Waiting at the barracks door - the Waterford Militia

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1901

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While the sentry (in full uniform but without his rifle) stands guard, and his colleague in "undress" uniform looks on, the new recruits wait in anticipation! A candid image from Poole to start the week. It was presumably taken in Waterford - given that it is labelled as being the "Waterford Militia"?

We entirely concur with Niall McAuley and Rory_Sherlock that this was taken at Waterford's artillery barracks (in the city's South Ward). BultacoFan and others also agreed with the (granted vague) catalogue dating - as this is almost certainly within the first decade (and possibly even the first year or so) of the catalogue's date range. As with equivalent regiments like the Donegal Artillery Militia and Dublin Artillery Militia, these Waterford lads were part-time reservists who undertook training for 3 or 4 weeks of the year. Most of these militia units were largely disbanded by about 1908....

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Almost certainly before c.1914. Likely c.1901 (per catalogue date)


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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Dec/2018 09:39:04

    As I recall from comments at the image below, the helmet with a ball on top is Artillery. There was an Artillery Barracks in Waterford (now gone) and in this 25" map, I see a passage with steps which matches, at the NE side of the Eastern corner of the barracks buildings, at the spot now occupied by St. Carthage's Avenue. E.F. Fraser? = Edward Francis Frazer!

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    • 10/Dec/2018 09:45:54

    This has to before 1922, and probably before 1914, too.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 10/Dec/2018 12:22:17

    Stripped button down collar shirt, very cool.

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    • 10/Dec/2018 18:26:04

    Could they belong to the Royal Munster Fusiliers? The ball-and-flame collar badge on both uniforms is very like that of the RMF (and also like that of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and that of the Grenadier Guards)... They're like the one used by the Royal Artillery too, but they lack the 'UBIQUE' banner at the base.

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    • 10/Dec/2018 19:20:29

    No... having looked at the buttons and helmet more closely, they clearly belong to the Royal Artillery

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    • 10/Dec/2018 19:20:30

    Great quality photo. Thanks.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 14/Dec/2018 09:00:05

    Superb shot!

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    • 24/May/2019 06:03:27

    My great grandfather was station at royal artillery barracks around 1910..he married my grandmother local girl in 1912 i'm trying to find out information as we know he came from England but can't trace him ...his name was George Guest. Does anyone know where I can find more information. thank you.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/May/2019 16:20:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] 4 George Guests in the 1911 census, but only one was from England and he was a commercial traveller. More luck with the marriage records, at this link we have George Guest, of the Royal Artillery, address Artillery Barracks Waterford, marrying Nellie Maher of Grange Terrace Waterford. His father is given as Thomas Guest (deceased), Farmer, and hers as Thomas Maher, Bottler. Date 18th Feb 1912, at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, witnesses James and Johanna Corcoran. Nellie is noted as a Minor, younger than 21.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/May/2019 16:24:39

    Grange terrace, rings a bell. I think we have seen pictures of grange terrace here... yes, here it is in 1913: Grange Terrace (and its children) Waterford!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/May/2019 16:41:58

    OK, after a few minutes in the census, I think this must be Nellie: recorded as Ellen, 20 in 1911, a dressmaker, father Thomas a labourer.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/May/2019 17:01:06

    If his name was George William, it is possible the Imperial War Museum have a BBC 1960s tape recording of his recollections of the Great War here.