Comrades in arms sharing the pain.

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When: 25 July 1922

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“Injured soldier being cared for by the Red Cross on the South Western Front during the Irish Civil War”! A long title for a photograph that tells a tale from 98 years ago somewhere in Munster. The wounded man appears to be in considerable pain and is being held and comforted by his friend and colleague. Two things that stand out for me are the makeshift Red Cross armbands on the two medics, and the old-fashioned kit bag seemingly holding their first aid supplies!

Photographer: W. D. Hogan

Collection: Hogan Collection

Date: 25 July 1922

NLI Ref.: HOG216

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    Bernard Healy

    • 23/Nov/2020 08:55:05

    There's an interesting mix of uniforms & civilian clothes in this picture. The date of the picture would suggest that this might have been part of the Battle of Kilmallock.

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    • 23/Nov/2020 09:19:28

    possibly not "Red Cross" as one of them is definitely in military uniform - first sighting (!) of army medical corps ...

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    • 23/Nov/2020 10:09:50

    A Google image search finds a version in the University College Dublin, Desmond Fitzgerald photographs, with this blurb - " Photograph by W.D. Hogan of three Irish Free State Army soldiers, two members of a medical corps, tending the leg of a wounded man; one soldier is supporting the man's head; the wounded man is dressed in civilian clothes but is possibly wearing a gun belt. "

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    • 23/Nov/2020 10:23:50

    25 July 1922 was a Tuesday. On the previous Tuesday, 18 July, Mr Hogan was in Dublin with a makeshift ambulance -

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    • 23/Nov/2020 10:29:47

    This was taken on the same day (25 July) - it might provide more clues -

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    • 23/Nov/2020 10:41:13


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    O Mac

    • 23/Nov/2020 10:49:02

    [[email protected]/] That "same day" one was taken at Bruff, Co. Limerick.

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    an poc

    • 23/Nov/2020 10:51:53

    [] The photo you mention appears to have been taken in Bruff, Co. Limerick:'Connor's+Pharmacy/@52.4767206.... This might also be of interest:

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    • 23/Nov/2020 10:53:18

    Previous day (24 July) has lots of location information -

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    John Spooner

    • 23/Nov/2020 11:59:24 A report in the Drogheda Independent of Saturday 22 July 1922 refers to 'the Red Cross section of the National Army', but that could be a journalist who didn't know the official terminology. PS and there are plenty of references to the National Army Medical Corps that month.

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    • 23/Nov/2020 17:15:17

    Perhaps a wounded IRA prisoner, given the civies and gun belt?