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Text and Photograph: Bill Rolston ... Page Compiled: Fionnuala McKenna


The Battle of the Somme 1916

The UVF, Ulster Volunteer Force, was formed in 1912 to oppose Home Rule for Ireland. With the outbreak of World War I, the moves toward Home Rule were suspended, and the UVF en masse joined the British Army under the title of the Ulster Division. Ironically, on July 12, 1916, the Division was decimated at the Battle of the Somme. Upwards of 50,000 men were killed or injured in the few days of that Battle, and there was hardly a Protestant household in the North of Ireland which was not affected.

Location and Date
Donegall Pass, Belfast, 1990

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