade from east Belfast to the city centre. Shown in today’s post are two panels (of four) from a new UDR commemorative wall in east Belfast.
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Bloomfield House

The 100th anniversary plaque and board shown in today’s post are on the spot of Bloomfield House, where guns from Clyde Valley were held for the East Belfast battalion of the Ulster Volunteers in 1914.
See also: John Henry Patterson’s involvement in Operation Lion.
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text: X04054 X04055 X04056 orangefield house gunrunners for god and ulster “When the 3rd Home Rule bill was passed by parliament in 1912, Ulster Unionists under the leadership of Edward Carson and James Craig realised that armed resistance was the only resort left to them to remain British. The Ulster Volunteer Force was formed in January 1913 and comprised of 100,000 men. East Belfast Regiment was the largest in the UVF with over 10,000 men divided into 6 Battalions: 1st Ballynafeigh & Newtownbreda, 2nd Willowfield, 3rd Mountpottinger, 4th Victoria, 5th Avoniel, 6th Strandtown & Knock. Major Fred Crawford was tasked with procuring weapons and ammunition. On 24/25th April 1914 he did just this when he landed 25,000 rifles and 3,000,000 rounds of ammunition from Clyde Valley at Larne and Donaghadee in Operation Lion. These munitions were taken all over the country, and a consignment was sent to East Belfast UVF. Part of this consignment was concealed in the grounds of Bloomfield House, which stood on this location.”

Between The Crosses

The “Jesus” tag at the corner of My Lady’s and London roads has been replaced with a WWI mural showing soldiers running through a field of poppies, and which is surrounded by plaques from the Poppy Trail with the details of some of those from the 36th (Ulster) Division who were killed.
For the four panels on the right, see Ulsters Brave.

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Ulsters Brave

Photographic portraits of four UVF members – Robert “Squeak” Seymour (east Belfast commander), Joe Long, Robert Bennett, James Cordner – on panels adjacent to a new Somme mural (shown tomorrow). Seymour died in 1988, the others in the early seventies. The same four are commemorated on a mural (and a plaque) on Ballymacarrett Road. “At Ulster’s call, they gave their all, a different war, on a different day, a bloody sacrifice, was the price to pay.”
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text: X04066 london rd lest we forget if they ask you will you kindly tell them here lies a soldier of the UVF resting where no shadows fall he shall grow not old as we that are left grow old

The Sacrifice Remains The Same

Poppy Trail boards have been added below the 2013 Time Changes board commemorating the sacrifice of the 36th (Ulster) Division – in black-and-white on the left – and the Royal Irish Rifles – in colour on the right.
Previously from the Poppy Trail: Among The FallenPoppy Trail 1914Poppy Trail 1915Poppy Trail 1916 | HMS HawkeXXXVI
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