Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Lord Mayor to receive First World War archival collections

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Naoise O Muiri, will receive
First World War archival collections on behalf of the city at an event
in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street Library, 138-144
Pearse Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 13 October 2012 at 3.00 p.m.
These collections have been donated to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Association Archive by relatives of those who fought in the First
World War 1914-1918.

The collections relate to soldiers who fought in France and also in
Gallipoli. James Perry has donated digital images of the John Fields
Collection which belonged to his grandfather who served in the Middle
East during the First World War. The material includes postcards of
the Suez Canal, cigarette cards and photographs of original objects,
including Private Fields’ whistle with leather strap, chevrons from
his uniform and most poignantly, a pressed flower.

Dr. Paul Gueret has donated papers and memorabilia relating to
Lieutenant Paul Gueret of the Trinity College Officer Training Corps
and the First Royal Dublin Fusiliers. This includes an extraordinary
example of trench art consisting of three bullets soldered together in
the shape of an X, which was made for Lieutenant Gueret by German
prisoners-of-war as gifts for his forthcoming marriage in 1919.

The most recent donation is the Condron Collection, just received from
Mrs. Helen Turner and her mother Peggy, whose stepfather Lieutenant
Michael Andrew Condron served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in
India. This collection covers the period from 1907 to 1920 and
contains books, photographs, maps, regimental spoons and napkin
holders, uniforms and pit helmets, and even a football team sock – all
of military life is there!

The Lord Mayor commented: “Dublin City Council is proud to work with
the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association in building up this First World
War collection which is held by Dublin City Library & Archive. The
RDFA Archive relies entirely on the generosity of the families who
have willingly donated their precious papers and mementoes to be
housed with this growing collection. Behind each of these donations is
a story of human endeavour and heroism, in the face of overwhelming
odds and appalling suffering. The RDFA Archive reminds us that the
Great War is a chapter in Dublin’s history and Irish history as well
as in world history.”